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66 Alton Road development – which has not happened……yet?

What’s happening?

A planning application (2017/3082) was a planning application which attempted to build 24 apartments to be built on the existing area of 66 Alton Road, Roehampton, London, SW15 4NJ. This application was withdrawn.

66 Alton Road is located at – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51%C2%B026’41.4%22N+0%C2%B014’31.9%22W/@51.444837,-0.2432161,259m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbbf640445:0xefef0f5e3edfd11c!2s66+Alton+Rd,+London+SW15+4NJ!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449792!4d-0.2420914!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4448371!4d-0.2422054

The background

“Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two buildings to provide 24 apartments with associated parking and landscaping” as sourced from –

https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=898459&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING

More information regarding the planning application can be found at the following link – https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2017/3082

From the document source mentioned above the high level information is summarised, on a best efforts basis, as follows;

What does the area look like?

The following are photos from various angles as to what the area currently looks like.

Alton Road 66

Alton Road 66

Alton Road 66

Local area importance

The ‘Alton Conservation Area & Management Strategy’ outlines the following with regards to this building – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/1356/alton_ca_appraisal_and_management_strategy

Page 16 – 4.12: “The Alton Conservation Area is a rare, possibly unique combination of eighteenth century and twentieth century picturesque landscape. There are scores of magnificent mature trees, including one, a Lucombe Oak, which is on the list of Great Trees of London. There are tree preservation orders on the trees around Mount Clare, Parkstead and Downshire House and at 66 Alton Road. The area is included in the Council’s Inventory of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest”.

Page 23 – 5.15 “The maisonettes have brick facings for external walls, with load bearing brick cross walls, reinforced concrete floors and pitched roofs. The house at no. 33 Bessborough Road and no. 66 Alton Road adds to the vast variety of this character area”. (page 23)

Page 24 – 5.23 “Although many mature trees, garden walls and other features were retained, and the point blocks carefully positioned to ensure they could benefit from the existing landscape, only one of the Victorian villas survives at no 66 Alton Road. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”.

Page 42 – 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

“This part of Alton East sees one of the last surviving (smaller) Victorian villas at no. 66 Alton Road. Built in yellow stock brick, with a range of co-ordinated window styles, some are detailed with a Gothic reference. Three storeys in height. Decorative timber fascias and two chimneys on the same side define the roof – all these details gives the building great character and presence on this street. Some poor alterations carried out but not to the detriment of the building’s strong character. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at no 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”. 

Page 49 – 1.38 “As part of the conservation area appraisal process a number of buildings were added to the Council’s Local List. Further details are given in Appendix 2 to the appraisal.

  • Cedars cottages, 1 Cedars Cottages, Roehampton Lane SW154HS
  • Ibstock Place School (remaining historic part),
  • Clarence Lane, SW15 5PY
  • Maryfield Convent and Chapel – Mount Angelus Road, SW154JA
  • 170 Hartfield House, Roehampton Lane, SW15 4EU
  • 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ 33 Bessborough Road, SW15 4BN
  • 68-78 and 80-86 Minstead Gardens, SW15 4EW”

Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (WACC)

At the Council’s WACC meeting of 10 July 2017 the view regarding this planning application was;

“3.  2017/3082: 66 Alton Road, SW15

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two buildings to provide 24 apartments with associated parking and landscaping. (Outline – all matters reserved).

Objection – The Committee objects to the loss of a fine locally listed building in a conservation area with historical importance and to the loss of green space. This is one of the few remnants in the area of pre-Alton Estate development. The loss of this building is entirely unjustified and unacceptable and the principle should be resisted. To talk about the dreary replacement buildings would take away from the unacceptability of loss of the existing building, which is of primary importance”.

Source – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=493&MId=5307&Ver=4

Local views

A petition was created on change.org which was against the demolition with 419 signing this – https://www.change.org/p/wandsworth-borough-council-object-to-demolition-of-66-alton-road-sw15

Putneysw15 had three articles, at least, which covered this planning application;

Object to demolition of 66 Alton Road SW15 (12 July 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=community&link=http://appasp.putneysw15.com/server/app/forum/ShowMessage.asp?ID=1209027

Application made to demolish locally listed house on Alton Road (14 July 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conplanning003.htm

Plans to Demolish Roehampton Victorian Villa Withdraw (11 September 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conplanning003b.htm

Is it over?

Just because this planning application has been withdrawn does not mean it is finished. Those of you that remember the Roehampton University portacabins situation might remember that there were three planning application attempts before this was finally agreed. Planning references 2015/5648, 2016/1385 and 2016/5912. For further background – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/what-became-of-the-portacabin-planning-application/

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Water sprinklers – Questions and (attempted) Answers

Introduction

Before we get into the questions and answers (Q&As) is should be noted that the answers are provided on best efforts basis and the reader should make their own efforts to confirm the answers.

The following relates to some of the questions which have been asked by various individuals.

  1. How much is this going to cost?

According to the Council, the initial cost is between £3,000 and £4,000 – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/questions-to-the-council-regarding-the-3000-to-4000-water-sprinkler-charge/

The London Assembly has some thoughts on cost variation – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/gla-document-on-retrofitting-water-sprinklers-march-2018/

2. What about ongoing maintenance cost?

There seems to have no mention of this (though happy to be corrected) yet the London Assembly estimates annual service charge impacts to be between £75 and £150 per annum – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/gla-document-on-retrofitting-water-sprinklers-march-2018/

3. Fire Risk Assessments – what does this say about water sprinklers?

Well, in many of the 2016 FRAs in section 2.6.8 it states that water sprinklers are not required – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/fire-risk-assessments-section-2-6-8/

4. I’m a leaseholder and don’t live in one of the 99 blocks impacted, should I be concerned?

That’s your choice, though something which you may wish to bear in mind is that many buildings, tall and not, share the same text in their lease – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/only-leaseholders-in-10-storeys-impacted-by-water-sprinklers/

5. I’m not sure where my lease is, how can I get another copy of it?

If you’re stuck the Council can provide another copy of it though there is a fee – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200373/i_am_a_leaseholder/106/council_leaseholders/3

6. The Council has commented on a mortgage lender not lending on tall buildings without water sprinklers?

That’s true though the lender has a low market share so should this be a consideration? – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/mortgage-lenders-not-lending-on-tall-buildings-without-water-sprinklers/

6. Will this impact future major works schedules?

Such impacts should perhaps be considered due to the financial implications to leaseholders and the Council’s overall budgeting. Examples are whereby some leaseholders have already had one or more recent major works costs. One such example is outlined – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/alton-leaseholders-meeting-some-notes-6th-november-2017/

7. Has any legal advice been sought for challenging this?

Yes there has and there is some work ongoing in seeking a lawyer for additional support, though there are various strands currently looking into this. Some of the advice offered is below;

LEASE – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/what-does-the-citizens-advice-bureau-suggest-regarding-water-sprinklers/

Citizens Advice Bureau – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/feedback-from-lease-regarding-retro-fitting-water-sprinklers/

8. I’d like to try and speak with other leaseholders in my building though not sure which flats are leasehold?

Yes, this can be tricky, though some ideas are provided at – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/how-to-locate-leaseholders-in-your-block/

Also, it has been highlighted how you can find out the number of leaseholders (resident and non-resident) and council tenants per block at – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/questions-to-wandsworth-borough-council-about-water-sprinklers/

9. I didn’t see either of the show flats, are there photos I can see?

We’ve tried our best and the following has photos of both;

Flat #1 – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/view-sprinkler-show-flat-4-may-2018/

Flat #2 on Alton Estate – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/alton-estate-water-sprinkler-show-flat/

10. Didn’t the Council suggest that a ‘small number of leaseholders’ have raised concerns?

That has been mentioned in Question 4 of the Council’s Questions and Answers session on 6th December 2017 – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/council-questions-and-answers-about-water-sprinklers-6-december-2017/

Not sure this claim to be a ‘small number’ holds based on the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT) recent ask for a larger venue for the holding of the Tribunal – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/breaking-news-about-sprinklers-from-the-tribunal/

11. Is there any impact on contents insurance?

Anecdotally, we have heard of one leaseholder calling their contents provider to ask the question and apparently this made no difference to the contents insurance policy and cost. However, this would (it is guessed) vary for each situation and it might be an idea if you speak with your contents provider to ask about any potential impacts.

12. What about buildings insurance impacts?

Council seems to think it will result in reduction to service charges though it may not make much difference to the service charge bottom line – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/retro-fitting-water-sprinklers-impact-on-building-insurance/

13. Some people have raised concerns about asbestos becoming a problem?

At best, we can only share what we have come across – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/retro-fitting-water-sprinklers-and-asbestos-concerns-raised/

14. How many days off work do I need to have a think about for installation, should I take time off work?

No information, that we know of, has been made available on this by the Council, however, one might consider Croydon’s experience as a proxy, refer to questions (8, 14 and 19) – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/faqs-about-water-sprinklers-by-croydon-council/

15. Has this situation been covered in the media?

On a few occasions it has, more recently, the following examples;

Sprinkler madness and Council incompetence (putneysw15)

http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=community&link=http://appasp.putneysw15.com/server/app/forum/ShowMessage.asp?ID=1270495

Residents Planning Protest Over Sprinkler Charges (putneysw15)

http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&link=http://neighbournet.com/server/common/consprinklersprotest001.htm

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored (The Guardian)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/31/grenfell-tower-block-tenants-tragedy?CMP=share_btn_fb#comment-119948786

Wandsworth residents concerned over council plans to retrofit sprinklers in tower blocks (Wandsworth Guardian)

http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/16685359.wandsworth-residents-concerned-over-council-plans-to-retrofit-sprinklers-in-tower-blocks/

16. Anything else about water sprinklers?

Type ‘water sprinklers’ in the search section to see the many articles about this topic.

What do you think?

Please leave a comment on the blog with your thoughts.

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Roehampton High Street – provide your feedback regarding CPZ extension

If you haven’t seen it, please get your comments in regarding the proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) extension for Roehampton High Street.

Comments must be received by Monday 18 June.

Please have a think about how this might impact the Alton Estate for if a CPZ is agreed there, will cars then park on the Alton Estate?

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Drug bust at Southlands College

This article is a little late in being published though it might be worthwhile given the local elections are just around the corner, especially as one of the ward Councillors works at Roehampton University.

The following text comes from putneysw15 article ‘Drugs Bust’ At Roehampton University’ –

“A male student was arrested on Friday (16 March) following a search at Southlands College, part of the Roehampton University campus, for possession of a large amount of a Class A drug later confirmed to be MDMA. He was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply”.

About this time last year there was a drugs related arrest at Whitelands College.

If you have any information in regards to the supply of drugs please contact us or you can do it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 08448 222 888

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Service charges – leaseholders, fed up of mysterious £ increases?

Leaseholders, do you know this feeling? The services charges letter comes in and the charge is so much, then later, at some point, another letter comes in and the costs have gone up? Well, here are two examples…..

Hersham Close – Notice of Intention: External decoration & Associated Repairs

Letter dated 20 March 2014 states;

Then letter dated 13 October 2014 states almost double the cost;

This even ended up on the putneysw15 website with the article ‘Hersham Close service charge – sorry, how much? (26 October 2014)’.

A tall building on the Alton West (which is due to have retro-fitting of water sprinklers) – Notice of Intention: Replacement of Communal Extractor Fans & Associated Works

Letter dated 23 January 2015 states;

Letter dated 23 February 2018 states;

Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) (12 February 2018)

Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) requested that information be provided at these WAHP meetings whereby it highlights what the original predicted major works costs were and what they became, so that leaseholders could be made aware of what is happening, improved transparency could be obtained, and leaseholders could learn what is working or not working regarding the process. Let’s see what happens.

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Roehampton University wins architecture award

Sometimes one asks oneself, does this make sense?

Well, the following might be one such example…..

Very recently, Roehampton University was awarded a Wandsworth Design Award as;

“Chadwick Hall at the University of Roehampton was also given the Mayor’s Design Award. Judges were impressed with its contemporary design to provide student accommodation on a challenging site within the ground of grade II* listed Downshire House. The project also saw the restoration of the garden and The Watchers, a grade II listed sculpture”.

This was also mentioned on the putneysw15 website.

Now, where does it feature that this institution has a listed building which is approaching 20 years as a Historic England Heritage at Risk item?

Nor, that it applied, three times, for retrospective planning application for its portacabins located by Whitelands College, next to Parkstead House also a listed building, and used for teaching purposes?

What do you think?

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Fire in Highcliffe Drive (18 January 2018)

It was a little ironic that the same day as retro-fitting water sprinklers was to be discussed by the Housing and Regeneration Overview Scrutiny Committee (18 January 2018) there was a fire in Highcliffe Drive, SW15 4PS.

It was covered by;

Putneysw15 with the article ‘Firefighters Save Cat From Blaze in Roehampton’

Wandsworth Guardian in the article ‘Cat rescued after fire broke out at block of flats in Roehampton’

Have a read and see what you think of this in regards to retro-fitting water sprinklers and why this was not mentioned at the Council meeting the same evening?

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