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Temple update (with photos)

Background

There have been a few articles about the Temple located in Minstead Gardens which is within Roehampton University’s grounds and that this year, rather sadly, is the 20th year of this local Grade II* listed artefact being on Historic England’s list of Heritage at Risk items.

However, progress has been made to improve the area around the Temple as per the works outlined in planning application 2018/2260.

Much of the background that has been mentioned in roeregeneration blogs can be located within the following link – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/?s=Temple%2C+Minstead

Though you may find further information with other word searches.

What happened in April 2019?

The Putney Society with the Roehampton University kindly organized for interested stakeholders to attend a closer inspection of the Temple. From the following photos it can be seen that there is a great improvement both the fencing protecting the Temple as well as the surrounding area. It is also hoped that the photos do some justice for highlighting what a local treasure this building is.

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Roehampton University signage, another retrospective planning application?

Background

Some of you may remember the (in)famous portacabins by Paskstead House which was challenged by many local residents as well as Residents’ Associations (RAs). Planning applications 2015/5648, 2016/1385 and 2016/5912 refer to this and is briefly covered by the following article – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/what-became-of-the-portacabin-planning-application/ . Though if you enter these planning applications or ‘portacabins’ into the serach engine they will be quite a few articles on this.

However, in March 2018 this blog site had an article regarding some signage by Whitelands College asking if it had planning permission – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/roehampton-university-do-you-need-planning-permission-for-this/ .

It turns out that Roehampton University did not have planning permission for not only this signage but for 12 such signs within the ward. As such the University submitted planning application 2018/2773 – https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=936032&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 .

Which signs were these?

They are highlighted below.

A bit cheeky?

It seems that  someone responsible for the planning application used the photos provided by the resident which highlighted the lack of a planning application? The photos in the planning application were as follows and it can be seen they very similar to the ones above? – https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/doc/Drawing-5033717.pdf?extension=.pdf&id=5033717&location=VOLUME9&contentType=application/pdf&pageCount=1

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Shipping containers by Mount Clare

Background

Mount Clare is to be a key feature of the Alton Estate regeneration. For those that are unaware, this building is Grade I listed (reference LB/099).  Yet, if this the case what is the situation with all of these shipping containers being so close to the building?

Information about the listing – https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/gis/search/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Listed%20Building%20Details&TYPE=WBCLBPK&PARAM0=111&XSLT=xslt/lbdetails.xslt&DAURI=PLANNING

 Where is Mount Clare located?

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/51.4518937,-0.2509729/51.451902,-0.2510451/@51.4519759,-0.2512693,113m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2

 Some photos

It can be seen that these containers have been here for some time.

20th May 2018

26 January 2019

What’s been done about this?

On the 31st January 2019 one resident completed an enforcement notice regarding these shipping containers. The reference number being 1006.0.

The latest position?

Email from the Council has responded with the following.

“Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:29:36 AM GMT

Subject: FW: Ref: 1006.0 – Report an alleged breach of planning control form submission

I have been in discussions with the university. The containers are storing furniture etc for another building currently under redevelopment. However, they are so far away that they do not fall under permitted development.

While I do not consider the containers greatly affect the area, they are still within the curtilage of the Mount Clare building.

Therefore, I’ve instructed that they need to be removed”.

Summary

Much like the infamous portacabins which required retrospective planning applications it seems that Roehampton University has again over reached on its responsibilities towards local heritage?

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Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (12 March 2019)

Background

At the upcoming Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (WACC) on 12th March 2019 there are a few Roehampton & Putney Heath ward entries – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=493&MId=6071

Item 3 – Minutes 8th January 20019

Refer to – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s64834/Minutes%20-%208th%20January%202019.pdf

(vi) Mount Clare Campus, Minstead Gardens (2018/4390)

The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer provided an update in relation to the cedar tree on the site that was discussed at the last meeting. He noted that he had contacted the University’s Director of Estates in 2015 about the decaying tree and that he could not find any evidence of a response. He explained that the tree was protected by a Tree Preservation Order but that it was now just a tree stump. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer informed the Committee that he would discuss the replacement of the tree with the University. It was confirmed that the Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer would contact Gilly King and/or the Director of Estates to discuss the tree replacement.

(ii) Alton Estate Regeneration

John Horrocks, Putney Society, noted that the Alton Estate regeneration planning application was scheduled to be submitted at the end of January 2019. He stated that this would be located within the largest conservation area in Wandsworth and hoped that it would be considered by the Committee at the meeting in March 2019. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer noted that there had been four Design and Review Panels in relation to this application and that the details would be published online.

Item 4 – Applications (Paper No. 19-108)

Refer to – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s64828/Applications%20Paper%20No.%2019-108.pdf

  1. 2018/4925: 228 Roehampton Lane, SW15 4LE

Demolition of existing car repair garage buildings and the erection of two four-storey buildings (connected by a lower ground floor car park and cycle store) containing 9 x 1 bedroom flats and 6 x 2-bedroom flats, with associated refuse storage and external amenity space, and alterations to the existing vehicular access. (Revised description)

  1. 2018/5671: 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

Alterations including erection of part two-storey, part three-storey replacement side and rear extensions in connection with creation of 5 x 1-bedroom and 4 x 2-bedroom flats with associated access, parking and landscaping.

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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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Is it time Roehampton University provided car parking for its students?

Introduction

The situation regarding car parking on the Alton Estate is well documented and increasing pressures continue through new developments, though there has been one aspect which continues without any real action, and that is whether Roehampton University should provide car parking spaces for its students?

History has shown that the situation regarding Roehampton University students parking their vehicles on the estate is an issue (though to be clear is not the only issue with regards to car parking pressures).

The following provides some history of the concerns raised by residents;

2002 – Whitelands College student accommodation being built

The article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!’ highlighted that even back in 2002 that car parking pressure might be created through student car parking in the area.

2005 – Yellow lines introduced in the area referred to above

In the article ‘History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…’ it is highlighted that yellow lines were introduced due to student car parking pressures in that area.

2015 – Putney Society event at Roehampton University

In the article ‘Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community 24th September – some comments’ there was mention of such car parking pressure.

2016 – Roehampton University acknowledges car parking pressures

In the article ‘Roehampton University planning application 2016/5377’ the University itself acknowledges that in Roehampton there is car parking pressure.

2018 – Controlled Parking Zone being attempted in Roehampton

In the article ‘Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ’ it can be seen that one of the reasons offered for the ask of a CPZ is students parking in the area.

Summary

It can be seen that this issue has been a concern to residents in Roehampton and it might seem that the ostrich firmly has its head in the sand in terms of dealing with this?

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History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…

Introduction

Have you ever noticed the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue? The intersection of Bordon Walk and Whitelands College has them as well as along the Avenue. The following four photos highlight the yellow lines.

Have they always been there?

No, these lines have not always been there. In fact, this history of these yellow lines were highlighted in a correspondence with the Council’s Traffic and Engineering team back in 2017. The following is an extract from that correspondence;

“I can however advise that the waiting restrictions at the junction of Bordon Walk and Holybourne Avenue were introduced in late 2005, following complaints from local residents about obstructive parking in Holybourne Avenue by students attending Roehampton University.

Several surveys were undertaken during 2005 which confirmed that some vehicles were parking in inappropriate locations in Holybourne Avenue, including at its junctions with Bordon Walk and Laverstoke Gardens, close to the main vehicular entrance to the Roehampton University site and at the entrance to the Holybourne Day Centre / Huntercombe Roehampton Hospital, thereby causing safety, traffic flow and vehicular access issues, particularly for emergency services vehicles.  The then Director of Technical Services felt that some sections of yellow line Waiting Restriction were necessary at these locations to prevent this obstructive parking, which not only reduced road safety, but also potentially prevented emergency services vehicles accessing these large off road sites”.

Was this not highlighted as possible concern?

Yeap, seems to have been highlighted as a concern back in 2002 by The Putney Society (TPS) which is covered off in the blog article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!”.

Isn’t there a regeneration starting soon?

Sure is, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the traffic. A very recent example on the ARW Twitter account highlighted the virtual standstill on the Avenue.

Summary

The parking problem on the Alton Estate seems to a slow build up of issues which seems that no one wishes to tackle or possibly goes in the ‘too difficult’ pile?

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