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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (9 June 2018)

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications (pages 19-20)

Application Number: 2018/1620,

  • Address: Land Between Junction Highcliffe Drive and Cedars Court, Clarence Lane, Roehampton, SW15 4BB,
  • Proposal: New building consisting of 6 residential flats (4 x flats with 3 bedrooms and 2 x flats with 2 bedrooms), with private amenity space, hardstanding for vehicular and pedestrian access, six parking spaces, cycle parking, bin store and dedicated landscape areas. The removal of protected trees and new mitigation planting is proposed.

Application Number: 2018/2567,

  • Address: 69 Medfield Street, SW15 4JY,
  • Proposal: Erection of two dormer roof extensions to main rear roof and single-storey rear/side extension at lower ground floor. Erection of single-storey outbuilding located in the rear garden.

 Application Number: 2018/2569,

  • Address: Putney Vale Cemetery, Kingston Road, SW15 3SB,
  • Proposal: Details of materials pursuant to conditions 2 & 3 of planning permission dated 15/03/2018 ref 2018/0073 and listed building dated 15/03/2018 ref 2018/0091 [The cleaning and restoration of the stonework and metal entrance gates into Putney Vale Cemetery. The installation of the original mounting block with a granite sett surround within the pavement outside the cemetery gates with the installation of an information board. The removal of existing fences around the existing milestone with the addition of a new paving strip within the existing footpath to highlight the milestone.]

Application Number: 2018/2737,

  • Address: The Roehampton Priory Hospital, Priory Lane, SW15 5JJ,
  • Proposal: Alterations to internal window to form opening door. Listed building consent.

Decisions (page 20)

Application Number: 2018/1818,

  • Address: Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LR,
  • Proposal: Details of Construction Management Plan pursuant to condition 5 of planning permission dated 08/03/2018 ref 2017/5493 [Demolition of existing indoor tennis dome near the north-western corner of the site and the erection of a replacement indoor tennis dome structure to provide 3 x indoor tennis courts with ancillary toilet facilities, plant and viewing gallery.]

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Councillor Malcolm Grimston’s 10+ storey block update (16 April 2018)

The latest update from Councillor Malcolm Grimston was received on 16 April with regards to the proposed retro-fitting of water sprinklers in 10+ storey blocks in the Wandsworth Borough Council ward.

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From: Malcolm Grimston
To: News from Councillor Malcolm Grimston
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 2:15 PM
Subject: 10+ storey news

Dear All,

If you have not seen it can I suggest you have a look at the today’s Evening Standard piece on Grenfell – you can find it at https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/shock-grenfell-dossier-reveals-disastrous-refurbishment-turned-tower-into-a-tinderbox-a3814866.html. It discusses a secret 210-page report by fire experts BRE Global into the causes of Grenfell Tower, which somebody has had the courage to leak. The findings are very clear and bang in line with the campaign we have been fighting together in Wandsworth against the Council’s knee-jerk decision to impose sprinklers against residents’ wishes. The report explains in great detail how the original concrete building was turned from a safe structure into a tinderbox by the refurbishment between 2014 and 2016.

The first conclusion of the report is that the fire would not have spread beyond Flat 16 (where it started) and would not have claimed even a single life if the original facade of the building had not been re-clad. The 2014-16 refurbishment failed, in several fundamental areas, to meet fire safety standards set out in the building regulations. Taken together these areas proved critical for the rapid spread of flames across the length and breadth of the building.

The report says: “Grenfell Tower, as originally built, appears to have been designed on the premise of providing very high levels of passive fire protection. The original facade of Grenfell Tower, comprising exposed concrete and, given its age, likely timber or metal frame windows, would not have provided a medium for fire spread up the external surface. In BRE’s opinion … there would have been little opportunity for a fire in a flat of Grenfell Tower to spread to any neighbouring flats.”

The BRE report does refer to the absence of a sprinkler system but does not regard this as directly responsible for loss of life. It does say that door closers would have helped once the fire had started – but of course if the fire could never have started then that becomes a less powerful point.

It is a shame that the powers that be are so determined to keep all of this secret – in Wandsworth we had the same problem when the Council bought expensive legal advice with our money but refused to let us see it. But now we have the facts, and from a company which is a global expert on fire risks. Grenfell Tower, as originally built, ‘provided very high levels of fire protection’ and ‘not a single life would have been lost’ had it not been for the appallingly botched cladding job. This is of course exactly what we all suspected. As you know, right from the start I have been arguing that rather than rush into potentially damaging policy and wasting money which could better be spent on reducing damp and mould, replacing draughty windows and so on – let alone intruding into people’s homes, destroying their decorations and leaving them with the risk and expense of the sprinklers going off accidentally – we should be waiting to hear what actually went wrong. Now we know.

To repeat the facts: none of the ten 10+ storey blocks in West Hill Ward had cladding fitted; nor those in Roehampton; nor those in St Mary Park; nor any in the Borough except Sudbury House in Wandsworth and Castlemaine in Battersea – and I do not know if even these blocks have the same faults as Grenfell (the cladding is being removed anyway, probably inevitably). So as this report makes clear and as we all really knew already, none of the features which caused the dreadful tragedy of Grenfell Tower apply to any of our 10+ storey blocks, whose performance over the last 65 years has shown that they too were designed on the premise of providing very high levels of passive fire protection.

The Council (or at least the ruling Conservative group – to be fair the opposition has recently been a little more willing to listen to our case) still shows no evidence at all of being willing to listen to the facts and to abandon its extreme position. However, I really can’t see how they can possibly stick to their guns in the light of the evidence now before us – they really must climb down, however humiliating that might be. It has been a long campaign with many excellent contributions from residents at the various committees and meetings – the concerns voiced at the West Hill Let’s Talk meeting were especially articulate as were the two deputations to the Housing Committee by Cameron Young on behalf of Edgecombe Hall and earlier by our friends from Roehampton. I believe we may be very close to a famous victory for commonsense and residents’ rights over Council arrogance. If I happen to be reelected next month I will be doing all I can to bring this to a rapid conclusion.

With best wishes,

MALCOLM GRIMSTON

Councillor (Independent), West Hill Ward

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Labour Party leaflet (17 February 2018)

The campaigning comes think and fast over the past few weeks. The latest Labour Party leaflet was received on Saturday 17 February 2018.

No mention of retro-fitting water sprinklers, regeneration, missing Medfield Street benches, and whether planning applications are failing the local community…….

What do you think? Oh, we’ve all had our spelling moments though see if you can spot a variation of Roehampton.

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DARA Club/Focus Hall – where is it?

This DARA Club/Focus Hall holds various meetings, functions and events, yet many people on the Alton Estate are not aware of where it is.

This article is an attempt to highlight where this building is.

The address is

Dara Club/ Focus Room, Minstead Gardens, Roehampton, SW15 4EB

Where it is located

The following link will highlight where the building is – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Greatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP/@51.4512096,-0.2498564,231m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557

What does the building look like?

The pictures below are of the building.

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Western Area Housing Panel (12 February 2018)

The latest meeting of the Residents Association (RA) Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) takes place on 12 February 2018..

The following RAs are members;

  • Cadnam Point Residents’ Association
  • Crown Court Residents’ Association
  • Finchdean House Residents’ Association
  • Glenthorpe Sheltered Residents’ Association
  • Hayward Gardens Residents’ Association
  • Hersham Close Residents’ Association
  • Innes Gardens Residents’ Association
  • Kimpton House Residents’ Association
  • Lennox Sheltered Residents’ Association
  • Manresa and Minstead Sheltered Housing Residents’ Association
  • Putney Vale Residents’ Association
  • St Margaret’s Court Sheltered Residents Association
  • Stockhurst Close Residents’ Association
  • Stoughton Close and Greatham Walk Residents’ Association

The Agenda for the evening:

  1. Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

  1. Minutes

(a) To receive the minutes of the Western Area Housing Panel held on 4 December 2017

(b) To deal with any matters arising from the minutes.

  1. Introduction to Redrow Homes

To receive an introduction to Redrow Homes by Leigh Johnson.

  1. Parking on Alton Estate

To consider issues raised by Charles Einloth, Cadnam Point Residents’ Association, regarding parking on the Alton Estate.

A comprehensive parking study has been commissioned by Redrow Homes as part of its preparation for the planning application. There will be consultation in advance of the planning application which will include parking – the proposed dates of this consultation will be announced shortly.

  1. Elections

(a) Borough Residents’ Forum

To elect one representative from the Western Area Housing Panel to serve on the Borough Residents’ Forum.

(b) Roehampton Partnership

To elect one Western Area Housing Panel Representative from a Sheltered Housing Residents’ Association to the Roehampton Partnership.

  1. Report Back From Borough Residents Forum

To receive a report on the Borough Residents Forum meeting held on 11th January 2018

  1. Report Back From Roehampton Partnership

Exchange of information between the Western Area Housing Panel and the Roehampton Partnership.

  1. Performance Monitoring

To consider a report on the performance of the Housing and Regeneration Department in the Western Area for Quarter 3 of 2017-18

  1. Small Improvements Budget

To consider any new schemes under the small improvement budget programme

  1. Future Meetings

To note the meeting dates for 2018:

  • Tuesday 17th July 2018
  • Monday 24th September 2018
  • Tuesday 4th December 2018

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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017) – comments from the gallery

This meeting of the Roehampton Partnership (RP) was rather underwhelming according to one attendee’s view. The following comments relate to that attendee’s view and obviously others that attended may have a different view of the following contents.

  1. Apologies for absence

There were many attendees that were absent, including the Chair and Vice Chair, and Councillor Mrs Steffi Sutters was the Chair for this evening. There were at least nine absences plus two roles which have not yet been filled.

Interesting, the representatives from University of Roehampton and University of Roehampton Student Union did not attend. This non-attendance was noticed and will be commented on later in this article though bear the following meeting dates in mind when considering this;

  • 21 September 2016 – University of Roehampton attended
  • 23 November 2016 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 15 March 2017 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 14 June 2017 – was cancelled.
  • 26 September 2017 – neither attended.
  • 21 November 2017 – neither attended.
  • 14 March 2018 – date of next meeting

In other words, if the University of Roehampton attends the meeting of 14 March 2018 that would be almost one and a half years between attending meetings, and one year for the University of Roehampton Student Union.

  1. Declarations of Interest

There was none.

  1. Minutes – 26th September 2017

Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) mentioned the following regarding;

  • Matters Arising – the follow up to be provided by Ibstock School was not given though the HCRA asked for this after the meeting.
  • Alton Area Regeneration – it was their suggestion to have Paper 17-268 included within the meeting which was taken up by the Chair.
  • Future Agenda Items – there was no mention of the request to include the retro-fitting of water sprinklers within tall buildings and that this was declined by the Chair.
  1. Alton Area Regeneration

There was quite a bit mentioned under this section.

The Redrow PR team, Communications Potential, apologised that Redrow could not attend due to some reason or other. Interestingly, Redrow did not appear at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) of the 4 December 2017 either due to conflicting schedules. Given Redrow are about to begin work on a major regeneration in the area one might think more effort by Redrow to appear at such meetings may not too much to ask. The PR team provided some information regarding how many people attended the recent exhibitions and the feedback from them.

HCRA raised the issue that not all residents were aware that the Bessborough Road Consultation was held on 15 November 2017. It turns out that Councillors Peter Carpenter and Jeremy Ambache were not aware either of the event though Councillor Sur McKinney commented she was aware. HCRA asked whether this consultation would be presented at the RP and the silence appeared to indicate this was not going to happen.

HCRA also mentioned that various related regeneration items should be raised at the RP and were currently not, these being the Bessborough Road Consultation, Council Papers such as 17-268, and the Environmental Impact Assessment. A Council representative highlighted that we could comment on the planning application, which seemed to defeat the purpose of this advisory group and might be a bit late in terms of providing any feedback?

Councillor Ambache suggested that all regeneration documents should come to the RP first before going to the various Council Committees though this did not garner much support, even from Councillors Carpenter and McKinney. One might argue that this makes sense given the RP’s role?

  1. Public Health Regeneration

There was a short presentation though it seems as though there has not really been any substantial move forward on this topic or ‘social regeneration’.

The HCRA suggested that it might be worthwhile reaching out to Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Co-oridnation Project Manager who provides regular useful updates on grants and health initiatives. To which the presenter commented that she was to meet with this team the following week. The HCRA also suggested that it might be worthwhile having a Roehampton based such distribution, accepting that not all residents on the Alton estate have internet access, though this might be useful.

  1. Transport for London (TfL)

TfL did not attend.

  1. Future Agenda Items

None were mentioned.

  1. Future Meeting Dates

HCRA asked if there was a reason for five meetings dates next year when there are usually four. A person from the Council mentioned that one could always be removed. HCRA followed up with an ask about whether these dates linked in with events next year as this may have been the case for the extra date. The answer from the Council person was that there was likely an error in producing the dates.

The Roehampton Forum member asked if any of these meetings could be held at the University of Roehampton as then it might attend a meeting.

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What became of the portacabin planning application?

For background on Roehampton University’s portacabin planning applications this can be found in previous articles within this blog under variance references such as ‘portacabins’, ‘2016/1385’ or ‘2016/5912’. Many people have asked about this planning application, for various reasons whether it be what happened or how did it not go to the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC), and this blog is to highlight some further background which might be of interest, not just for this application, though perhaps for others.

There were three retrospective planning applications, with the first two being withdrawn.

Application number: 2015/5648

Proposal: Erection of six portacabins for a temporary period of five years.

First Council document mentioned is on 14 October 2015 and the decision notice of 19 February states this application was withdrawn on 14 February 2016.

The portacabins in question are highlighted in the photo below taken from Kimpton House. Keep an eye on the portacabins in the red rectangle. Parkstead House (Grade I listed) is in the background.

Application number: 2016/1385

Proposal: Retention of seven portacabins sited against the southern boundary for a period of three years (affecting the setting of a Grade I listed building).

Decision: Withdrawn

Notice the retention change in the proposal from five years to three years, though the number of portacabins increased from six to seven?

This application was started on 15 March 2016, only a month after application 2015/5648, though was able to continue until December 2016. At this stage, this retrospective planning application had been in motion for a year with two withdrawn applications. There were a lot of objections which were lodged against this withdrawn planning application meaning that objectors had to start again with the next planning application.

Application number: 2016/5912

Proposal: Retention of three portacabins at the southern end of the site for use as additional teaching space for a further 3 years (Affecting the setting of a Grade I listed building).

Application Registered: 14 November 2016, though documents started to be uploaded on 11 October 2016

Decision: Approve with Conditions 14 February 2017

Again, there were a lot of objections, though have you noticed two further amendments.

The retention is now for three cabins instead of seven. Also, the date of approval is 28 months after the first document was uploaded (15 October 2015) with the first planning application (2015/5648).

The following photo, also taken from Kimpton House, highlights the now removed portacabins.

Didn’t Councillor Carpenter suggest he was going to provide resident representations at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC)?

Yes, this was stated at the Roehampton Forum, yet didn’t happen. It has been suggested that Councillor Carpenter may not have been aware of the Council’s delegated power which permits planning application to be agreed by the Council’s planners rather than the PAC. This application was approved as it was less than 500 square metres of non-residential floor space. If this is true, one hopes that Councillor Carpenter is aware of the delegated powers now that he is on the PAC?

Another suggestion was that maybe Councillor Carpenter did not make his views known to the PAC that he wished to make representations at the PAC regarding this planning application. If this is true, then could Councillor Ambache, who was on the PAC at the time, could have informed Councillor Carpenter to make his representation position known to PAC members?

At the Let’s Talk event of 12th September 2016 wasn’t the portacabin planning discussed?

Yes, it was, and the following is taken from the Minutes;

“4. Roehampton University

Question/Comment – A resident said that he had contacted the planning service, without response, about the portacabins that had been erected without planning permission in the car park at Roehampton University facing Kimpton House. He said that the portacabins had been in place over 4 years and reduced on-site parking provision at the University that had been pushed out onto already busy roads such as Holybourne Avenue and Fontley Way. He suggested a survey by the University about staff and student parking during term and non-term time to determine the impact of the portacabins and said that residents were being forced into accepting a CPZ because of University demands. Concern also raised that the University is ‘getting away’ with not following due process and who is auditing the process? A resident raised the issue of excessive noise emanating from the University portacabins that affected Kimpton House and ‘terrified’ some residents.

Response – It was noted that an earlier planning application had been withdrawn but a revised one was due to be submitted including a transport assessment. A planning enforcement notice was still valid in respect of the unauthorised structures. Councillor Carpenter said that the University claimed that the portacabins did not reduce parking as the car park had been repainted to provide the same number of spaces as previously. He again advised residents to come along to the councillors surgeries to speak about any problems and if possible to attend the Roehampton Forum and Roehampton Partnership meetings. Councillor Ambache told the meeting that breaches of planning control should be reported to the planning service at the Town Hall and that, as a member of the Planning Applications Committee that would consider any application, he would not be able to ‘take a position’ on the matter but was listening to the related dialogue. He also confirmed that he was available to be contacted on any of the issues raised and this could be done in a variety of ways.

Councillor McKinney said that she understood the portacabin area to be the psychology department.

 With the consent of the meeting, Rev. McKinney then spoke as a governor of Whitelands College to inform the meeting that some concerns had been expressed at the Roehampton Forum. He said that he would raise the issue of the noise with the college and also that as far as he was aware the portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”.

Note that there is a comment in the Let’s Talk Minutes which states that the “portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”?

What does this application and Ibstock School’s planning application (2015/5074) have in common?

Both applications have taken at least two years to work their way through the planning system before being approved, though were being utilized by the applicants to some extent. As this is typed, Ibstock School’s planning application was registered on 22 September 2015 and is yet to be approved.

Three attempts for one planning application, maybe something to think about for 66 Alton Road?

With so many objections to the second application having to be repeated for the third application, is this a lesson as to the fate that 66 Alton Road (planning application 2017/3082) may face? Residents and interested parties may need to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for further attempts to demolish this building.

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An article about the Alton Estate – “Britain’s most important 20th-century housing is under threat” (21 December 2017)

This past week saw the article “Britain’s most important 20th-century housing is under threat” by Barnabas Calder published in the Apollo Magazine.

To give you an understanding of what the article is about the opening paragraph states – “The Alton Estate in Roehampton, perhaps the most important complex of 20th-century housing in Britain, is under threat from proposals to demolish the centre of the estate and replace it with a very large, very clashing new development. If it goes ahead the estate, and views from Richmond Park, will be changed for ever”.

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Roehampton Lantern Parade (7 December 2017)

Unfortunately, the news of the parade took a while to filter through to residents though it has hoped it was an amazing day, much like it was last year. We can’t wait to see the videos and photos of this wonderful event.

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