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Pocklington Court planning application has arrived

Well, Alton East is very busy at the moment.

At the moment the Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ (2016/7179) is in the process of being built.

The Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise, SW15 4AE, planning application (2017/6977) is in the process of receiving comments (and you can still get your comments in!).

Now the Pocklington Court 74 Alton Road, SW15 4NN, planning application (2018/0272) has become live as per the following which was received today. It is wondered what impacts will be had on car parking, public transport and the existing planning application 2017/6977?

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What’s impacting car parking on the Alton East?

With the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application (2017/6977) now out for comments, this might be a time to remind readers what impacts car parking on the Alton East on the Alton Estate. Whilst the application itself may not interest the reader, it might be worthwhile reviewing this in context of the following which either do impact car parking on the Alton Estate or could do – (1) the current situation, (2) what has happened and (3) what is or might be coming.

  1. Current situation

Roehampton University does not provide car parking spaces for its students

Given the growth of Roehampton University within the ward is it not unreasonable for it to provide car parking spaces for its students. Let’s remember that Roehampton University code to place its campus within the Alton Estate and as such a question is whether it should be held responsible for some of the car parking issues on the Alton Estate, particularly in the Ibsley Gardens neighbourhood. It might even be viewed as slightly insulting to local residents that Roehampton University prefers to have portacabins in Whitelands College for teaching located on car parking spaces rather than used for cars.

This was a potential problem highlighted as far back as 2002 by The Putney Society, yet 16 years later this appears to be a problem that Councillors have yet to openly tackle?

Manresa neighbourhood

This is the area of the Alton Estate which covers the following areas on the Alton Estate closest to where these portacabins are. Presently, on a regular basis cars are parked on the grass and the area, at times, looks as though it has become a 4 Wheel Drive experience with the amount of grass turned into mud. Very recently the Estate Manager for the area has highlighted that bollards may be put in place by Farnborough House and this would add to the other recent bollard additions.

Local business has used free parking as part of its promotion

At least one business highlights free parking as a selling feature for its services. Do any other businesses do the same?

Parking occurs in front of drop kerbs on a regular basis

This has been frequently seen throughout the estate and parking tickets have been given. In fact, even Council cars have parked in front of drop kerbs.

Car parking is required for major works

An example was the major works for double glazing.

Heathmere School Keepers House, SW15 4LJ, planning application 2016/7179

This is being built right now on Alton Road. This is for 3 x two bedroom apartments and 3 x 1 bedroom apartments with no allocation for car parking.

  1. What has happened

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ, planning application 2017/3082

Almost directly opposite the Heathmere School Keepers House planning application was this recent planning application. This involved 24 new apartments and 12 car parking spaces to be provided. The planning application was withdrawn though this does not mean it is finished as the Roehampton University portacabin application was approved after three attempts.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT, planning application 2015/4004

There was an attempt to change the use of this building from a youth club to a nursery and it was withdrawn. A main objection was that the plan seemed to be inefficient with regards to how car parking would be handled.

  1. What’s coming, actual or possibly?

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

It was mentioned earlier that the planning application was withdrawn though it may be attempted again.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT

At the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 14 September 2018, in Paper 17-268 about the Alton Estate Regeneration Project it states in Section 13 – “The Roehampton Youth Club will be relocated to an upgraded facility on the site of Dilton Gardens. The previous use of this facility was as a youth club but it has been unused for a number of years and is currently occupied by guardians. The Council’s Design Service is preparing a brief for the Dilton Gardens upgrade and officers from the Regeneration Team are having on-going discussions with the Youth Service”. The question is, what car parking will be needed to support this?

Pocklington Court, 74 Alton Court, SW15 4NN

A pre-application consultation was conducted recently (though not a lot of people are aware of it). This entails the following as per the Roehampton Voice Facebook page – “The plan is to build “42 Extra Care one bedroom apartments for rent and 55 one, two and three bedroom apartments for shared ownership or rent to buy”.

Conclusion

These may not be all of the items that have happened, could happen, or will happen, though it might peak reader’s interest in the current Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application consultation.

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Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise Consultation #2

Well, it’s round 2 of the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise Consultation.

As a reminder, there was a pre-application consultation

This time around;

There was some fun and games regarding the dates which the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) spotted and has since been corrected. Not Wandsworth BC also had some fun with this.

This is part 4 of the Alton East recent planning works which people should be aware of. If you are concerned about car parking or general developments in the area, especially the Alton East, there is a lot happening on the planning front and residents might wish to take an interest in this planning application.

The first is the Heathmere School Keeper’s House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ, planning application (2016/7179) which is in the process of being built now. This is for six apartments with no car parking.

The second was the (in)famous planning application for 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ (2017/3082) which was for 24 apartments and with questionable car parking quotas? This was withdrawn though can always come back.

The third which is pending and has not been formally launched yet is the planning application for Pocklington Court. A pre-planning Consultation was provided though not many people were invited or aware of this. Roehampton Voice provides a quick view of this –https://www.facebook.com/RoehamptonVoice/videos/1545465088833192/

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (7 October 2017)

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.

It might be too late to comment on the below applications though this has been put up for information purposes. If you wish to make a comment on the application please review the application and/or contact the Council for further information.

Applications (pages 22)

Application No: 2017/2100

  • Address: 4 Rodway Road, SW15 5DS,
  • Proposal: Excavation to create a basement including formation of front, rear and side lightwells with grille over.

Application No: 2017/5036

  • Address: 123 Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PG,
  • Proposal: Erection of rear/side dormer and part single, part two-storey rear extension.

Application No: 2017/5444

  • Address: Alton Estate, Tunworth Crescent, SW15,
  • Proposal: Request for an EIA Screening and Scoping Opinion under Regulations 6 and 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England) Regulations 2017, for demolition of 288 homes, non-residential facilities and associated structures and erection of a residential-led mixed use development comprising circa 1,000 new and replacement homes, refurbishment of 30 bungalows providing sheltered housing and circa 9,000sqm of new and replacement non-residential floorspace (use classes A1-A5, B1, D1 and D2) together with associated car parking, amenity space and landscaping works and alterations to estate roads and access provision.

Decisions (page 16)

Application: 2017/4304

  • Address: Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road,SW15 4LJ,
  • Proposal: Details of materials, construction management plan, arboricultural method statement & hard and soft landscaping pursuant to conditions 3, 10, 11 & 12 of planning permission dated 24/03/2017 ref 2016/7179 [Erection of 6 dwellings in the form of 3 x two bed duplex apartments at ground and first floor level, all with private external area to the rear and 3 x one bed loft apartments with mezzanine above at second floor level.]

Application: 2017/4494

  • Address: 140 Priory Lane, SW15 5JP,
  • Proposal: Variation of condition 3 (in accordance with approved drawings) pursuant to planning permission dated 25/04/2017 ref 2017/1188 (Alterations to the ground floor to accommodate a garage within the existing footprint of the house including alterations to frontage with new double garage doors and front extension) so as to allow a simplified construction of the garage.

Application: 2017/3816

  • Address: Rex House, 9 Longwood Drive, SW15 5DL,
  • Proposal: Demolition of front boundary wall and erection of replacement wall and gates up to 1.8m high.

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Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – to be discussed at the Planning Application Committee this week

This Thursday 23rd March at 7:30pm at the Council’s Planning Applications Committee the application for Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ (2016/7179) is to be discussed and the Council’s recommendation is to approve Approve with Conditions CIL Liable.

Some comments regarding the supporting document are as follows:

Section: Consultation Summary

This section states 13 objections though it includes representations from the following and this section might understate the level of objections?

  • Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association
  • Hersham Close Residents Association
  • Roehampton Housing Association Ltd
  • Heathmere Primary School
  • Councillor Carpenter (one would think that if a ward Councillor objected that this would be mentioned and there is no mention at all of this objection???)

Section 2.6 – loss of tree

States the following – “The proposed development would result in the loss of one mature tree of good visual amenity value at the front of the site. Nevertheless, this would be adequately mitigated through the provision of new trees on site – to be discussed in further detail in the ‘Arboriculture and Landscaping’ section of the report”. This tree is gone and was commented on the objections.

Section 4.5 – privacy

States the following – “In terms of privacy, there would be a number of new openings across three storeys in easterly and westerly directions from the site. Nevertheless, a high degree of mutual overlooking already subsists over Alton Road and to the rear (east), from existing properties in the locality. As such, it is not considered that the additional windows would significantly increase this level of overlooking, to the detriment of neighbouring privacy levels”. Not so, Greatham Walk 26-34 would have additional windows facing towards the back of the houses where presently there are none.

Section 4.9 – Heathmere School raises concerns

States the following – “Safeguarding concerns have also been raised by the school. However, a distinct boundary would separate the site from the school grounds. Moreover, it is not considered unusual for a residential site to sit adjacent or near to school premises. Therefore, it is considered that safeguarding can be adequately dealt with in accordance with the current procedures and practices of the school – and legislation if necessary – and would not be prejudiced by the proposed development”. One wonders what Heathmere School thinks of this comment?

Section 5.2 – car parking

States the following – “The new residences make no provision for off-street parking. Given the relatively low PTAL rating, and considering the average car ownership rates in this ward, the development is likely to add a minor increase in parking demand to the area. This area is experiencing car parking pressure and the majority of objections received make mention of this. However with no formal parking regulations in place, and given the small size of the development, the expected vehicle movements and car parking demand is not deemed significant enough to warrant any objections from a highway and traffic perspective”. Residents, what do you think of this comment? It reads as though as there is “no formal parking regulations in place” then this could be translated into, “tough, pay for a permit and secure your car parking space”. This lack of controlled parking was recently highlighted in the article about the creation of student accommodation in Whitelands College (“Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!”).

Section 5.6 – car parking

States the following – “In light of the above, it is not expected that the development would give rise to an adverse impact on pedestrian or highways safety in the locality. Furthermore, due to its modest scale, the proposed development would not give rise to a severe impact on the local road network through increased vehicle movements or on-street parking pressure. Highways Officers have raised no objection to the application and TfL are not required to be consulted on this type of application in this location. Therefore, the application is consistent with policies DMT1 and DMT2 of the DMPD”. The Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Resident Association objection had many photos which highlighted that the buses have to swerve between cars and travel between cars, plus the ward Councillors are currently being emailed to highlight concerns regarding car parking.

Local representation on the Planning Application Committee

Councillor Jeremy Ambache is on the Committee.

Council documents for this meeting:

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  • Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – progress

The amount of objections has grown and there are a few groups, in addition to individuals, whom have commented.

Such groups being;

  • Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association
  • Hersham Close Residents Association
  • Roehampton Housing Association Ltd
  • Heathmere Primary School

Some comments are highlighted below;

Heathmere Primary School

Heathmere School would like to object to the planning permission for the erection of a new three storey building overlooking the school. I apologise for the delay in replying but this has only just been brought to my attention and I would be extremely grateful if the schools objections could be considered when reviewing this planning permission as the new building would directly affect the school due to its proximity Details of the planning application are: Location ? Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ Application Number – 2016/7179 Our Details ? Heathmere School, Alton Road, Roehampton, SW15 4LJ There are several issues that directly affect the school if this planning permission was to be granted, namely: 1.    The proposed balconies to the property would directly overlook adjacent properties and more importantly our playground this is a serious safeguarding and child protection issue, the school already has significant issues with parents from adjacent flats peering over the fence to talk to their children and this would be further exasperated by individuals, especially if they are not parents of our children, looking over the school and trying to communicate with the pupils. The school operates very strict procedures relating to safeguarding i.e. blinds are drawn when children are in the hall playing games however we have to be extra vigilant when children are outside, these balconies should not face the school and the planning application should be rejected on this fundamental issue . 2.     Although Alton Road is not considered a heavily trafficked road, it is a bus route which restricts parking for residents, staff and visitors to the school, especially at peak times for morning drops offs and afternoon pick-ups . A key benefit to the school with regards to recruitment and retention is the availability of parking close to the school. As no additional parking is being provided under this planning application this would hinder the staff and visitors of Heathmere School as well as deter potential teachers from applying. Due to the location of the school we already experience extreme difficulties in recruitment, this development would further hinder the progress this school has made in recent years. Could you please acknowledge receipt of this objection and keep the school informed of future developments with regards to this planning application.

Councillor Carpenter

The proposal needs to be modified to provide some off road car parking in the front of the development, as the area is already overparked. Alternatively the adjacent garages could be developed to provide additional off road parking.

Mr Mountford

In response to the letter sent to residents located around the proposed construction, can you inform me as to whether the Eucalyptus Tree in the gardens of said property will remain or will it be affected by ‘associated landscaping’?

According to the plans, it would seem that the Eucalyptus Tree will be removed. As it is one of a kind and unique to Alton Road the tree should remain in situ.

As this used to be a School Keepers House, shouldn’t any renovation or reconstruction consider using this land for the benefit of Heathmere school and its students? Alton Road will become crowded and congested, especially with car parking spaces in short supply.

Can you still get your comments in?

There is nothing to stop you from doing so and it will be down to the Council to accept the late comment.

To read the comments to date and the various documents regarding the planning application, please click on this sentence.

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Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – progress

The amount of objections growing and most recently there was an objection from Roehampton Housing Association Ltd which is well worth the read.  It is understood that the Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association has submitted its objection though is not yet uploaded.

To read the comments to date and the various documents regarding the planning application, please click on this sentence.

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For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk