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.
- 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?
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.
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.
- What has happened
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.
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.
- 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”.
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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