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Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (12 March 2019) – part 2

Background

Following on from the 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

There was an update on two local planning applications – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=46335

  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)

Response from the WACC:

Objection –The Committee objected to the proposal in its current form. The Committee considered that there was insufficient information in relation to this application; specifically, in relation to the description, appearance, elevations, and the context of the building. It was added that this was especially important because the site was located in a conservation area. The Committee considered that there was a risk of overdevelopment of the site, that the proposed building was large, and that a detailed understanding of the context was required in order to consider the impact of the proposal. The Committee felt that it was unable to properly assess the application without further information.

  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.

Response from the WACC:

Objection –The Committee objected to the proposal in its current form. The Committee noted that the existing building was locally listed and was a rare, surviving building. The Committee considered that it was important to preserve this unique building and to leave the high quality frontage intact. The Committee felt that the large, rectangular blocks that were proposed were out of sympathy with the building and would ruin the appearance of the building from the front.

The Committee stated that it did not object to the idea of extending the existing building. It was noted that adjoining properties had been extended to the rear and that this may be a more appropriate method of extending the existing building. It was considered that this would align better with the context of the area and would be more sympathetic to the importance and character of the building. The Committee also considered that the large quantity of glass proposed should be reduced and that a more solid building would be more in keeping with the existing building.

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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 a listed Temple or is it a chicken coup?

The Temple in the grounds of Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens, was discussed at the Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee on 6 November 2017 and there was a reference to installing fencing around the Temple in the grounds of Roehampton University.

Now bear in mind that according to Historic England, there are four historic items of interest which are currently labelled Heritage at Risk inSW15, at least on its website (and three of these are in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward).

Well, the fence is up, and one might ask whether the quality of the fencing is of any merit and whether the listed Temple now looks more like a chicken coop?

What a shame……

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Temple in grounds of Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens

Off the back of the article ‘Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (9 January 2018)’ there were a couple of requests to add a photo of the Temple to the blog. A generous photographer from the Alton West part of the estate provided a picture, which is provided below. This picture was taken roughly in November 2014, note that even then this Grade II* monument was boarded up. In the photo you can see in the background the DARA Focus Hall.

 

Perhaps what is a little surprising is how long it has taken to start placing this monument on the radar for some needed attention. At the Putney Society organised event ‘Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community’ on 24 September 2015 the Temple was asked about and there was a mention of the Temple being Heritage at risk and that there had been some vandalism to it.

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Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (9 January 2018)

Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee meets on 9th January 2018 and there are a few items which relate to the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward.

Within ‘Minutes – 6th November 2017’ (Item 2) the following is mentioned;

“5. Any Other Business

(i) Temple in the grounds of Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens

Mr John Horrocks, Putney Society, noted that the Mount Clare Temple, a listed building situated in the grounds of Roehampton University, was in a poor state of repair and that that Roehampton University was not interested in the maintenance of the building.

The Chairman noted that the Council had a contact at the university, Ms Gilly King, and requested that officers looked into this issue.

The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer explained that officers had been on site in late October 2017 as the fencing around the building had been vandalised. Officers were on site a few days after the vandalism and suggested that the University should install some secure fencing; it was believed that this was being undertaken. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer undertook to obtain an update.

It was noted that the future of the site was an issue of concern. It was explained that the site was owned by the Church and that there were seven years remaining on Roehampton University’s lease. There had been a suggestion to demolish the temple in order to build student accommodation and it was noted that there was extant planning permission in respect of this proposal. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer explained that the University was in negotiations with the Church about the future of the site. The Chairman requested a brief update on this issue at the next meeting.

Mr Edward Potter, Royal Institute of British Architects, suggested that it may be useful to install CCTV on site. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer explained that this had been suggested to Roehampton University but that it was considered too expensive”.

Within ‘Applications (Paper No.18-1)’ it states the following;

“9. 2017/6840: Templeton, 118 Priory Lane, SW15

Redevelopment of the western part of Templeton estate including redevelopment of the wardens’ cottages to create four 2-3 bedroomed cottages. Erection of new stable block including four horse stalls, two 1 bedroomed staff cottages, artist’s studio and associated paddock. One new build 5 bedroomed detached house with basement accommodation. Western estate landscaping proposal”.

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Portacabins – follow up questions to the Council’s planners

With regards to the recent planning application 2016/5912, that being to do with Roehampton University’s portacabin application, the following questions have been asked of the Council;

“With regards to the planning application 2016/5912 can answers to the following questions please be provided:

  1. The number of planning application decisions made in the last five calendar years (2012-2016), and the first two months of 2017.  In many cases, the actual applications will have been submitted the previous year;
  2. The number accepted and rejected in each of those years and 2017 to date;
  3. The number of applications considered by the Planning Committee and the number considered under delegated authority by Council officers alone in each of those years;
  4. An acceptance/rejection comparison between those decided by the Planning Committee and those by Council officers alone in each of those years;
  5. The average (both mode and mean) number of objections made in respect of all the possible options in (b) to (d) above, i.e. acceptance/rejection and committee decision/delegated authority; and
  6. How many decisions were made in each of the five years for which there were more than 50 objections and of these, how many were accepted/rejected and how many decided by Committee/delegated authority.
  7. Please explain why the suggestion of the Wandsworth Conservation Area Advisory Committee for one year retention, rather than three, was not selected as the timeframe ?
  8. This first application, 2016/1365, started in March 2016, and this request was for a three year retention, then removed. A Travel Plan was requested and this application was withdrawn and then replaced by 2016/5912 which was also for a three year period. Please explain the reason for allowing the University an additional 11 months (March 2016 to February 2017) on top of the original 3 years?
  9. The number of objections (107) seems low. I have seen an email correspondence from Mr Pierce which confirms that for Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) that its objection would count not as one objection but equal to the number of properties it represents, thereby this would make that 48. HCRA did not obtain individual objections based on this understanding. Extending this concept, then Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association would be 49 objections and not one. Please confirm the position regarding how objections are viewed from a numerical point of view when received from non-individuals, for instance, from Residents Associations or The Putney Society.
  10. Referring to question 9, where is the guidance on the Council’s website for how such objections should be reviewed in terms of numbers of objections?
  11. With regards to the comment “in this case, the public benefit is having the contribution of Roehampton University to the economy of the borough, and the communal life of Roehampton” can the following be explained;
  12. Explain in detail, using facts and figures in additional to any comments, what the “contribution” is to the “economy of the borough”?
  13. Explain in detail, using facts and figures in additional to any comments, what the “contribution” is to the “communal life of Roehampton”?
  14. Regarding “noise disturbance”, is the Council stating that even though this noise disturbance was openly challenged with the University at a Roehampton Forum general meeting (attended by Councillor Carpenter) and was noted within the November Let’s Talk meeting Minutes for Roehampton (attended by Council staff and Councillors, including Councillor Ravi Govindia) that these do not count as noise disturbances?
  15. Related to question 14, if the Roehampton Forum meeting does not count then anything the University said at this meeting would equally not be worthy of recognition by the Council?
  16. From question 14, do noise complaints only count if the Environmental Services investigate?
  17. Where it states that “A staged refurbishment of the existing library within the Harvey Building is planned and could provide general teaching space to accommodate the needs of Whitelands College”, to what degree of certainty is this “could” a “will be done”?
  18. Further to this comment, has the Council reviewed the plans from the University regarding the ability to meet the three year period agreed?
  19. How is it possible that the University has been able to build a plethora of student accommodation at the expense of teaching premises which the University obviously requires and does this with various planning permissions granted by the Council?”

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