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Oxford City Council tried to charge leaseholders for retro-fitting water sprinklers

What’s this all about?

Leaseholders of 54 flats, the Oxford Tower Block Leaseholder Association (OTLA), challenged Oxford City Council (OCC) with regards to service charges, one of the aspects challenged was to with paying for retro-fitting water sprinklers.

This challenge went to the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT), case reference CAM/38UC/LSC/2o16/oo64. Click on this paragraph to review the case.

What was the outcome?

Referring to page 34 Item 37 it states the following;

Description (Column B)

S63 – Sprinklers; supply and install new sprinkler system to protect flats; new sprinkler feed taken from roof top water storage tank, install prionty valve on all tanks, single residential sprinkler pump in each tank room; sprinkler main shall drop to serve all floors with an isolation valve, flow switch and test valve on each floor

Reason for doing the work (Column C)

Following recent tragedies in housing tower blocks and the latest fire safety guidance and advice, the Council wish to enhance the safety of all residents for future years. The Council are not prepared to ignore this advice and put the lives of their residents at risk.

(Column D)

Sch 5, 3rd item

(Column E)

Repair

OTLA response (Column F)

No. The Council has not covenanted to provide, maintain or repair a fire prevention system. Irrecoverable due to statutory restrictions on RTB leases.

Leaseholder response (Column G)

“The Council wish to enhance the safety…” – this can only be an improvement, not a repair. There is no existing sprinkler system. During consultation the City council claimed this improvement in fire safety is required to avoid press criticism, There is no legal requirement to retrofit sprinklers, even in high rise buildings

Council response (Column H)

This repair is part of guidance issued by OFRS due to the level of repairs to existing situations in the blocks. Please see above.

FTT response (Column I)

It is clear that this is an improvement and the cost is not recoverable

Did Wandsworth Borough Council know about this case?

19th June 2018 – After the meeting of the Roehampton Partnership a resident from the Alton Estate gave extracts of this report to Councillor Claire Gilbert and Councillor Kim Caddy.

20th June 2018 – Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) Councillor Claire Gilbert presented the information to Council employees. It was noted during the meeting by the Director of Housing that they were aware of this case though believed it was a different situation. As far as we can tell this has not been Minuted nor is there any ask by Councillors regarding this information not being shared previously if known?

Did the timings have anything to do with WBC’s approach to take this to the FTPT?

Have a look at the case and it states the following;

“Date and Venue of Hearing: 12th, 13th and 14th September 2017 at Cambridge County Ct., 197 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1BA” 

The Council paper (17-269) which stated that service charges could be charged to leaseholders (refer to sections 19 and 20) was discussed at the HROSC of 14th September 2017. Which happens to be day 3 of the Tribunal?

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FAQs about water sprinklers by Croydon Council

Many questions have been raised off the back of Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) decision to retro-fit water sprinklers and many of these have yet to be answered.

Perhaps the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) put together by Croydon Council might provide a steer for what might be coming. Please note that this is a different Council and the answers may not be the same though it might provide some food for thought with regards to this.

Such questions being;

  • How long will the work take in my flat? Will I have to move out during these works?
  • Which rooms will have sprinklers? Are they sealed?
  • How will the works affect my flat? Will the contractor take care with my belongings and keep them clean? Will you need to re-decorate?
  • Will I have to be at home whilst the works are taking place?
  • Will I need extra home contents insurance? Will the council be paying for this?
  • Do the sprinklers need any regular maintenance, if so, what, how often and by whom?

Then ask yourself, based on experience of major works, whether you think this would be acceptable or whether this could be delivered as suggested.

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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (16 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 30-31)

Application Number: 2018/2298,

  • Address: 142 Priory Lane, SW15 5JP,
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing house and erection of three-storey 6-bedroom dwelling with associated landscaping, cycle and refuse storage and parking with vehicular access from Roehampton Gate.

Application Number: 2018/2673,

  • Address: Flat 2, 11 Umbria Street, SW15 5DP,
  • Proposal: Installation of replacement double glazed timber windows to front and side at first floor elevations.

 Application Number: 2018/2773,

  • Address: University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PU,
  • Proposal: Retention of various advertisement signs.

Application Number: 2018/2872,

  • Address: Telecommunication Mast 037094 on Footpath East of Allbrook House, Street Furniture, Roehampton Lane, SW15 4HB,
  • Proposal: Alterations to internal window to form opening door.

Application Number: 2018/2880,

  • Address: The Roehampton Priory, Hospital Priory Lane, SW15 5JJ,
  • Proposal: Alterations including external changes to north elevation fenestration and provision of an internal fire escape staircase between ground and basement levels. In conjunction with Listed Building Application ref. 2018/2912.

Decisions

Appears to be no planning applications which have had a decision for this week.

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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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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (2 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

Appears to be no planning applications for this week.

Decisions (page 25)

 Application Number: 2018/1531,

  • Address: Harvey and Romero Court Building, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PUI,
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection of two-storey rear extension, enclosure of existing courtyard, installation of replacement of windows and erection of external plant.

Application Number: 2018/1826,

  • Address: 6A Frensham Drive, London, SW15 3EA,
  • Proposal: : Determination as to whether prior approval is required for change of use from a shop (Class A1) to a restaurant

Application Number: 2018/1007,

  • Address: 12 Roehampton Gate, SW15 5JS,
  • Proposal: : Alterations including erection of part single, part two-storey front extension with hipped roof over; erection of single-storey rear extension; and the installation of three sets of French doors with safety railings on the rear elevation at first and second floor (amended description).

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Resident engagement….recent examples cast doubt?

If you were part of either a Residents Association (RA), concerned by either the possible retro-fitting of water sprinklers or the Alton Estate regeneration, this article may of interest.

Borough Residents Forum (7 June 2018)

In short, the hierarchy for RA engagement with Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) is through a Resident Association, and then if on the Alton Estate, then the next step up is through the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) and then the next stage up is the Borough Residents Forum (BRF). At the BRF meeting which took place on 7 June 2018 the four WAHP RAs were Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA), Putney Vale Residents Association (PVRA), Crown Court Residents Association (CCRA) and Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents Association (SCGWRP RA).

Typically, the BRF is held about a week before the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) meeting. The HROSC June 14 2018 meeting was moved to the 20 June 2018 though the BRF meeting of 7 June 2018 was not moved. Normally, the BRF has first sight of some of the documents which are to be presented at the HROSC, though the BRF meeting of 7 June 2018 was quite light on detail and documents.

Having seen the discussion papers on the Agenda for the upcoming HROSC on 20 June 2018 there were various documents which should have perhaps been discussed at the BRF before being raised at the upcoming HROSC. Let’s take a look………

Regeneration Update – Winstanley/York Road Estate, SW11 (Latchmere) and Alton Estate, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 18-161)

Now imagine that you are the KHRA for one moment. You’ve put your hand up to be an RA, attend the WAHP and then the BRF. Surely, one would think it would not be unreasonable to mention that paper 18-161 is to be allowed to be raised at the BRF? The reason for mentioning this that the regeneration is seeking to include an area in Fontley Way as shown in Appendix 2, which is next to Kimpton House?

Click on the following to read the papers:

If the BRF was held a week before the HROSC would KHRA have been able to view this document?

Let’s also bear in mind that at the Alton Estate exhibition of 6 June 2018 and 9 June 2018 there was a reference to Fontley Way developments due for completion in 2020 though there was no information to be sighted regarding this. The notice for the exhibition stated “Opportunity to see the latest Alton Estate proposals’ though there was nothing to see regarding the Fontley Way development.

Petition regarding installation of sprinklers (Paper No. 18-168)

At the HROSC on 18 January 2018, five buildings impacted by possible retro fitting of water sprinklers provided petitions against this and were submitted by Councillor Malcom Grimston (West Hill ward). The five buildings are from the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward and were – Kimpton House, Swaything House, Tatchbury House, Rushmere House and Allenford House. Have a think about this, the petitions were not submitted by either of Councillor Peter Carpenter, Councillor Jeremy Ambache or Councillor Sue McKinney, which represent the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward………

Again, should KHRA be able to opine on Paper 18-168 at the BRF of 7 June 2018?

Click on the following to read the paper:

Council-led Development Programme (Paper No. 18-165)

Paper 18-165 is another which probably should have been aired at the BRF of 7 June 2018. Innes Gardens Residents Association (IGRA), which is part of the WAHP, should probably like to comment on the mention of new homes being built on rooftops and maybe the possible use of the Ashburton Youth Club for new homes. Anyone who attended the Putney Society Hustings on 18 April 2018 might remember the grilling a Innes Gardens resident gave Councillor Steffi Sutters regarding a possible lack of communication with residents regarding adding rooftop homes.

Click on the following to read the paper:

Borough Residents’ Forum – Report of meeting on 7th June 2018 (Paper No. 18-160)

The previous BRF held was on 11 January 2018 meaning that there was a gap of circa five months, which would lead one to think there would have been a lot in the way of Matters Arising to be discussed. Reading this version of the paper it is very light on the amount of discussion that was held. Some examples which were not referred to in the paper are;

  • KHRA stated that the video of the show flat did not reflect the quality of the works when you see it in person.
  • KHRA asking Ian Stewart, Assistant Director of Housing Management, whether he stood by the 2016 Fire Risk Assessments and the vague response.
  • There is no mention of comments made by the SCGWRP RA.
  • There is no mention of the lack of timely communication about the installation of fibre optics in Greatham Walk, the communication being after the event.
  • There was no mention that with regards to the following Key Achievements in 2017/18 comment of “Extra fire safety measures are now being taken, including inspection of fire safety of individual flats in blocks of 10 storeys and over” that the KHRA expressed a view that two working days was insufficient notice to ask people to take time off work to attend to this.
  • KHRA wanted the following qualified – In the BRF Minutes of 11th January (Paper 18-11) it states “The Director also advised of a lender now declining mortgage applications for properties not fitted with sprinklers which may raise further concerns for the Council’s leaseholders”. No one was challenging whether the comment was true or not, it was the context of what was said that could be viewed as misleading without the appropriate background. Therefore, as a minimum, in the Minutes it should be noted that Leeds Building Society, the institution referred to, is the 16th largest lender with less than 1% market share. Without this readers might start to panic that the properties are not mortgageable due to not having water sprinklers and this would be an over statement based on 1% of market share. Councillor Paul White supported the KHRA request. The data for Leeds Building Society is below;

Source: https://www.cml.org.uk/ documents/largest-mortgage- lenders-2016/2largest- mortgage-lenders-2016.xlsx

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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (26 May 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 (page 29)

Application Number: 2018/2260,

  • Address : Mount Clare Temple, Minstead Gardens, SW15 4EB,
  • Proposal: Erection of 3m high mesh fence around the Mount Clare Temple and the erection of 1.8m high timber fence around other derelict structures on site.

Application Number: 2018/2376,

  • Address: Kennel Lodge, 55 Roehampton High Street, SW15 4HH,
  • Proposal: Erection of two-storey rear extension.

 Application Number: 2018/2445,

  • Address: Templeton, 118 Priory Lane, SW15 5JL,
  • Proposal: Details of landscaping pursuant to condition 3 of planning permission dated 21/01/2014 ref 2013/5982 (Variation of condition 7 (development to be in accordance with proposed plans) of p.p. ref: 2013/2661 dated 8.7.13) Alterations to the main building including excavation to enlarge lower ground floor level, together with elevational alterations including new porticos to entrances and changes to fenestration and making good following removal of later extensions and demolition of existing laundry room; landscaping to the main house; partial demolition of the courts building and internal and external alteration in connection with the refurbishment to provide two ancillary flats and stables; demolition of existing workshops and erection of a two-storey outbuilding to be used as a playroom/nursery; erection of new front wall, main entrance and pedestrian entrance onto Priory Lane; erection of new garden pavilion to the east of the site).

Decisions (page 19)

 Application Number: 2018/0576,

  • Address: 123 Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PG,
  • Proposal: Erection of a side and rear roof extension; erection of a part-single, part-two-storey rear extension; conversion of property to 1 x 1-bedroom, 2 x 2-bedroom and 1 x 3-bedroom flats.

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