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April Planning Update

Friday 20th April 2018

April Planning Update

The HWA’s Planning Representative, Nick Baylis, writes:

In the centre of Hampton Wick there are several new Applications which have caused members concern in the last two months. To the rear of 3 to 5 Old Bridge Street three flats are proposed, effectively filling the gap between Marina Place and the solicitors’ offices, by building a ‘bridge’ over the access lane to the new townhouses being constructed to the rear of 10 High Street. The style is pseudo-traditional, with white timber cladding to the bridge facing the road, and a mansard roof. The freeholders to Marina Place (the neighbour) has presented a well-argued objection to the scheme. Even the ‘observation’ made by the other neighbours (Infields) says it ‘… will make what is already a very dense development overdeveloped.’

Recent consents have been given to very dense schemes in Hampton Wick, which would not be acceptable for social housing or for large residential developments; Richmond’s unofficial policy seems to be ‘let the buyer beware’.

In the High Street we objected to proposals for new porches, started without a consent, at Nos. 69 and 71. We commented that they were ‘inappropriate as they can be seen to dominate not only the existing houses they serve but the entire row of cottages, being bold and bulky.’ We were pleased that the Application was withdrawn and they have now submitted new proposals. The key difference with these is that the roofs to the porches now slope down from the front wall of the houses rather than being a pair of hips facing the street.

There is no update to the Application for 4 flats at 59-61 High Street (the former Sanhos, and Rose and Crown). We raised concerns about this as it was built without a consent. As well as by-passing the Planning process it would have meant their not paying the Community Infrastructure Levy (the Lower Band rate being £190/ square metre). We’ll continue to watch with interest.

Again in the High Street, at Nos 55-57, there is an Application to demolish the existing shop and residential units and replace with a pair of dwellings. The existing building has limited merit and has long seemed somewhat ‘neglected’. The proposed construction is in scale with that to its right (59, the former Sanhos), and is one storey taller than the existing. Architecturally, it is symmetrical and – whilst being contemporary – has proportions similar to the nearby Edwardian and Victorian buildings. You can view the proposals online here at the council’s planning portal.

Otherwise the bulk of recent applications have been minor residential ones – essentially small extensions. Interestingly, there have been two consents given for conversion of flats back into houses. Is this a new trend emerging?

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