The Appeal on the refused application at 42 Teddington High Street, replacing the HSBC bank with a restaurant and housing, was heard on April 7th. Refused by the Council as overbearing in the street scene, the Planning Inspector agreed with the Council and dismissed the Appeal. Meanwhile, Pret a Manger has submitted plans for its signage on the former Nat West Bank at 6 Teddington High Street. Those for the gym at the former Barclays Bank at 1 The Causeway are awaited.
The Council continues to receive applications to add two extra storeys to flats under the Government’s fast track system. Those for Beech Court and Riverside Court in River Reach have been refused because of their appearance, with the latter now up for appeal.
Teddington Police Station
At the time of writing, the latest news is that the Mayor of London is seeking further legal advice on whether he has to accept the highest offer in response to marketing the Police Station. The Council, MP Munira Wilson and the Government have all advised that he has discretion to take community needs into account and that there is strong local support
for a new Park Road Surgery there, plus affordable housing. Meanwhile a line of young apple trees has been planted in the protected green triangle to the north of the site to join the two old pear trees.
Council wards in TW11
The TW11 postal district covers almost all of Teddington ward, two-thirds of Hampton Wick ward and one-third of Fulwell and Hampton Hill ward. From May the name of the second changes to Hampton Wick and South Teddington.
Councillors’ ward surgeries are unchanged: Teddington and Fulwell is the first Saturday in the month, 10.30am to noon at Teddington Baptist Church; Hampton Wick and South Teddington, the first Wednesday in the month, 10.30am to noon at St Mark’s Church.
The garden last month
Erysimum or perennial wallflower starts to flower in April and continues for much of the year. The best known variety is Bowles’ Mauve with blue-green foliage. Other varieties come in many colours, some of which change as the flowers mature. Remove weak or dead sections after flowering.