Affordable Housing Schemes
Last month the Planning Committee approved two 100% affordable housing schemes in Teddington producing 44 new homes.
The first at the site of the former Strathmore Centre opposite Stanley School is for 30 affordable homes (24 rented and 6 shared ownership) in two 3-storey blocks (6 one bedroom, 17 two bedroom and 7 three bedroom) plus a new nursery to replace that currently accommodating Scamps. The smaller block faces Stanley School across Strathmore Road, whereas the larger block is in the middle of the site. As now the nursery is at the rear of the site.
Some loss of trees is balanced by new landscaping and ecological features plus a publicly accessible pocket park. Conditions have been applied to limit overlooking and disturbance during construction.
The second scheme is at the corner of Hampton Road and Anlaby Road . A two storey building will provides 14 homes, 11 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom, with 6 being rented and 8 shared ownership.
This corner site was left behind when the former Byrne Group offices in the mainly Victorian building facing Hampton Road became residential under new Government permitted development rights. Subsequent marketing for office use of the corner plot was unsuccessful. To improve the scheme a green wall on the Hampton Road side was approved and a condition preventing use of the flat roof as a balcony.
Network Rail has now published documents to acquire land and embark on building the lifts for Teddington Station. Because of the probable need to acquire the land coloured green from the nursery compulsorily, construction is now likely to be delayed until 2022 and the overall cost has risen to £3.6m.
Culture Recovery Fund Grants
It is good to report that the Landmark Centre has been awarded a grant of £125,000 and the Orange Tree Theatre a grant of £770,000 enabling them both to keep going until next Spring. The Rose Theatre has also received £380,000.
The next Community Conversation is at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 4th November. It will mainly discuss Community Safety and the police will contribute. You can register on this link:-
The Garden Last Month
The ivy-leaved cyclamen (cyclamen hederifolium) is a native of the Mediterranean but flourishes further north in semi-shade. It self-seeds, the leaves and flowers emerging from the corms in the autumn.