New plans for HSBC site
After the Planning Committee refused an application last June for flats and a restaurant on the corner of Cedar Road and the High Street because of bulk and visual impact, a new application has been submitted making relatively minor changes. The restaurant use was not a reason for refusal and, in any event, changes to planning rules are now less restrictive on High Street uses. Council officers have warned the applicant that the changes to the scheme are insufficient to meet the Planning Committee’s concerns so an appeal is likely.
Meanwhile the Planning Inspector has supported the Council’s refusal of retirement housing on the builders’ yard at 2-4 Udney Park Road because of loss of employment land and impact on existing housing.
Town centre checks
The Council has just published vacancy rates following surveys in August and September last year between lockdowns. In Teddington town centre this showed an increase in vacancies from 9 to 16 (the red dots on the map) or from 4.6% to 8.2% but things may have worsened since then.
Changes to 481 timetable
While major works take place on the Chertsey Road, London Buses have changed the service from half hourly to every 40 minutes. The new temporary timetable is now displayed at bus stops and online.
Investing in Teddington
The Council is investing substantially in capital works on its facilities in Teddington. Work has just started on a £200k scheme for the top floor of Teddington Library, while £400k is to be spent on repairs to Teddington Suspension Bridge and £700k on new boilers and air-conditioning at Teddington Pool.
New churchyard plan
Under Victorian legislation, the responsibility for maintaining closed churchyards passed to the local authority. Richmond Council and the parochial church council have recently agreed a new plan for St Mary’s churchyard with increased emphasis on nature conservation.
In the garden last month
The common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) with a self-seeded infant yew tree. Galanthophiles collect varieties with yellow or green markings or very large flowers but they lack the charm of the original.
Quantum have served notice that they intend to dispose of all or part of Udney Park Playing Fields. More to follow in the next issue.
Cllr Martin Elengorn
Martin Elengorn is a long term local resident and Councillor for Teddington Ward.