Councillor’s Update

Protecting important buildings

Soon after the good news that Park Lane Stables will be moving back to Teddington, having acquired the freehold of their Park Lane premises, came Natalie O’Rourke’s well-deserved recognition in the New Year’s Honours. There was further good news in the form of the Council’s designation of the Stables as ‘Buildings of Townscape Merit’ (BTM), which offers some protection.

At the same meeting, the Environment Committee designated the Udney Park Playing Fields Pavilion as a BTM, despite objections from owner Quantum, who has been marketing the site after the failure of its redevelopment proposals. Built in the 1920s as a war memorial associated with Merchant Taylors School, the Pavilion features distinctive Arts and Craft Design, including metal windows, hand-made clay tiles and good quality brickwork.

Elleray Hall update

At the time of writing, a date is still awaited for the Planning Committee to consider the scheme for a new Elleray Hall on the North Lane East depot and car park site, and affordable housing on the present site. Meanwhile Historic England has advised that the existing building does not meet its criteria to become a listed building.

It comments that it is a relatively late and plain example of a tin tabernacle and much of the character of the building has been lost through extension, alteration and replacement of features as it passed through various uses. Beyond the plain roof trusses of the main hall, no original historic features remain internally.

Riverside Court plan refused

The plan to add two storeys to Riverside Court in River Reach has been refused by the Council as ‘an incongruous, dominant and unsympathetic form of development’ impacting detrimentally on the building itself, the street scene, the Conservation Area and views from the river.

The garden last month

Clematis urophylla or Winter Beauty has come out in the New Year. It is evergreen, can be trimmed after flowering and any dead shoots removed, and enjoys a sheltered location.

Cllr Martin Elengorn

Martin Elengorn is a long term local resident and Councillor for Teddington Ward.

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