Councillor’s Update

4-6 Manor Road

4 Manor Road is a pleasant looking 3 storey modern block of 8 flats by the river, the first building on the right after turning left at the traffic lights off Ferry Road towards Twickenham. Behind it is 6 Manor Road (or Braemar Cottages) a much altered Victorian former coach house and stables divided into 2 dwellings.

The Council has received two applications. Both involve demolishing the older building, 6 Manor Road, and replacing it with a 3-storey block of 12 flats. As regards 4 Manor Road, one application would add a fourth storey containing 3 flats, the second application would add fourth and fifth storeys adding 9 flats in all.

The Planning Committee comprehensively refused both applications as cramped over developments with an adverse effect on neighbours, lack of affordable housing, loss of trees, absence of a sustainable drainage system and poor vehicular access. The schemes will now be going before a Planning Inspector – the date of the appeal hearing is not yet known.

2-4 Udney Park Road – Bagnalls

No 2 is a brick built house divided into 2 flats, No 4 is a builders’ yard and offices for Bagnalls, a group of painting and decorating contractors, who wish to consolidate their two London branches into one. They have submitted an outline planning application to demolish everything on the site and build a 3-storey block of retirement flats. However, it is the Council’s very firm policy to protect local employment sites to ensure a thriving local economy and not to consider a change of use unless a full marketing exercise has been carried out for other employment uses. Even if there was no demand for another employment use the next highest priority would be affordable housing. In addition a fairly massive building is envisaged extending across a great proportion of the site and with access to the parking spaces through a tunnelled entrance. There would be overbearing impact on properties in the High Street. There was also insufficient evidence that specialist housing would be assured. So the Planning Committee unanimously rejected the application.

Last Month in the Garden

Clematis armandii is a large vigorous evergreen climber with showy and fragrant white flowers (pink in the variety “Apple Blossom”) in March and April and leathery, dark glossy green trifoliate leaves. Any pruning after flowering but not essential. Native of China.

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

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