Councillor’s Update

Udney Park Playing Fields – Appeal Dismissed

The Planning Inspector comprehensively dismissed Quantum’s appeal: their scheme to redevelop the playing fields was rejected. The Inspector accepted the arguments put by Richmond Council and local groups on loss of green open space, net loss of sports areas, harm to ecology, particularly bats, and impact on neighbours. The full report can be found on this link

https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ ViewDocument.aspx?fileid=37322788

Quantum have been very badly advised throughout, steaming ahead despite clear advice from the Council that what they proposed was clean contrary to planning policy. As owners they need now to learn from this expensive debacle and rethink their approach.

Subsequently Historic England considered a proposal for the Pavilion (1922 with northern extension 1966) to become a listed building but concluded it was of insufficient distinction to meet their criteria. See report on this link:-

https://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/ Results_Single.aspx?uid=1470626&resourceID=7

This does not rule out the Council granting it Building of Townscape Merit status and this will be considered in the next tranche.

42 High Street

Proposals to replace the unloved HSBC building on the corner of Cedar Road finally came to a Virtual Planning Committee in mid-May. While there was no in principle objection to housing with a restaurant beneath, the massing and height of what was proposed was felt by the ward councillors and the majority of the Planning Committee to be excessive. In particular the 4-storey corner turret was felt to be over dominant and the stepping down to the 2-storey houses in Cedar Road too abrupt.

Heathrow – Appeal to Supreme Court

The Appeal Court quashed the Government’s Airports Policy for failing to be consistent with the UK’s Climate Change commitments. However Heathrow has been granted permission to appeal this judgement to the Supreme Court. Richmond and other boroughs will maintain their opposition to a Third Runway.

Boundary Commission

I am glad to report that in its final recommendations the Local Government Boundary Commission dropped the proposal from the Conservative Group to move Coleshill Road and Admiralty Way from Teddington ward to Fulwell and Hampton Hill ward. The Commission accepted the strong views of 55 residents and ward councillors that these two roads looked to Teddington town centre. They also approved the suggestion from ward councillors that Hampton Wick ward be renamed Hampton Wick and South Teddington ward, recognising that more than half the ward has a Teddington postal address.

The Garden Last Month

The first large-flowered clematises flower in mid- May. They are in Group 2 for which pruning is optional. Do any pruning in February, removing dead or weak stems and checking others from the top down to the first pair of healthy buds and prune just above them.

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