Garden Court, corner of Kew Road and Lichfield Road (Richmond Council ref 18/0122/FUL)
This application has been turned down by Richmond Council on grounds of the design which they consider would be incongruous and visually intrusive and also as no contribution to affordable housing is included.
An application has been submitted to extend this block of flats upwards to create 5 new flats with balconies and associated parking. Windows would also be replaced in the block and the balcony treatment and appearance of the corner block changed. Whilst we are not objecting to the creation of 5 new dwellings by extending upwards, we are objecting to the balcony treatment (bronze coloured panels, vertical and horizontal, creating an “S” design) and the rendering of the corner block which would be highly visible in Lichfield Road, from the neighbouring Royston Court and from the World Heritage Site of the Royal Botanic Gardens. We suggest these elements should be refused in their present form and a less bright rendering and a more modest balcony panelling considered.