63 Sandycombe Road (Smith Bros)

63 Sandycombe Road (Richmond Council ref 16/2307/FUL and 16/4845/PS192 and 17/0870/FUL)

Update 08/10/2017

Richmond Council’s decision to refuse this latest application (ref 17/0870/FUL) is now being appealed.

Update 30/07/2017

The latest application has been refused because of the bulk and height of the re-development proposed, the overdevelopment of the site, the loss of industrial land without evidence of a lack of demand, the lack of affordable housing contribution and loss of amenity.

Update 28/04/2017

We have submitted objections to this new application. Although there is a reduction in the height proposed for the re-development compared to the previous refused application, we still consider that issues of height, massing, access and parking remain.

Update 05/04/2017

A new application (ref 17/0870/FUL) has been submitted for mixed office and residential use providing 30 employment opportunities as well as 6 flats of 1 bedroom, 2 with 2 bedrooms and 1 with 3 bedrooms. We are reviewing the application against the previous application which was refused by Richmond Council.

Update 25/02/2017

The application for change of use from B2 (light industrial use) to B1 (office) has been approved.

Update 27/01/2017

The application has been refused by Richmond Council on grounds of loss of B2 employment use, no affordable housing provision, over development and excessive scale, loss of amenity for neighbouring properties and transport issues. We are pleased to see that the Decision notice from the Council includes comments from Network Rail on the need for security along the track side and maintenance of the boundary, issues we raised in relation to graffiti deterrence.

Update 04/01/2017

A further application (Richmond Council ref 16/4845/PS192) has been submitted for change of use from B2 (light industrial use) to B1 (office space).

Update 03/09/2016

We have objected to the plans for what we consider to be an over­-development of this site on Sandycombe Road, formerly Smith Brothers garage. The developer has referred to 119­-123 Sandycombe Road as a precedent to justify the heights and density here. The previous development is not a good example of how housing and employment space should be provided here. The site is constricted and adjacent to low rise Victorian housing and replaces single storey sheds. The heights and massing here, including the proposed roof terrace, will  result in loss of amenity for neighbouring properties.

We welcome the re-provision and increase in employment opportunities at the site but have asked Richmond Council to verify there is sufficient demand for the proposed office use and to confirm the adequacy of parking as well as the traffic impacts of the scheme. We have also suggested that any employment use should be protected into the future, perhaps though an Article 4 Direction.

The high density also results in a lack of soft landscaping which could be remedied by a smaller scale re-development.

We have also asked the  Council to consider whether this, or any future more acceptable proposal for  this site, has designed­in as effectively as possible deterrence from graffiti along the rail track side of the development.

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  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amLondon Wetland Centre Barnes

    We were delighted to have the chance to offer our Members the opportunity to enjoy an early Sunday morning tour of the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

    The volunteer guides, Mike, who is also a Kew Society members, and Angela, led a fascinating tour and we learnt about otters, water birds, ducks, dragonflies, water voles and lapwings - mixed in with snippets about planting, wildlife and their habitats. It was a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful open-air walkways among the lakes and pools of this 105 acre site, perfect for spotting birds and other wildlife residents. We were also blessed with the most beautiful weather.

    If you missed our tour we heartily recommend that you take some time to pop along. It is a wonderful facility right on our doorstep.

     

     

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