Garage at the rear or 63-65 Raleigh Road

Garage at the rear of 63-65 Raleigh Road (Richmond Council ref 17/2625/FUL)

Update 15/06/2018

The applicant has now submitted an appeal against the refused planning permission.

Update 13/12/2017

This application, which had a large number of objections including our own, has been refused. on grounds of:

  • the absence of sufficient off-street car parking spaces and no satisfactory parking survey to show that the shortfall would not be prejudicial to the free flow of traffic and highway and pedestrian safety in surrounding streets, and
  • the intensification of the use of the site and associated increase in vehicles entering/exiting via the access road and the lack of capacity on-site to store vehicles other than in the access road, which Richmond Council considered would result in a harmful increase in manoeuvres at the access road/Raleigh Road junction, detrimental to the free flow of traffic and highway and pedestrian safety.

Update 15/09/2017

We have objected to the retrospective application to extend this garage business, making use of the former substation and building a single storey extension, for the same reasons as set out by Councillor Stephen Speak in calling the application in to be considered by Richmond Council’s Planning Committee.

The proximity to houses in Raleigh Road would we believe result in unacceptable levels of noise, fumes and  overlooking as well as the impact of increased volumes of cars. Opening hours also need to be regularised.

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  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is the oldest and perhaps the most fascinating of Kew's science collections containing over 100,000 items. The collection began in 1847.

    The tour was lead by Mark Nesbitt, who is senior Ethobotanist and Curator at RGB Kew and he delved into Kew's history and current science research via a unique collections of rubber, lacebark, Chinese medicines and other useful plants. The term Economic Botany essentially means 'useful plants'.

     

    Jamaica lace plant. George II once had a suit made using this 'imitation' lace.

    The bark simply peals back to expose this extraordinary lace.

    Mark has been working with groups to help reintroduce this plant for commercial purposes.

    The collection houses many & varied Chinese medicines.

    These Alpine plants from New Zealand were labelled 'Vegetable Sheep' and caused a sensation in Victorian London.

    Maori cloak, though to be ceremonial. Made from an Alpine plant that mimics leather.

    Mark has been working with ethnic groups using this very valuable cloak.

    Wild rubber hot water bottle.

     

    The tour was very generously free and we are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page detailing his research