Planning – Current Issues

15-23 Station Parade

15-23 Station Parade (Richmond Council ref. 17/3891/FUL) Update 02/02/2018 We have submitted observations on this application for a 2 bedroom flat on a second floor, above Lloyds Pharmacy. This is an important building in the centre of Kew Village as recognised by its designation as a Building of Townscape Merit (BTM), At ground level, the…

Policy Consultations by the London Mayor: draft new London Plan

London Mayor’s draft new London Plan Update 28/02/2018 We have submitted comments from the Kew Society to the draft new London Plan. You can see our response here: New London Plan Kew Society comments final letter Broadly, though there is much in the new draft London Plan we support, we have major concerns over: (i)…

Citroen Garage Site Capital Interchange Way, Brentford

Citroen Garage site at Capital Interchange Way, Brentford (Hounslow Council ref P/2017/4692 and Richmond Council ref 17/4104/CON) Update 03/03/2018 The planning application was refused permission by Hounslow Council but has been called in by the London Mayor. The development is within a new “Opportunity Area” identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 7,500…

Chiswick Roundabout B and Q site

B&Q site redevelopment Update 12/06/2017 Developers Reef Estates are holding a public exhibition on their proposals to redevelop this site on Chiswick roundabout, opposite the site proposed for the 32 storey “Chiswick Curve” which was refused by Hounslow Council. The exhibition will be held at the London Museum of Steam and Water, Green Dragon Lane,…

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment – have your say

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment Update 19/02/2018 We have been approached by the developer of this brownfield site near the Thames towpath for our initial thoughts on their proposals to develop the site to provide later life care facilities before they make an application. We welcome this early engagement with the local community and will be…

9 Station Approach

9 Station Approach (formerly Ma Cuisine) ref 16/3159/FUL and 16/3160/ADV and 16/4483/FUL Update 27/10/2017 We have for some time been discussing with Richmond Council’s environmental health department and with the new general manager at Antipodea the acrid smoke coming from the chimney for the new wood burning stove at Antipodea. The stove appears to be…


Kew Marine houseboats (Richmond Council ref 16/0753/ES191) Update 30/08/2017 Richmond Council’s Planning Committee considered this application on 26 October 2016 and decided to defer a decision in order to seek Counsel’s advice on the use of the pontoon for residential purposes. A delegated decision was then be made based on that advice and the views…

Chiswick Curve

Chiswick Curve (Hounslow Council ref P/2015/5555 and 5560 and APP/F5540/H/17/3173208) Update 03/03/2018 The Kew Society, which has Rule 6 status for this Inquiry, is submitting its Statement of Case and will appear at the Inquiry which is scheduled to last 15 days from 12th to 29th June. There is a preliminary hearing on 20th March….


Electric Vehicle Charging Points Update 19/02/2018 Richmond Council are consulting on the loca [more]
London Mayor's draft new London Plan Update 28/02/2018 We have submitted comments from the Kew [more]


Event Information:

  • Wed
    9am - 6pmCamberley

    Sandhurst tour

    Sandhurst horse

    Wednesday 10th August found a happy band of members up with the lark to board their coach and travel from Kew to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

    We were met by our guide for the day, Tony Merrifield, and were privileged to watch the splendid Commandant's Parade in Old College Square.  This formed the dress rehearsal for the official Sovereign's Parade which took place the following Friday.
    The precision of the March Past in Slow and Quick time was a joy to watch - the ceremony was accompanied by a rousing programme of music provided by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.
    The Sovereign's Parade marks the passing out from Sandhurst Military Academy for the  204 Officer Cadets who have completed the training for the Commissioning Course and is the result of many hours of hard work.  It means that they will be officially commissioned as officers of the British Army from midnight on the Friday - when the clock strikes twelve, the celebrations begin with the now newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly displaying their rank insignia for the first time ! 
    184 of the Officer Cadets were from the United Kingdom, whilst the remaining 20 were from overseas and will return to their countries' armies.
    During the ceremony, The Commandant, Major General P. A. E. Nanson CBE, rehearsed the presentation of the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword, the Overseas Award and the Queen's Medal to the top Officer Cadets.  
    The parade ended in splendid style with The Adjutant riding his horse 'The Black Charger' up the steps of Old College and following the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance - a splendid piece of horsemanship which received a huge round of applause!
    Following a buffet lunch, our group was entertained with more stories about the history and current and changing focus for Sandhurst. During a visit to the Roman Catholic Chapel in the grounds, Tony revealed the interesting facts connected with the baptismal font, altar, stained glass windows and amphitheatre of pews.  Here resides the ship's bell of HMS Sandhurst commemorating links with the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval College Dartmouth.  
    Our group then moved on to the Royal Military Memorial Chapel and the fascinating rooms which house historic artefacts and paintings to hear more about the formation of this military institution in 1801 and links to Colonel Le Marchant, George III and his second eldest son Prince Frederick, Duke of York.
    The Kew Society members ended their day in style -  Tony gave us a running commentary as we toured the 500 acre site in the coach.  
    It was a wonderful day out and we are so grateful to Sue May, the Events team and Tony Merrifield for putting together this unique opportunity