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Object to demolition of 66 Alton Road SW15

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We, the undersigned, petition the Council to not sanction the planning application the demolition of 66 Alton Road as per planning application 2017/3082.

The reasons being:

1. The Alton Conservation area stretches across the Alton Road to specifically capture this building due to its recognition of its contribution to the area.
2. In support of point 1, this building is also locally listed.
3. The Transport Plan potentially understates the amount of existing car parking that currently occurs on the Alton East.
4. A study by TfL is required to assess the impact of additional car parking in the area on public transport.
5. Loss of trees.
6. If going to be built it must include a restriction such as the Section 106 restriction ‘Exclusion from Controlled Parking Zone’ (page 31) which was signed in conjunction with planning application 2012/1713.
7. The planning application needs to consider the wider implications of both pending and agreed planning on impacting the Alton East

The below is a high level summary of the points above;

1. The Alton Conservation area stretches across the Alton Road to specifically capture this building due to its recognition of its contribution to the area.

The Alton Area Conservation report contains favourable comments as to the reasons for why this building is within the Conservation area.

The appraisal states the following;

4.12: “The Alton Conservation Area is a rare, possibly unique combination of eighteenth century and twentieth century picturesque landscape. There are scores of magnificent mature trees, including one, a Lucombe Oak, which is on the list of Great Trees of London. There are tree preservation orders on the trees around Mount Clare, Parkstead and Downshire House and at 66 Alton Road. The area is included in the Council’s Inventory of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest”. (page 16)

5.15 “The maisonettes have brick facings for external walls, with load bearing brick cross walls, reinforced concrete floors and pitched roofs. The house at no. 33 Bessborough Road and no. 66 Alton Road adds to the vast variety of this character area”. (page 23)

5.23 “Although many mature trees, garden walls and other features were retained, and the point blocks carefully positioned to ensure they could benefit from the existing landscape, only one of the Victorian villas survives at no 66 Alton Road. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”. (page 24)

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ
“This part of Alton East sees one of the last surviving (smaller) Victorian villas at no. 66 Alton Road. Built in yellow stock brick, with a range of co-ordinated window styles, some are detailed with a Gothic reference. Three storeys in height. Decorative timber fascias and two chimneys on the same side define the roof – all these details gives the building great character and presence on this street. Some poor alterations carried out but not to the detriment of the building’s strong character. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at no 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”. (page 42)

2. In support of point 1, this building is also locally listed.

Within the Alton Conservation appraisal, it states “As part of the conservation area appraisal process a number of buildings were added to the Council’s Local List. Further details are given in Appendix 2 to the appraisal.
• 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ 33 Bessborough Road, SW15 4BN”
(Section 1.38, page 49)

3. The Transport Plan potentially understates the amount of existing car parking that currently occurs on the Alton East.

The transport plan (on page 24) highlights that Hyacinth Road has 19 ‘car parking spaces available' and during the two reviews it was used 4 cars to park then 3. Over four days the amount of cars parked was counted and it varied between 18 (lowest) and 28 (highest).

Date - Time - Cars parked
5/7/17 - 06:29 - 28
5/7/17- 22:35 - 23
6/7/17 - 05:56 - 26
6/7/17 - 18:22 - 19
6/7/17- 19:22- 21
7/7/17 -06:49 -23
7/7/17- 10:33- 18
7/7/17- 20:49 -19
8/7/17- 08:47- 19
8/7/17- 09:30- 21
8/7/17 -10:30- 21
8/7/17 -11:39- 20
8/7/17- 14:37- 18
8/7/17 -18:24- 19

The questions posed are whether this report’s figures contain accurate figures and the reason for not mentioning the car spaces in Arnewood Close which is next door to 66 Alton Road? Could car parking overflow end up in the Arnnewood Close car park next door?

4. The Transport Plan potentially understates the amount of existing car parking that currently occurs on the Alton East.

The potential for more parked cars may pose both issues for buses 72, 85 and 265 which use both Alton Road and Bessborough Road. As there could be increased car parking in and around the area it might pose safety concerns for students of Heathmere Primary School. As such TfL should be consulted, especially when this is read in conjunction with point 7.

5. Loss of trees.

There are to be 13 trees ‘removed and replaced’ (page 13 highlights 5 tress and page 14 highlights 8 trees). Given the comment in the Alton Conservation appraisal of - “The Alton Conservation Area is a rare, possibly unique combination of eighteenth century and twentieth century picturesque landscape. There are scores of magnificent mature trees, including one, a Lucombe Oak, which is on the list of Great Trees of London. There are tree preservation orders on the trees around Mount Clare, Parkstead and Downshire House and at 66 Alton Road (Section 4.12)” – it is considered that these trees are an integral part of the conservation area.

6. If going to be built it must include a restriction such as the Section 106 restriction ‘Exclusion from Controlled Parking Zone’ (page 31) which was signed in conjunction with planning application 2012/1713.

The area has been noted as having car parking pressures and this was recently highlighted both in the blog article ‘Car parking and use of Section 106 – Alton East, of interest?’ as well as the Council’’s comments referring to planning application ‘Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ (2016/7179)’ which stated in its report on the application that ‘This area is experiencing car parking pressure and the majority of objections received make mention of this. However with no formal parking regulations in place, and given the small size of the development, the expected vehicle movements and car parking demand is not deemed significant enough to warrant any objections from a highway and traffic perspective’ (section 5.2).

All future planning applications in future should include the Section 106 restriction in order to protect the car parking opportunities of existing properties which have had to experience the challenges of parking one’s vehicle on the Alton East.

7. The planning application needs to consider the wider implications of both pending and agreed planning on impacting the Alton East

There is much activity which is to happen or could happen that may further impact car parking on the Alton East. (1) The Heathmere Schoolkeeper application referred to earlier will be for six apartments (3 x 1 bedroom, 3 x 2 bedroom) and with no car parking, (2) the removal of the Petersfield car parking and Sherwood Lodge for housing to decant impacted residents on the Alton West as part of the regeneration (3) unknowns about Roehampton University’s growth aspirations and whether this will add to additional car parking (4) Pocklington Court was seeking to remove to remove its residents and it is a large site which equals lots of potential cars (5) this application, like the Heathmere Schoolkeeper’s application, is in close proximity to Heathmere School (6) added to the Heathmere Schoolkeeper’s application, this would be 30 new apartments and only 12 car parking spaces.

Please provide comments by Thursday 3rd August 2017, or if any are added after this, fingers crossed they get accepted.



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