I have received from Helen Donnelly, Environment LBRUT a number of new planning applications for the Hampton Riviera, it would seem that they are a mix of retrospective and new.

The owner, M. Djurberg, doesn't bother with planning consent, he has done exactly what he has wanted to do and now applies for planning permission. He clearly sees nothing wrong in removing, from 'us', our historic amenities for his own personal use and gratification.

Here are the links to the Planning Applications:-

http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASEN...

http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASEN...

http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASEN...

http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASEN...

We have very little, if any, of the River front at Hampton left for us to use, the boat people at St Alban's Riverside, the creeping Thames Voyages and Hampton Riviera formerly Hucks Boat Yard, if it isn't stopped now it will be gone forever!

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Funnily enough, whilst driving along the A308 yesterday evening, I noticed some more "Hampton Riviera" buildings lurking rather unbecomingly amongst the greenery and I was going to mention this to Gareth Roberts.  I thought from earlier objections the owner was removing various aspects of the building work that had been undertaken there rather than adding more.  I notice that whilst these additions have been made, the pavement is still yet to be repaired.

If you look at Planning Application 14/3108/FUL you will see that this is for the installation of a bank side pontoon.

Djurberg clearly doesn't give a damn about legalities as he has already removed from our possession this section of river bank and filled it with the ugly monstrosities he calls 'houseboats'.

Ginny Hattersley said:

Funnily enough, whilst driving along the A308 yesterday evening, I noticed some more "Hampton Riviera" buildings lurking rather unbecomingly amongst the greenery and I was going to mention this to Gareth Roberts.  I thought from earlier objections the owner was removing various aspects of the building work that had been undertaken there rather than adding more.  I notice that whilst these additions have been made, the pavement is still yet to be repaired.

amazing waterside isn't it!  I had a walk down there yesterday - all sorts going on!

The boat people at St Albans have been added to recently as Thames Water have evicted them from the railings at Platts Eyot.

Now I think its down to Richmond to deal with them? Its all a terrible mess in the river and along the bank.

The only thing stopping Hucks expanding further up river is the bridge to Taggs, he is still building houseboats and adding shrub hedges to the river sides of the pontoons he is supposed to be removing.

Its unbelievable that he just ignores all planning laws and simply continues as if they don't apply to him

A neighbour to us put a temporary mooring post in the river next to his mooring, as he was having his mooring tidied up and within 2 days he had a letter from the Environment Agency telling him if he didn't remove it with 5 days he would need to pay rates of £95 per year, don't they notice whats happening down at Hucks or is now a case that so much has been done they are going to allow him to keep it all?

Got it in one. unless we as a community block the constant loss of facilities, all is lost for the Thames as a recreational space. The profits available changing a boatyard into a floating homes base are enormous but that is a selfish profit for few individuals at the expense of the local and boating community's .  Hucks was purchased as a boatyard so perhaps the EA should simply insist that it remain so?? 

Just in response to the last two comments - I'm not sure if the 'Got it in one' refers specifically to the 'don't you know how corrupt Councils have become?'  - in any event the older comment is rather outrageous and shouldn't be allowed to stand unchallenged.

The council's response to Hampton Riviera is anything but corrupt. Had they stood by and done nothing, possibly accepting S106 monies in return for allowing planning permission then 'Lord Cole' may have an argument. However the facts of the matter are that the council has been vigorously pursuing enforcement action against Mr Djurberg and the case very recently went as far as a full Public Inquiry - the council while not wholly successful in achieving all of their aims did receive substantial 'wins' at the inquiry, not least the Planning Inspector giving very clear instructions that under no circumstances should the activities at Hampton Riviera be allowed to lapse into residential use.  It was to be hoped that enforcement action would have been completed at the end of august however Mr Djurberg is now challenging the Inquiry findings at the High Court.

As I have said before on these pages - the council is compelled to be absolutely scrupulous in the way in which it handles cases such as Hucks Boatyard. If they put a foot out of step, behave in any way which opens their handling of the case up to challenge or question they will effectively open the doors to an appeal situation which they could well lose.

The frustration expressed on this and other threads is understandable, however to suggest that council officers are being corrupt in their handling of this case is simply absurd.

Thanks Gareth. I was about to say the same thing. We live opposite Thames riviera on taggs island. We are frustrated by the development and the length of time it is taking to deal with this man. However Richmond council are behaving impeccably. It is myck who is using every trick in the book and who is appealing to high court while continuing to develop both crown land and the river. We were hit by a boat who hit our home while trying to deal with currents in the river and a narrow passage.
It's important that this man is challenged for what he is doing to the river down at Hampton Court. I'm amazed the environment Agency hasn't come down on him like a ton of bricks - like Simon says in his post. Initially I was pleased that the boatyard was getting a new lease of life but its gone well past a reasonable level of development now. And I'm only an interested observer. I feel sorry for the river users, his neighbours and the other boat people on Taggs Island (though there have been others on Taggs Island also guilty of pushing the boundaries of development with their ridiculous oversized houseboats).
And richmond council insisted on the removal of the third story which they did.

Dear Gareth.

I am not for one moment having a go at the councils. My point is that unless a robust action is taken on each and every flaunt of acceptable use of the Thames facilities for recreation, we will loose to the greed of developers. I understand that councils need to be fair and balanced. but in this case as so with many others, to the outsider this only look weak and does not impart confidence.  Hampton Riviera should have been jumped on from a great height at the very beginning.

Kind regards.

Geoff Cook

Gareth Roberts said:

Just in response to the last two comments - I'm not sure if the 'Got it in one' refers specifically to the 'don't you know how corrupt Councils have become?'  - in any event the older comment is rather outrageous and shouldn't be allowed to stand unchallenged.

The council's response to Hampton Riviera is anything but corrupt. Had they stood by and done nothing, possibly accepting S106 monies in return for allowing planning permission then 'Lord Cole' may have an argument. However the facts of the matter are that the council has been vigorously pursuing enforcement action against Mr Djurberg and the case very recently went as far as a full Public Inquiry - the council while not wholly successful in achieving all of their aims did receive substantial 'wins' at the inquiry, not least the Planning Inspector giving very clear instructions that under no circumstances should the activities at Hampton Riviera be allowed to lapse into residential use.  It was to be hoped that enforcement action would have been completed at the end of august however Mr Djurberg is now challenging the Inquiry findings at the High Court.

As I have said before on these pages - the council is compelled to be absolutely scrupulous in the way in which it handles cases such as Hucks Boatyard. If they put a foot out of step, behave in any way which opens their handling of the case up to challenge or question they will effectively open the doors to an appeal situation which they could well lose.

The frustration expressed on this and other threads is understandable, however to suggest that council officers are being corrupt in their handling of this case is simply absurd.


This morning at 8.15am whilst driving my daughter to college, I noticed that Hampton Riviera were taking delivery of more equipment as a low loader braked suddenly in front of me, put his hazard warning lights on and caused all the vehicles behind me to grind to a halt.  Seeing that he was simply unable to pull across the road to park up and offload, he continued around the roundabout at Hampton Court to come back down the road in order to make his delivery.

On my return to Hampton at 9am, the traffic was slow going past the Hampton Riviera as there were no less than 11 vehicles, of varying sizes, including the low loader parked up on the single yellow line.

Anyone able to give an update as to whether the planning applications have been granted, or whether the development is continuing to expand regardless?  I was initially pleased when the boatyard was sold and the building works began but not to the extent that the riverside is now being spoilt in the process.

Hello Ginny

Funnily enough I checked with the planning department about the court date just earlier today had this response.


"Yes, the hearing has been set for 20th October 2014.

The court number and hearing time will be made available on the Administrative Court Daily List at http://justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/hearing-... after 2.30pm on the working day before the hearing.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, although they will be unable to make any representations"

I think I may be able to get down and, if there's a verdict I'll do a live update from the court



Ginny Hattersley said:


This morning at 8.15am whilst driving my daughter to college, I noticed that Hampton Riviera were taking delivery of more equipment as a low loader braked suddenly in front of me, put his hazard warning lights on and caused all the vehicles behind me to grind to a halt.  Seeing that he was simply unable to pull across the road to park up and offload, he continued around the roundabout at Hampton Court to come back down the road in order to make his delivery.

On my return to Hampton at 9am, the traffic was slow going past the Hampton Riviera as there were no less than 11 vehicles, of varying sizes, including the low loader parked up on the single yellow line.

Anyone able to give an update as to whether the planning applications have been granted, or whether the development is continuing to expand regardless?  I was initially pleased when the boatyard was sold and the building works began but not to the extent that the riverside is now being spoilt in the process.

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