Hello Folks

I had a letter thump onto the doormat this morning from a company representing the freeholders of the site; a developer called Ashill.

As we've suspected for some time, the plan is for this site to be developed for housing.

In order to make the site ready for development there are certain jobs which need to be done.

1) The redundant underground petrol tanks will need to be removed.

2) In order to remove the tanks the canopy will need to be removed.

According to the letter an application has been lodged with Richmond Council applying for permission to remove the canopy, remove the tanks and remove the hardstanding.

It is anticipated that work will commence in 4 weeks and will take one month to complete.

Regarding the long term development of the site itself, the letter tells me that Ashill is "a specialist company based in Wimbledon Village which, rather than using 'standard' style house types designs each development to complement the surrounding area."

The plan is in early stages of discussion with the council to build 7-8 houses

They have committed to work with the community, consult, listen and all of that.

End of bulletin - honestly, that's as much as I know but I thought you'd want to hear as soon as I did.

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Thanks Gareth for this snippet of information.  7-8 houses sounds quite a number for the space that is available for building upon.  As usual the question is - parking??  Both Tudor Road and Milton Road are very narrow so off road parking may pose a problem for the people moving into these planned properties if it is envisaged that the houses will have parking spaces and/or garages.

At present you know as much as I do - and that's what was in the letter. As with Shredded Wheat - nothing added, nothing taken away

No doubt more details will emerge
 
Ginny Hattersley said:

Thanks Gareth for this snippet of information.  7-8 houses sounds quite a number for the space that is available for building upon.  As usual the question is - parking??  Both Tudor Road and Milton Road are very narrow so off road parking may pose a problem for the people moving into these planned properties if it is envisaged that the houses will have parking spaces and/or garages.

I have just got off the phone with Remarkable Engagement who have been negotiating this development on the behalf of the developer - Ashill.   I live in Tudor Road and attempting to sell my flat but due to the eyesore which is the petrol station, ugly fencing, signage, paneling on windows and doors; potential buyers are being put off. Speaking with Simon Tuffin, at Remarkable Engagement, he advised me that planning permission has yet to be approved by Richmond Council which is contrary to what was originally outlined to us and that the work is not likely to be carried out until early next year!! Assuming the council agree to it.  I am not sure how everyone else feels but we don't quite understand why the demolition has taken place nearly 1 year in advance of the building work. I appreciate the garage facade was not particular attractive before, but it looks considerably worse now! 

Having seen the application for the first time I'm surprised to see that they have brought the building line forward leaving the front gardens half the size of what is consistent to all the houses on both sides of the Milton Road.
The narrow road means that the 1st floor windows will be 13.5 metres from those neighbouring rather than the typical 15m.

Also the mansard roof is designed in such a way as to make the building effectively three storeys where the typical street building line cuts through. They might as well have left the dormers on the front elevation as they originally proposed.

I think the council have opened the portal to leave comments. I agree the structure is going to be large, crowded and probably noisy!

Stephen Taylor said:

Having seen the application for the first time I'm surprised to see that they have brought the building line forward leaving the front gardens half the size of what is consistent to all the houses on both sides of the Milton Road.
The narrow road means that the 1st floor windows will be 13.5 metres from those neighbouring rather than the typical 15m.

Also the mansard roof is designed in such a way as to make the building effectively three storeys where the typical street building line cuts through. They might as well have left the dormers on the front elevation as they originally proposed.

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