210 Kingston Road - application 13/4302/VRC

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By TeddBiz | Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 17:20

Whilst the demolition of the current retail premises at 210 Kingston Road (Day 2 Today) has been approved, Richmond Council has now received a planning application to remove the Service Management Plan required - a condition of the planning approval.  


The proposed new retail shop will be larger than the refused premises at 196 High Street - on the corner of the very narrow Bushy Park Road.  With 7 flats.  No parking.   It is likely that one of the supermarket chains is targeting the site.  These are the similar issues as 196 – public safety, school children safety, parking.  In addition the site is on a zebra crossing with traffic lights.  

Residents are incensed and retailers are unhappy with these proposals.  Please see details below should you wish to object. 




What's happened?

An application for the redevelopment of 210 Kingston Road (corner of Bushy Park Road) was approved in November 2013 BUT with a planning condition that the developer must submit a Service Management Plan (SMP) for the proposed supermarket for the Council's approval before it can be occupied.  A SMP is a document describing how and when deliveries will be made, where unloading takes place, size of vehicles, etc.  The applicant has now applied for the removal of this planning condition.

Why would a developer wish to avoid submitting a SMP?

For legal and technical reasons, neither the forecourt in front of the shops, nor Kingston Rd, can be used for servicing.  The Council has also recognised that Bushy Park Rd is inappropriate for a loading bay.  There are therefore no obvious places for supermarket lorries to unload making it difficult - or impossible - to submit a satisfactory SMP.  If the developer can avoid submitting the SMP he is far more likely to be able to proceed with the scheme and the supermarket will be free to do what it likes for deliveries and refuse collections.

Why we should object now

If the application is approved so that there is no need for a SMP, the supermarket will probably use the 'soft option' of routing delivery lorries and refuse collection vehicles down Bushy Park Road.  The consequences in terms of congestion, parking and road safety for all surrounding roads will be horrendous.  As long as the application is refused, the developer will have to ensure a satisfactory SMP is provided and he may even be forced to reconsider the whole scheme.

What should the objections include/not include?

·       To ensure your objection is taken into account and not disregarded, only include comments relating to the proposed removal of the planning condition, not general objections to the approved development;

·       Support the Council's sensible decision to impose the planning condition in the first place.  The SMP is the only way to properly address  residents' serious and very reasonable concerns about the safety of their children, road safety generally, noise, disturbance  and vastly increased parking pressures not just in Bushy Park Rd  but also in surrounding roads including St Marks Rd, Fairfax Rd, Wick Rd, Kingston Rd, Holmesdale Rd and Munster Rd;

·       Ask the Council to reconfirm its view that Bushy Park Rd is an inappropriate location for a loading bay; and

·       Insist that there is full public consultation should a SMP be subsequently submitted.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING OBJECTIONS/REPRESENTATIONS IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23RD 2013.  IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE DEADLINE SEND ONE IN LATER AS THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS OBLIGED TO TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT - but meeting the deadline is safer.  If you have already sent in an objection and it is not specific to this application - send in another.

Where do I send my objection?

Online: 1. Go to www.richmond.gov.uk/planning. 2. Select "Planning applications". 3. Enter TW11 9JF in Address box or 13/4302 in Application number box (leave off the letters "VRC").  4. Click on "View" under "Case File". 5. Select "Comment" and complete online form.

By post:  Write to LBRuT Development Control, York Street, Twickenham, Middlesex TW11 3BZ quoting Application 13/4302/VRC.


If you have any queries, please send email as soon as possible to adam@ashawandco.co.uk who has kindly offered for his email address to be used and will either respond himself or forward to other local residents - Sue, Dan, Bill, David, Paul, Patrick or Alison (Teddington Business Community).  As it is Christmas and everyone is busy, please ask sooner rather than later.  Thank you.

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