MRA Chairman Councillor Stuart Selleck has written to Elmbridge Council raising concerns about the current application for the Hampton Court Station & Jolly Boatman site. His letter is is copied below.
Letter from Councillor Stuart Selleck to Elmbridge Council
As Chairman of the Molesey Residents Association, I am writing with our comments and objections to this proposed development.
comments are not in any particular order of concern as all the points highlight
the serious problems that we have with the current application.
1. Height and Massing of the Buildings.
In our view, the height of the proposed scheme exceeds that of
the old Gladedale design. The developers have admitted that it’s 5ft 10in
higher though we think it is even higher as there is some disagreement as to
where the residential base line begins as car parking is to be provided in a
basement floor and an undercroft .This is clearly visible from Alexpo ‘s
drawings which shows the development to be at least one level too high.
density of the development has increased from the Gladedale scheme as the space
for the Care Home has been replaced with 97 residential units.The proposed
Hotel on Hampton Court Way has increased the number of bedrooms to 84 and with
the residential units, the building has a much larger footprint than the 2008
overall design, especially along Hampton Court Way, is poor. It has no empathy
with the surrounding buildings ,the Palace nor the Station itself. There is a
lost opportunity for a challenging design to get away from soulless slabs of
brick for this very important site.
2. Car Parking Provision
Simply put…the development ‘s car parking provision will be totally
We have serious concerns about how the developer arrived at the proposed
number of parking places, the surveys which were carried out and their timings
which has produced un realistic results.
the 207 spaces advertised by Alexpo, only 169 are unrestricted which would have
to accommodate the parking needs of 97 flats and guests, 84 bedroom Hotel
guests and staff as well as the current users of the Station car park ,
including visitors to the Palace, and shoppers at the supermarket and retail
units. Common sense shows this doesn’t add up.
in Molesey is a major problem for our residents and any added cars will only
put further parking pressure on all the surrounding roads.
3. Affordable Housing
Alexpo’s scheme for 97 market value homes will only provide 12 affordable
units set aside as “ shared equity “ . The Council Strategy seeks to provide
40% affordable housing on developments like this determined by particular
circumstances including financial viability. The developers viability statement
draws its comparison with the 7units agreed under the Gladedale scheme , but
conveniently forgets that officers “ reluctantly “ accepted the lower figure
because of the provision of the Royal Star and Garter Home with its social and
charitable status when deciding on the application.
current number is way below that which the Council should accept on this type
of intensive development irrespective of its position in the
difficult to make a complete accurate set of costing for the development, nor
assumptions on potential sale values of the properties so we would respectfully
recommend that the Council undertakes an independent review of the projects
viability to challenge the low number of affordable units being provided.
4. Hampton Court Station
In the 2008 scheme, there was much debate about the refurbishment of the
Station ,particularly the maintaining of the heritage features within it. In
this application there is very little detail as to what is proposed for the
Station which is worrying as it is an integral part of the overall scheme. We
believe that it is essential that Network Rail provide comprehensive details on
how they intend to repair and upgrade the Station.
5 . Other Issues.
It is not apparent that there has been much consideration of potential
environmental features, namely solar panels , green roofs , recycling water
etc…Nor of any proposals to tackle the increased air pollution
resulting from extra traffic which would be generated on and around the site.
1999 Development Brief did take into account the Act of Parliament which
restricts the height of buildings in and around Hampton Court Palace. Whilst it
might be considered secondary to the planning process, in our view the covenant
is still a crucial element in the determination of the height and scale of any
buildings constructed in the area.
have never been opposed to any development on the site if it is of an
appropriate scale and design which reflects its location and the
heritage of the area. Whilst we are pleased to see the ‘ jolly boatman ‘ area
landscaped, it should not distract from the fact that this development is too
dense, lacks necessary parking capacity, , lacks quality design , lacks
environmental credentials and does not provide sufficient real affordable
urge the Council to reject this Application.
of the Molesey Residents Association.