Solum have withdrawn their planning applications for a 165-unit development and a podium for it to rest on above the platforms. Instead they have submitted a new single bid (11/1443) for a 115-unit development plus podium, which was published on May 11, 2011. The usually-mandatory affordable housing has been cut out allowing a 1-floor height reduction.
The piling work for the podium is scheduled for October (there are no rugby internationals this autumn) so Solum are looking for a quick go-ahead for this scheme, either from the Council or from an Inspector on appeal. So if you wish to comment or object you should do so quickly.
The key document is the Planning Statement, the 6th item on the web page. Re Affordable housing, see pp. 11 - 13:
‘… no affordable housing . . this approach has been agreed by the council … confidential financial assessment …’
It seems clear that this application has been agreed by officers in advance & is expected to sail through. What will residents’ group TRAG-SOS have to say when they see what has been cooked up, I wonder?
– from Christopher Squire
[Jun 23] Bryan Staff, LBRuT Senior Planning Officer writes: 'THE new application at Twickenham Station has now been validated. However, as we are still awaiting further information on the Environmental Statement, we have suspended the application. Formal consultation with residents, etc., will take place once this has been received.
As the application has been validated, the public can access the electronic file on the Council's website. There is however a statement informing the public that whilst documents are available to view, formal consultation will not start until the outstanding information is submitted. A link to a letter setting out this outstanding information will also be published very soon. The expected decision date published on the web site will also be removed so as to avoid any confusion. When we are in a position to consult on this application, I will explain in the consultation letter the status of the three applications and the reason behind their submission.'Chris Squire on 2011-06-23 18:28:08 +0000