Residents urge Richmond Council to take action over 'iceberg' developments

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Old Palace Lane Old Palace Lane

Massive underground "iceberg" home extensions could be curbed after residents called on the council to support a planning law change.

Neighbours in the narrow Old Palace Lane, by Richmond Green, are fed up with constant disruption as the owner of Asgill Lodge turns it into an "iceberg" home with a vast underground development.

Owner Chris Rokos was given permission to build a swimming pool under the property last year.

Steve Eldergill, project manager at Blenheim House Construction, said the team was working to keep disruption to a minimum.

He said: “Construction work, whether for a basement development or a loft extension will at times be disruptive for neighbours living nearby.

“We are hopeful that by keeping the dialogue going with neighbours and sharing information on the build programme with them, we will be able to plan ahead sufficiently to address any concerns as and when they arise”.

The work, which could continue for another year, sees lorries constantly drive down the small street.

Richard Young, an architect who lives in the road, said it was a national issue.

He said: "We want to put some weight behind this to change it nationally to protect all areas.

"We cannot stop this development but it should not happen again.

"It is one of those projects which unfortunately current planning legislation doesn’t have a way of stopping.

"The council can only operate within national planning legislation. It is a very delicate issue."

Earlier this year, Kensington and Chelsea Council published draft rules to limit basement developments to a single storey and said it would impose tighter restrictions on extensions underneath gardens.

Leader of Richmond Council Lord True said local authorities needed more control over such projects as demand for basement developments spread.

He said: "The powers that currently exist are not sufficient.

"We have had talks with other authorities and with minsters over a period. We need regulatory change.

"Is it acceptable that people should be gouging up their back gardens in their interests? If they have money to do that then they should move to a bigger house in my view."

 

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1:46pm Thu 5 Dec 13

kingstonpaul says...

Call it envy, but I despise these rampant displays of sheer excess. People don't need underground space for swimmming pools and car parks. If you're life is incomplete without such grotesque over-consumption, get some perspective by reading a book or listening to some music. Alternatively, go and buy a country pile.
Call it envy, but I despise these rampant displays of sheer excess. People don't need underground space for swimmming pools and car parks. If you're life is incomplete without such grotesque over-consumption, get some perspective by reading a book or listening to some music. Alternatively, go and buy a country pile. kingstonpaul

1:08am Fri 6 Dec 13

Concerned_Resident says...

Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities.

Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters.
Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities. Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters. Concerned_Resident

12:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

kingstonpaul says...

Concerned_Resident wrote:
Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities.

Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters.
I'm sure there's a good point you're keen to articulate, but alas with so much nautical metaphor in your contribution, I fear that point has sunk without trace.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned_Resident[/bold] wrote: Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities. Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters.[/p][/quote]I'm sure there's a good point you're keen to articulate, but alas with so much nautical metaphor in your contribution, I fear that point has sunk without trace. kingstonpaul

2:16pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Twickenham Bob says...

Westminster Council are now controlling such developments as they have adopted interim guidance before formally adopting a new policy - see

http://www.westminst
er.gov.uk/services/e
nvironment/planning/
planning-policy/base
ments-planning-polic
y/

Its a shame that Richmond Council has been asleep on the job again. As this should have been tackled several years ago. We also need formal guidance on replacement windows as most of the Conservation Areas and Listed buildings are losing there windows to double glazing.
Westminster Council are now controlling such developments as they have adopted interim guidance before formally adopting a new policy - see http://www.westminst er.gov.uk/services/e nvironment/planning/ planning-policy/base ments-planning-polic y/ Its a shame that Richmond Council has been asleep on the job again. As this should have been tackled several years ago. We also need formal guidance on replacement windows as most of the Conservation Areas and Listed buildings are losing there windows to double glazing. Twickenham Bob

7:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Concerned_Resident says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Concerned_Resident wrote:
Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities.

Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters.
I'm sure there's a good point you're keen to articulate, but alas with so much nautical metaphor in your contribution, I fear that point has sunk without trace.
Does everything in life need a purpose?
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned_Resident[/bold] wrote: Iceberg development of titanic proportions brings out maiden moaners to try and sink it before the voyage into excess is completed. I hope they chart a course to port before there's a need to send a distress signal to the authorities. Shall I take a bow now, or bow later? Haaaaa... Bow. Need to be more stern with myself before I find my way into high waters.[/p][/quote]I'm sure there's a good point you're keen to articulate, but alas with so much nautical metaphor in your contribution, I fear that point has sunk without trace.[/p][/quote]Does everything in life need a purpose? Concerned_Resident

7:05pm Sun 8 Dec 13

metis says...

Many homes get extended because it is cheaper than the costs of moving. Remove the stamp duty and the many obstacles to moving home and a lot of this type of development wouldn't occur.
Same old story; government mess with the market and then have to tinker further in order to deal with the unintended consequences.
Many homes get extended because it is cheaper than the costs of moving. Remove the stamp duty and the many obstacles to moving home and a lot of this type of development wouldn't occur. Same old story; government mess with the market and then have to tinker further in order to deal with the unintended consequences. metis

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