Approval of Plans For The Tileman House - Economic Boost Or Over Development?
The Council see the positive side but many residents are disappointed with the bulk
Most people in Putney would agree that an ageing concrete tower block on the Upper Richmond Rd is in need of attention but there is a divide on just what should be done. The planning applications committee voted on Thursday to approve the redevelopment of Tileman House in the Upper Richmond Road. (artist impression below)
Tileman House Now
The existing nine storey high 1960’s block will be replaced with a glass fronted structure containing 68 flats - including 12 that will be offered to low income buyers on shared ownership terms. The new building will range in height from six to 11 storeys.
And in a ground-breaking move by councillors, the legal agreement accompanying the planning permission will contain a clause stipulating that if the housing market in Putney improves before construction work commences, the proportion of affordable homes will have to increase.
Plans for Tilemen post development
New shops and restaurants will be sited at street level along the Upper Richmond Road.
Planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said:
“This development will breathe new life into this part of Putney and make a valuable contribution to the area’s regeneration. It will bring new homes to Putney, new shops and businesses and new jobs. This development will provide a great boost to the local economy.
“And the innovative approach adopted on the issue of affordable housing means that more families on low incomes are likely to get the chance to fulfil their dream of owning their own home.”
However many residents are disappointed by last nights decision, fears were voiced on the forum of PutneySW15.com that should the revised application was passed it would increase the "canyon-like" appearance of this section of the Upper Richmond Rd.
Putney resident John Horrocks has been disappointed that the committee passed the plans - in his posting of the forum he commented after the meeting:
The Putney Society in its has responded to the Council's release has described the Council actions as demonstrating "a cavalier disregard for the local residents and makes a mockery of the consultation process" - click here for the full response.
March 21, 2011