The Mortlake Brewery Community Group has submitted its response to the Stag Brewery redevelopment plans to Richmond planning department, on Sunday, May 13, the same day the public consultation on the plans officially closed.
The 125-page document was compiled in partnership with town planners Harwood Savin, after the campaigners successfully crowdfunded £10,000 towards fees. Kate Woodhouse, deputy secretary of the Love Mortlake Campaign, told the Richmond and Twickenham Times: “I think the response to the consultation has been very high. There have been over 800 responses – we’re looking forward to seeing what happens next.”
Reselton Properties proposes a development on the 22-acre site which it promised would “put the heart back into Mortlake”, including a school, shops, up to 817 homes, and a cinema.
However, the scale of the redevelopment was criticised by by the majority of residents who got involved in the consultation. The developers submitted the plans under 3 separate applications; the current tally of online objections to three applications is 771.
MBCG isn’t the only group to object to the plans, Network Rail oppose them on the grounds there will be increased risk at level crossings at Mortlake station and Sheen Lane.
The full MBCG Response is 125 pages, so you may want to read the shorter Executive summary and Conclusion. The report concluded, “We remain supportive of the 2011 planning brief’s proposals which has a good balance of housing (including affordable), commercial/retail units, green spaces extending from Mortlake Green to the river, while retaining some of the historical aspects of the area.”
In summary, the report found:
• The plot is not large enough for the school, which is partially sited on playing fields
• The development is three times denser than surrounding areas
• The 40 per cent increase in Mortlake residents and the new users of the school and retail outlets will have a significant impact on the local transport and traffic
• There is no public transport strategy
• There is no plan to address risks at the Sheen Lane level crossing which is a high-risk crossing, as identified by Network Rail
A spokesman for Reselton Properties told the Richmond and Twickenham Times: “The masterplan proposals as submitted for planning seek to deliver the aims and objectives of the adopted Planning Brief, meet planning policy in all key respects, whilst maintaining the highest standards of architectural design and providing the best amenities for residents, new and existing, and businesses which can and do operate in the local area.”
The local planning authority will now start considering everyone’s comments.