Wednesday, 2 September 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Hamptons Planning Permission Granted

The Worcester Park Blog can exclusively reveal that developers St James Homes have won their appeal over the controversial expansion of 'The Hamptons' development.

John Denham, Secretary Of State for Communities & Local Government, has rejected all of the arguments put forward at the Public Enquiry by those opposed to the construction of 184 further dwellings on the site of the former sewage works in Green Lane.

Those who opposed the further expansion (including Sutton Council, local MP Paul Burstow, and the Worcester Park Residents Association) argued that the problem of traffic congestion which already blights Worcester Park would be exacerbated if The Hamptons expands further.

On this key argument, the Secretary Of State has said he is 'not convinced' that the proposal would make traffic to Worcester Park significantly worse.

A new access road will be built linking the Hamptons to Boscome Road, however this will only give access to 9 of the new dwellings. Traffic to and from 175 new dwellings will therefore be forced to use what is currently the site's only access road (onto Green Lane).

Denham also writes that there was no compelling evidence put forward at the enquiry that the expansion would substantially add to the risk of accidents or otherwise impair road safety.

Campaigners also argued that Worcester Park's local services (in particular schools and GP surgeries) were already overstretched and the additional population would place an impossible further strain on resources.

Only last month, a survey by Paul Burstow MP found that 60% of existing residents on the Hamptons have to travel up to 3 miles to see a GP - with some residents having to travel to Motspur Park, Merton Park and New Malden to see a Doctor.

However Denham rejects this argument, ruling that the new development "would make appropriate contributions in respect of local education and healthcare services" (developers St James Homes having commited to making increased financial contributions to local services).

Campaigners' concerns over the adverse affect on local air quality and fears that the development would exacerbate the risk of flooding were also rejected. The Secretary Of State was satisfied that local concern about flooding could appropriately be addressed by a planning condition requiring a drainage scheme to be approved.

Permission has therefore been granted for developers to build 184 new dwellings (including 63 affordable units) to be called Providence Place. The dwellings will comprise:

  • Twenty nine 1 bedroom apartments
  • Fifty nine 2 bedroom apartments
  • Six 3 bedroom semi-detached houses
  • Twenty six 3 bedroom terraced houses
  • Four detached 4 bedroom houses
  • Twenty semi-detached 4 bedroom houses
  • Thirty six terraced 4 bedroom houses
  • Four 5 bedroom detached houses
  • Sixty two ground source heat pumps
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