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Last updated: Tuesday 8th April 2014
The HWA has formed a view regarding the planning application recently submitted in relation to the Manuel’s / AD Baker site on the High Street. This is the submission that we have sent to the Council:
In general terms, the Hampton Wick Association would welcome an application which improves the High Street and maintains the historic buildings at 6, 8 and 10 High Street.
However, in relation to this application, the Association and its members have some concerns—
1. The proposal results in the permanent loss of two more retail units in Hampton Wick High Street which is largely defined by its small scale, friendly shops. Our High Street is in need of regeneration – but it is important that, wherever possible, its character is maintained. The two retail units that will be lost have a long history and are in a prime position. Their conversion into residential units diminishes further the High Street rather than enhancing it.
2. The density of the development to the rear of the premises does not seem in keeping with what is currently there. The site is within the conservation area and is very close to the listed buildings at the front. We agree also with other comments to the effect that the light well between the High Street building and the new build at the rear will offer little natural light to the rear units, poor natural ventilation and little privacy. There are obvious impacts on neighbouring properties, for example, 12A High Street.
3. There is no parking for the commercial space and there are fewer parking spaces than units (Hampton Wick already has parking problems that need to be addressed).
4. Vehicular access to the proposed properties appears to be both from the High Street and from the rear service road. The concern with access from the High Street is that this may disrupt traffic flow down the High Street. As to the service road, our understanding is that this is a private and unadopted road which has been prone to flooding – and this should be addressed.
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