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Plans for student accommodation on High Street

All who live in Hampton Wick need to be aware of a proposed planning application to the London Borough of Richmond for the conversion of Brentham House and Bermuda House on the High Street. These are the two modern office buildings opposite the Post Office,

The proposed scheme will create some office units in Bermuda House but the remainder of the buildings will be used to create 71 student flats. The proposal includes filling in the underground car park (presumably to maximise development potential).

Many residents are already concerned that the proposal will not benefit the local community but may be to its detriment. Issues such as inadequate car parking, traffic concerns (particularly when the 71 residents move in and out) and the overall effect on the character of the village have all been raised. There may be impacts on the type of businesses opening in the High Street and an increase of the sort of anti social behaviour which is already evident to those who live close to the existing student accommodation at Kingston Bridge House.

Hampton Wick is already home to a good number of students. The company behind this proposal, SRIL Hampton Wick Ltd, appears to be a Jersey based company. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, this is a purely private commercial venture which is not being driven by local educational institutions or the local authority. And the proposal comes at a time when student numbers are expected to fall!

One of our local councillors, Gareth Evans, has already confirmed opposition to the proposal as “completely unsuitable for Hampton Wick”. The Association will continue to monitor the situation but everyone needs to be ready to voice their opinion in the event that the proposed planning application goes ahead!

In the meantime, if you have any immediate views/concerns, you should contact our councillors:

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