Following representations made by Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney, and Liberal Democrat-run Richmond Council about the impact of the Hammersmith Bridge closure on the Stag Brewery development proposals, the GLA have decided to postpone the planning application hearing that had been scheduled for 26th November 2020. No new date for the hearing has been set.
Richmond Council Leader, Cllr Gareth Roberts and Sarah Olney MP met GLA planners and urged them to engage with local community groups and to consider how the closure of Hammersmith Bridge would invalidate the developer’s transport assessment - part of its planning application.
Gareth Roberts has said that the proposed development is “too tall and too dense”. He also expressed concerns that the proposed population increase in Mortlake is too great.
Your local Lib Dem Cllrs, Julia Cambridge, Nancy Baldwin, Richard Warren, Richard Pyne and Alice Bridges-Westcott (from East Sheen, North Richmond and Mortlake & Barnes Common wards respectively) have also made objections to certain aspects of the development including objecting to the overbearing nature of the residential blocks and the Chalkers Corner road widening proposals.
The transport assessment assumes the bridge would be open during the construction phase and after the development would be built - but this will no longer be the case. The Government told residents at a Richmond Council-hosted public meeting recently, that it would be more than six years before the bridge opens again.
Richmond Council has written to the GLA in extensive detail on how the bridge closure undermines the developer’s transport assessment.
We all want to see a development which is not only sustainable, but one of which we can all be proud.