We have been asked by a number of residents recently what is happening to the old Stevenson’s Heating site in West Common Road, for which planning permission had been granted for retirement flats.
Sadly with so many changes in the market the developers reviewed the scheme and have decided not to purchase the site.
We are disappointed with the news, given that the plans had a significant degree of local support, but respect the decision. We will now be watching closely to see who might show a new interest in the site and for what purpose.
Two significant new developments planned for West Common Road are to be unveiled in public exhibitions this month.
The proposals for retirement housing on the old Stevenson’s Heating site, and an unconnected plan for a care home on the old Hayes Common Bowls Club are both expected to be submitted to the Council within the next few months.
Carebase’s proposals for the former bowls club behind Burton Pynsent House (next to Hayes School) will be on display the following week at Hayes Village Hall on Wednesday 15th November between 3 and 8pm.
Residents near the old Stevensons’ Heating premises will shortly be seeing draft plans for a new sheltered housing scheme for older people on the site. The developers, Renaissance Retirement , will be contacting those living within a few hundred yards of the site to discuss their ideas before submitting a planning application, which they expect to do before Christmas.
Graham and Neil saw the plans yesterday with the developer and during discussions took the opportunity to stress the need for adequate off-site parking (though such schemes tend to generate lower traffic levels than ‘normal’ housing). They also noted that the architects involved appear keen to complement the building styles of the surrounding roads and to preserve as many of the trees along the edge of the site as possible.
We will watch the progress of the plans with interest and as always will welcome the views of residents.
The council has confirmed its highway resurfacing schedule for 2017-19.
In our ward Birch Tree Avenue, Chilham Way, Constance Crescent, Farleigh Avenue, Hurstfield, Larkfield Close and Trevor Close are due to be resurfaced, as well as the section of Chestnut Avenue between Queensway and Sylvan Way. Nearby, Layhams Road south of the police dog training centre is also included in the plans.
Transport for London are proposing a £3m scheme to extend the Bakerloo line to Hayes via Lewisham. This would mean direct services across the West End and into North London and possibly more frequent services (though whether these higher frequencies will extend to Hayes is unclear). However, there would be no direct connection to the City or London Bridge, and some dislike the idea of smaller trains (and without toilets).
An application for a licence to sell alcohol at the service station at the bottom of Station Approach has been withdrawn after a knock-back from the licensing committee.
At a hearing recently Cllr. Graham Arthur, on behalf of residents, had argued against the application, following which the bid was deferred in order to gather data on the number of potential customers and other aspects. Shortly after, however, the application was formerly withdrawn by the applicant.
Two controversial planning applications for a new house between numbers 51 and 53 Kechill Gardens were refused by the Council earlier this year. The applicant appealed against the refusal, but the planning inspector has now upheld the Council’s decision stating, among other points, that the development would “appear cramped and awkward on its plot” and “would harm the character and appearance of the area”.
February saw the opening of the new zebra crossing on Pickhurst Lane, close to the bottom of Station Approach. The crossing was put in following requests from the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, supported by your local councillors.
The Council has now drawn up plans with a view to improving the safety of Bourne Way in the approach to the junction with Addington Road, Coney Hill Road and Tiepigs Lane.
The plans, which include new surfaces and amended white lining, have been agreed and it is now awaiting insertion into the work programme. Residents will be contacted directly by the Council prior to the start of work, which will also affect the easternmost section of Addington Road.
Improvements to the appearance of the tatty verges has also taken place, with the results becoming more evident as spring and summer progress.
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