Rainbow Industrial Estate – Mixed development of residential and commercial plus an associated application for the station Kiss & Ride.
Applications 14/P4287 & 14/P4288. Planning Permission has now been granted by LB Merton.
Southey Bowls Club (between Kingston Road, Lower Downs Road and Abbott Avenue) has received planning permission to build residential units on the site together with a new club house and bowling green. The theory is that the money the scheme will generate will provide well for the future of the club and will give a sense of security for its future. Whilst many people whose houses back on to the club site have their own objections to the development, the concerns of the ARA has been focused mainly on the proposal to turn much of the footpath linking Kingston Road and Abbott Avenue into a shared car and pedestrian road. We think this is dangerous and believe the developers should provide a separate space for vehicles and for pedestrians. Although planning permission was granted even for this part of the development, Cllr David Dean plans to enquire into the ownership of this alleyway - we think it could belong to Thames Water - and try and persuade them to object to its proposed use
Glass Factory 3-5 Dorien Road (Application no. 13/P4058)
Although the amended proposals set out in this application were recommended for approval in mid 2014, it was not until June 2016 that a decision notice approving the proposals was raised, probably because the applicant had to agree to and sign legal undertakings to pay Section 106a/Construction Infrastructure Levy money in order to receive consent.
The following amendments have been made to the planning application for these combined sites. As regards massing and height, the small 7th storey at the north west
corner of the original scheme has been reduced to 5 storeys and the remainder of the block next to the railway line reconfigured, being 6 storeys for the central section of that block (part of it was
6 storeys in the initial scheme). The 4 storey frontage onto Kingston Road remains much as the original scheme (3 storeys of apartments over a ground floor of small business units).
This should all be seen in the context of permissions already granted for parts of the existing site. The old Spinks site has permission for a 4 storey frontage with a set back 5th storey and the Access storage site has permission for the equivalent of 6 storeys at the back of the site.
Also, given the site's proximity to Raynes Park station the limited parking is in line with planning policy requirements.
The Area to the South of the Skew Arch. The area roughly between the Rock restaurant, the library and the Skew Arch has always appeared as a significant area of public space which could be better utilised. A lot of creative work has been achieved on the north side of the railway, so we’re now looking to see what can be done on our side. Peter Fischer has produced some options for this large piece of public land with the help of Tony Edwards from Place, Design & Planning (local urban planners) - click link on the left for more information.
For more information see the proposed plans in this PDF: