On 8 August we handed 3,000 signatures against
the development at Hampton Court station to the
mayor and submitted a 45 page report (read
the complete 45 page Adobe PDF file - if you
do not have the Adobe PDF reader
click here first) that calls for the rejection of the Planning Proposals in their entirety.
The report points out the
massive size of the new development (20
times the size of the existing station!), the
serious flood risk (the site is Flood Zone 3 -
the highest risk), the increased air pollution,
the ground contamination from the old railway
shed and turntable, and the failure to protect
the natural and historic environment as the
Campaign to Protect Rural England has also
pointed out to the Council.
In addition, the traffic chaos and danger will
be made worse both during and after the three
year construction period and East Molesey's
streets will have to cope with the additional
commuter traffic caused by closure of the
railway car park and its eventual replacement
with an inadequate underground car park.
The report makes it clear that the Hampton Court
Rescue Campaign supports the Royal Star & Garter
Homes but believes it has been "ruthlessly used
as an emotional 'front'" and is concerned that
it is now locked into a scheme that is wholly
inappropriate for its needs and it may therefore
get hurt in the process.
A welcome statement was issued to HCRC by HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES on
Friday 1st August 2008.
"HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES CONTINUES TO OPPOSE JOLLY
Historic Royal Palaces has for many years been actively involved in
discussions about the future of the Jolly Boatman and Hampton Court railway
station sites. We responded in opposition to Gladedale’s scheme as proposed
during their public consultation in 2007. We formally objected to their
first planning application, our opposition being based on the detrimental
visual impact the scheme would have on the setting of Hampton Court Palace,
its gardens and parkland. These form an historic ensemble of outstanding
national and European importance. The proposed development will have a
significant impact on – and almost obliterate - key views to and from the
palace. We deplore the overall density and scale of the development which
would be a major intrusion in the rural landscape of this section of the
The recent second application is substantially the same as the original,
except that it shows a different architectural treatment of the proposed
hotel on the former Jolly Boatman site. The “enveloping” of the hotel with
Georgian-style elevations does not, in our view, do anything to make this
bulky and dominant building more acceptable visually or sympathetic to its
In summary, the development shown in both the original and the latest
planning applications would have a major detrimental impact on the setting
of Hampton Court Palace and on the rural nature of the River Thames at this
location. The proposed hotel would seriously damage forever the views to and
from the palace and cause harm to the character of the area.
We continue to call on Elmbridge Borough Council to refuse planning
consent for the reasons set out above.
If you would like to read more about HRP’s position on the development
please visit our website
HCRC is campaigning against this development because of its
detrimental effect on the community of Molesey. It is easy to be taken in by
Gladedale’s recent ‘Newsletter’. The artist’s impression tempts with its
low-level, sweeping view of the Station setting, masked by copious tree cover,
but this is very misleading. This is a HUGE DEVELOPMENT, the actual
height, scale, and dimensions of the Hotel complex will be much more imposing
and will overwhelm the Thames riverfront.
The MRA has also expressed concern about these plans in its latest newsletter
which states “that it is completely against what we see as a total
overdevelopment of this sensitive site”.
With pressure on developers NOT to
build on areas with recognised Flood Risk, why is a double-storey
underground car park being considered for this site, an Environment Agency
designated ‘ZONE 3 HIGH RISK’ area?
How can SAFETY AND SECURITY be
guaranteed to users of the sub-surface car-park? At night particularly,
anti-social behaviour and vandalism can be expected unless restricted
opening hours are adopted.
The SCC Traffic plan fits all 3 Applications.
This intends to reverse traffic- flow UP Bridge Rd and extend the
Gyratory to PREVENT its use as a roundabout. There will be NO
RIGHT TURN out of the new Car park, thus requiring a trip to Imber Court
roundabout to return to the bridge. There will be a huge increase in parking
locally due to there being NO parking provision for hotel visitors.
The scheme will ADD 6488 SQ FT of
retail and commercial space. Given this new on-site retail opportunity our
many thousands of visitors will have no need to cross the busy main road.
This will surely threaten the livelihoods and businesses of our local
BRIDGE ROAD TRADERS.
There are 3 different designs for the Hotel
complex. Whichever Hotel plan is favoured, the remaining parts of the original
scheme, the urban, contemporary ‘villas’, mews’, Care Home etc, will be
GRAFTED ON. Hampton Court Way for example will retain its bland ‘John Lewis’
Gladedale and the Royal Star and Garter Homes
Charity have once again been sending leaflets, far and wide, enclosing Freepost
pro-forma postcards of support. These are swamping Elmbridge Planning Dept. This
is a new Planning Application and previous letters may not apply, so please,
please write again.
The Elmbridge Planning website gives the 8th August 08 as the
call-off date for receipt of correspondence but letters sent after this date
will still be valid. The
HCRC urges everyone to register their rejection of the new scheme by writing to:
Head of Town Planning,
Elmbridge Borough Council,
quoting the planning numbers 2008/1600 or by email:
Finally, HCRC is very grateful for the continuing support of the many local
residents who are concerned about these proposals. We will continue to fight to
obtain the best possible outcome for local people and business.