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Please feel free to air your views about the development of the Mortlake Brewery site by posting a comment. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of MBCG. Please avoid any comments that might be construed as offensive. We will edit or remove postings that we deem inappropriate or not relevant. We will not put e-mail or postal addresses on the website but may hold a digital record of them and use them to contact you.

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No. Date Posted Posted By Comment
10 19 March 2017 David Pugh

Although I live close to Richmond Park I feel that this development will have a massive impact upon the whole area. Already Chalkers Corner and the roundabout at Mortlake Green are a traffic nightmare - made worse by the amount of time the railway barriers at Mortlake Station are closed. The delivery trucks parked outside Tesco on Sheen Lane add greatly to congestion. Therefore any development of this site will cause years of horrendous disruption to local people, environment and economy. Once the work is completed it seems likely that there will be increased traffic congestion in the absence of some joined up thinking regarding car parking and public transport - especially given that there will be a new school on the site. I am sure most people want to see some decent affordable housing and understand the pressure on the local authority from Government in this regard, but building a 14-storey tower block will completely alter the nature of our riverside for the worse. These new proposals should be rejected and reviewed to ensure that any plans ensure a greater amount of green space, no increase in traffic congestion/pollution and minimise disruption to local people. For example as much material as possible should be taken away/brought to the site by the river.

9 16 March 2017 Jennie Hartley

I am a local resident to the Mortlake Brewery site and in fact live directly opposite the open green Playing Fields. Indeed the reason I moved to my house was to enjoy and look out at the trees and open space opposite. So I naturally am very concerned and upset at the plans displayed at the Exhibition.

The original agreement was for a primary school and the playing fields were to be preserved. Now it's a large secondary school and the fields will go. I understand this is the decision of Richmond Education Dept. This goes against all agreed Council policies of preserving open spaces, especially in London. The school should be sited elsewhere on the site - it is large enough - to the north east of the playing fields on an area currently built on. If the school is built on the proposed site it will blight the area, be in a dangerous position for children right next to an already very busy road. Accidents would occur.

What's more, if TFL agreed a bus terminal for the 209 next to the school on that corner, it will be dangerous for the children - there has already been a fatal accident and a child permanently maimed at the current 209 terminal in North Worple Way. The 209 terminal should be located at Kew Retail Park.

The proposed site for the school would also directly overlook Lady Elizabeth House - sheltered accommodation for the elderly, and bring noise, disruption, traffic, and would overlook bedrooms. The same goes for the adjoining property to Lady Elizabeth House and for the residents of Watney Road.

Other contentious issues:
- proposed hotel - further increased traffic, taxis, already many existing hotels in nearby Richmond.
- proposed shops - have the developers researched the local area? - there are empty commercial properties in Mortlake High Street, 4 in Sheen Lane, and nearby Upper Richmond Road - some have been empty for years.
- proposed cafes - in Sheen Lane alone, from Mortlake Station to Upper Richmond Road there are already 11 cafes/restaurants.
- proposed pub - there are already 3 pubs on or next to the Brewery site.
- proposed cinema - there is already an excellent new cinema in nearby Barnes - Olympic Studios + cinemas in Richmond.
- underground car parks - do the developers know of the house that collapsed in nearby The Terrace, Barnes - trying to dig underground so near the River - serious risk of collapse.
- what is the weird skyscraper tower doing in the middle of the model at the Exhibition? Another blight on the area.
- apart from the apparent proposed "14 storey" building - totally out of keeping with the area.
- proposed sheltered accommodation - agreed possibly needed but there is already one directly opposite the site (Lady Elizabeth House).
- proposed density of the housing development - 8 out of 10 homes built in London are sold to oversea buyers and left empty.

On a positive note it will be good to be rid of the eye sore which is the current Brewery buildings. However the increased population and in particular the traffic will be unsustainable. Lower Richmond Road is only a single lane road and already jammed all day. It will not cope with the consequences of the size of this proposed development. Not to mention increased air pollution, diesel fumes and consequent ill health of local residents, The open Playing Fields are needed to help oxygenate the local air quality , provide an area for sports for local primary schools and the football clubs.

8 13 March 2017 Jean Porter

I have viewed the plans and find the traffic plans unrealistic. The idea that an extra lane at Chalkerís Corner will solve all the problems on Lower Mortlake Road is ridiculous.

The loss of the long standing community green space for football matches and other activities, where children can let off steam and get fit, is counter productive. A gym is no substitute for playing a game as a team. Build the school elsewhere.

I will appreciate an improved Thames Path.

7 12 March 2017 Sarah Travers

I am concerned about the traffic impact and on the bus routes. It seems that an extension to the 209 is suggested. This fails to address the fundamental challenges of the existing bus routes down Castelnau and over Hammersmith bridge which is that there is a bottleneck. Adding a few hundred extra commuters by bus into Hammersmith will have knock on effects further down the bus route in terms of crowded or full buses even earlier than now on the route. The 209 is already very frequent; neither it nor the Castelnau/Hammersmith route have extra capacity. They need to propose more radical approaches including new bus routes over Chiswick bridge, the closer bridge to the development. I am also deeply concerned about the levels of pollution that already exist on Chalker's Corner which will be added to. Sadiq Khan just suggested that cars should be banned on roads near schools because of pollution- how exactly would that work in the proposed development?

6 9 March 2017 Frank Porter

General: Judging by the model on display the site seems to be too crowded and lacks a new open-space centre for Mortlake containing building such as a library, meeting rooms and shops where Ďlocalsí could gather and which could provide a turn-around point for buses.

Road System: The proposed three turning off the main road (controlled by traffic lights) will cause extensive delays as much of the traffic will require to turn across one lane of main road traffic. Also the traffic flow will be very variable in quantity according to the time if day (especially the road leading to the school). Also no improvement is proposed for the junction with Sheen Lane either in terms of taking out the bends and avoiding blockage by vehicles held by the level crossing. Any improvements at Chalkers Corner will only add to the problem in Lower Mortlake Road [At present the road system and lights at Chalkers Corner works quite well except when there are road works or broken-down vehicles.

A relatively simple change would be to create a large roundabout at the Ship Lane/Lower Mortlake Road junction with two lanes so that straight-ahead traffic was separated from right-turning traffic to a large extent. An additional modification would take a corner of Mortlake Green (regrettably demolishing a few trees) so that Lower Mortlake Road was effectively straight from Chalkers Corner to White Hart Lane and could provide a dual carriageway right from the school end of the new development into Mortlake High Street. The lost part of Mortlake Green would be compensated for by making the saved space on the North side of the straightened road a green area. Straightening of the road would also give the residents in the re-established hotel (at the North end of Sheen Lane) some freedom from noise and pollution.

Vehicles and Transport: The plannersí view that most children will come to school on foot or on cycles does not reflect historic experience in the area. Specifically many children are dropped off by a parent on the way to work. Also the proposed road system would lead to many children being dropped off or picked up on the main road to avoid the congestion and delay of going into the side road Ė particularly dangerous when the child might have to walk across the main road.

Extension of the 209 bus route and increasing the frequency of the 419 would be helpful but extension of the 22 bus route from Putney Common via Barnes and Mortlake would add a new dimension to the network especially if it continued to Kew (bringing the Kew part of Richmond into direct contact with the new school. Extension to Barnes is already under active consideration

School and its recreational facilities: The location of the school must be reconsidered. To take away from residents the whole of the open space without providing comparable public green open space elsewhere is in blatant disregard of the original concepts

Location of the school on the river would enable it to offer rowing and a range of water sports. If finances and space restrictions prevented provision of adequate green playing fields, negotiations might get the school use of the playing fields on the opposite side of the river (with the school providing a suitable boat as a ferry (also facilitating development of nautical skills) Regular access to the school could also be thus provided reducing the number of cars accessing the school from the Mortlake roads.

5 20 February 2017 Simon Webb

I am a resident of East Sheen and have been shocked by the proposed development plans for the Stag Brewery.

It is disappointing that no real attempt has been made to use this unparalleled opportunity to create a real heartland for East Sheen/ Mortlake and to build a centre for the community away from the south circular focus of shops we currently have. This development could be transformational for everyone who lives and enjoys the area. Instead, as it is planned, it will be destructive to almost everyone who currently resides here.

What is currently proposed, as I understand it, is for a 1000 person secondary school which does not benefit the local community as we already have the Richmond Academy which is under represented by local children as it is.

The number of new homes proposed of 1000 is totally unacceptable. This number is completely disproportionate to the existing number of homes in the area and will therefore create undue pressure on the train station and the local traffic which is already an enormous bottleneck.

It is also very sad to be hearing of plans that look to destroy the few green spaces we have left in Mortlake/ East Sheen.

These plans are clearly to the detriment of the community and I suspect that my views are shared by almost everyone who lives in the area.

Finally I am disappointed that the plans have not been adequately shared in advance with those most impacted.

4 15 February 2017 Sean Dodwell

The development of the Stag Brewery site, will be a very exciting and challenging time for all concerned, it represents an opportunity to make a huge positive difference to the area, both immediately on and around the site and on the surrounding area. We look forward to this development and hope that it can build on the existing strong community feel within the Mortlake and surrounding areas. It would be a great shame if this amazing opportunity was missed or somehow de-railed, by interests other than local community and social needs.

We do feel however that any development of the existing green spaces on the site is allowed then this will be a great detriment to any scheme, the local area and itís inhabitants.

As a former PTA chair of a local school, and having organised several Summer Fairs on the site, I have seen first hand how the local community revels in such local events on this site, I do hope that you will become personally involved with the planning process to safe guard the positive aspects of the existing site, and ensure that the needs and hopes of the local community are put ahead of blatant profiteering.

I look forward to any public representations you plan to show that this important opportunity will be carefully considered, and exercised with the requisite amount of consideration and empathy for the local community and itís needs.

3 9 February 2017 Vicky Johnson

Just received your note that the planned primary school is now going to be a large secondary school. This is worrying because of the increased traffic and pollution in the area not to mention the loss of the playing field. Not acceptable.

2 15 December 2016 James Weeden

The 1st Mortlake Sea Scouts (est. 1909, in the early days of the Scouting movement) kept their boats moored on the Thames. I have a press photo of the 1st Mortlake vessel/tug "Minotaur lll", at deepwater (PLA) moorings in the Thames - Surrey side, taken from Ship Lane. I believe the Scouts, based at the Scout Hall in Alder Road, used the slip/hard at the end of Ship Lane to launch the smaller boats in which Sea Scouts and Guides learnt to sail/row. The Scouting Movement, incl Girl Guides, made a significant contribution to life in Mortlake during the 20's 30's and 40's and were well supported by the Brewery and its employees.(photos avaiable) I believe that there are many families in Mortlake (including mine) who took part in Scouting Acivities. The 1st Mortlake Sea Scouts premises were rebulit in 1954, mainly with the help of the Watney Family. See also plaque on the Scout HQ building in Alder Road and the memorial plaque in St Mary's Church, commemorating a terrible accident in August 1950. The Scout premises were rebuilt largely due to the generosity of the Watney family. I would like to think that the Scout moorings and the slip could somhow be acknowledged in the redevelopment.

1 7 July 2016 Andrew Howard-Smith

Summary of Thames Bank Area Residents Concerns and Suggestions (8/2/2016) The residents of Aynescombe Path, Thames Bank, Parliament Mews and Varsity Row are referred to as Thames Bank Area. There follows a summary of the concerns and wishes of the various individuals based on meetings, local knowledge and the Consultation Document of 2011 and documented in emails sent to Andrew Howard-Smith who as a resident of Thames Bank is acting as our representative for the proposed Mortlake Brewery development.

We accept that it is early days in the brewery site's development but the group wants to make its feelings known to the Mortlake Brewery Community Group (MBCG) so that they can convey our group's specific views and concerns to the Developers and Town Planners.

In summary; our residents have concerns about effect on character of our area, building height behind Thames Bank, being overlooked, Secondary school and general disruption of demolition and building works. This is explained in more detail below.

Character of Thames Bank Area:-We should try to preserve the character and heritage of Thames Bank area with its many old and listed buildings. Promoting Thames Bank as a 'unique/special' area - we can include things like architecture, history, beauty, wildlife, sporting location. (Parliament Mews won an award when it was originally developed). To protect the ambience of the Thames Bank enclave, the biggest challenge will be to prevent existing properties being seriously overlooked. A buffer zone should be created on the land immediately abutting our existing properties, probably through the building of elegant, low rise dwellings in keeping with the existing homes. Limit the height of any development on the western end of the site consistent with the 2011 Development Brief. Make Ship Lane the divide between the low and higher rise accommodation.

Development Disruption:-Minimise the disruption from Demolition and Building works. This would include hours of working, dust and noise pollution. Parking for workers and lorry traffic would need to be planned.

Road Traffic:-Minimise the disruption to traffic flows on the Lower Mortlake Road. This is a difficult one as it can be over played. For example the development in Williams Lane of 73 dwellings has not generated any significant increase in traffic flow. Whereas an extra 500 car drivers will not help the situation, traffic is like water the easier the flow, the more traffic will be attracted to the area. The basic problem is that there is nowhere for the traffic to go. Solving one bottleneck only moves the problem somewhere else. There is no ready solution to traffic the jams at Chalkers Corner or the Rail Crossings as we are bounded by the South Circular and Chertsey Roads.

Parking:-This breaks down into parking during demolition and building works, parking of residents and their visitors. If you take the example of Williams lane, the new development and the existing ex brewery flats generate an enormous number of parked cars which makes it impossible for through lorry traffic.

Public Transport:-Assuming a 1000 new residents and their visitors, will not all use their cars, the development will generate increased rail and bus passengers. As this has to be accommodated using existing facilities, the train and bus operators need to be involved in the development's planning process.