View of the proposed entrance
We received 700 responses to our community consultation which were categorised so they could be considered by our technical speicalists in conjunction with feedback from Council officers and other statutory consultees. The ten most common categories are responded to below.
Our transport consultants have been working with the Borough and TfL to mitigate concerns raised, the transport strategy includes the following measures;
- Breakfast club and after-school clubs / activities
- Improvements to public transport
- Improvements to the existing site access
- Improvements to pedestrian facilities on Hospital Bridge Road, Montrose Avenue and at the access to the site
- A Car Park and Access Management Plan
- Delivery and Servicing Plan
- School Travel Plan
- Generous cycle parking provision
Our investigations during the pre-application process established that Hospital Bridge Road is the only site in the west of the Borough on which the school can realistically be accommodated.
The Council’s own report, published on the 21st October 2018, into the site selection process supports previous statements made by Council officers on suitable sites in the Borough.
The independent report commissioned by the new LibDem administration demonstrates that the David Lloyd/Uxbridge Road site has planning restrictions which make it an inferior location and prevent it being an option for Turing House School.
As Hospital Bridge Road has been discussed for a few years, many students are already attending for whom that site will be as, if not more, convenient.
The GLA and the Secretary of State have accepted in recent decisions that the need for school places and the lack of sequentially preferable sites on which that need can be met, do represent the very special circumstances necessary to permit development for state education purposes on MOL and Green Belt sites.
The Borough needs and our survey told us the community supports Turing House School places.
Richmond Council’s school capacity and place planning report from June 2018 expects delivery of these places as part of the secondary and sixth form forecasts for the western side of the Borough.
The report predicts that even with Turing House School and Twickenham School at capacity the Borough would not have enough places by 2020.
All applicants for September 2018 who live in Whitton and Heathfield were offered a place at Turing House School.
Careful design of the main entrance enables segregated access for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles accessing Sempervirens Nursery. Both the school and the nursery will have separate gates so they can control access and operate independently.
The alternative access via Heathfield Recreation Ground enables alternative routes to school.
Further access arrangements include;
- Dedicated cycle lanes into the school site
- New crossings
- Double yellow lines
- 20mph speed limit
Currently 23.5% of students walk to school and live within 1.6km radius of the Teddington site. 35.5% of students live within 1.6km radius of the permanent site. 75% of students live within 3km of the Teddington site. 85% of students live within 3km of the permanent site. This shows that more students could walk, scoot, or cycle to the Hospital Bridge Road site.
Last month Turing House School’s travel plan was awarded TfL’s Gold Standard and we would like to thank you for taking part in the various initiatives that have seen a reduction in car trips by students.
The detailed technical research from our transport consultants suggests that the current geometry of the bridge can be considered as a speed mitigation measure for vehicles approaching the site access. A speed hump is also proposed on Hospital Bridge Road beyond the bridge to enforce speed reduction for traffic approaching the site access and the proposed zebra crossing. The visibility splay assessment met the requirements for both 20mph and 30mph speed limit, but the project team have suggested to the Highways Authority that a 20mph limit is introduced.
The air quality assessment has not identified any existing air quality concerns on HBR. Furthermore the levels of traffic generated by the school will not add to concerns over air quality. The current noise environment does not constrain the development of a school on the site albeit classrooms closest to the railway are likely to require mechanical ventilation. The school is designed to be inherently energy efficient and will satisfy the requirements of the London Plan in terms of exceeding the Building Regulations requirements for Co2 emissions
Retention of open space
The site is currently closed for public access, however a portion of the site has been separated from the school and provided as a public open space, managed by the local council and giving opportunity for a rich, natural environmental resource for the benefit of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The permanent home layout has been carefully considered in order to minimise impact on the openness and character of the site. The buildings have been restricted to the least sensitive area of the site to the northeast between the railway line and the nursery. This allows for retention of green vistas from Heathfield Recreation Ground and maximising open space as playing fields and improvements to landscaping and habitat corridors.
The proposed school provides an on-site car park for staff at a ratio of 1 space per 2 staff. This is in line with maximum standards. Its utilisation will be supported by a Car Park and Access Management Plan. This document will provide the school with a management strategy that ensures that the car park is well utilised, gives priority to parking for staff who share their journey to work and manages travel behaviours to ensure that staff park on-site, rather than on-street.
The proposal for a CPZ in the area is seen as an additional measure that should help prevent staff parking within residential streets.
Student drop-off is expected to occur on street, as such, impact on on-street parking is expected to be swift and low. A parking occupancy survey was carried out and showed that additional parking demand generated by students can be accommodated in the area.
The site is currently closed for public access, however the proposed development will provide a new community resource in the hiring of the school’s facilities as encouraged by planning policy. The plans support public use in both the internal and external design and transport strategies accommodate out of school hours use.
Richmond Council’s Playing Pitch and Indoor Sports Assessments highlight the need for new facilities for community use within the borough. An assessment of the supply and demand of and for facilities locally is being undertaken and community access tailored to local need.