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21/00877/OUT 273 - 275 London Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4JJ
Outline consent with all matters reserved for the development of up to 69 no. 1 & 2 bedroom affordable apartments and community centre.

R - Representation
Comments:
As this is an outline application I can only comment on access and parking arrangements at this stage. The 3 parking spaces proposed for disabled people in the basement effectively restricts the scope for all 69 apartments to be accessible and adaptable dwellings. They can therefore only comply with the lowest standard : M4(1) - visitable dwellings, which should not be considered adequate. As the basement parking appears to be intended for residents, there are no disabled parking spaces proposed for the Community Use Centre

21/00908/FUL 77 Kingston Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1AB
Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of new two storey dwelling
O - Objection
Comments: The house is isolated and the access provided limited to an extent that it can only satisfy M4(1) Category 1 - visitable dwellings. To achieve even that low standard adjustment needs to be made to the front entrance ramp, which should not exceed 1 in 12. Access has not been provided from the point of alighting from a car (the driveway) and the rear steps which could be used do not have suitable handrails.

21/00921/FUL 131 High Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PD
Demolition of existing structures and creation of retail unit and 9 no. flats facing the High Street together with a residential building providing 14 no. flats to the rear with associated parking and amenity space.

O - Objection
Comments:
The Design and Access Statement includes a claim that the buildings are "all in compliance with Part M of the Approved Building Regulations". That statement is itself meaningless and it is evident from the drawings that even the minimum visitable standard, particularly the block facing the High Street as the first floor flats are 3.825m above the level of the retail unit and the staircase design does not satisfy Part M4(1) - category 1 visitable dwelling. There are several aspects on the internal layouts which also fall below even M4(1) standard, In any event these new flats should be designed to satisfy at least M4(2) Category 2 Accessible and adaptable standard and preferably M4(3) Category 3 wheelchair user standard. In either case a lift should be provided to each block and whilst the block adjacent Station Path appears to have a lift, this needs to be confirmed/required by way of a condition on any approval issued. There is insufficient parking for the 23 flats to ensure that each flat has either a parking space and drop off points have not been shown. .

21/01008/FUL Little Gay House , 7 Sandhills Meadow, Shepperton, TW17 9HY
Erection of a replacement dwelling and detached garage following demolition of the existing house and garage

O - Objection
Comments:
Whilst the design of this house appears to meet the minimum 'visitable' standard (Category 1) of Part M4(1) of the building regulations, there is no reason why a higher standard cannot be achieved, An external short rise lift which would make the dwelling category 3, M4(3) 'Wheelchair user' could be installed at reasonable cost. It should also be noted that the plan of the rear decking on drawing 01A does not correspond with elevations with respect to the rear steps.  

21/01014/FUL   9 Stanwell Road, Ashford, TW15 3EH
Erection of an attached two storey dwelling house together with associated parking and amenity space. The creation of a new vehicular access onto Stanwell Road.

R - Representation
Comments:
The proposed dwelling does not have step free access and the internal layout proposed does not satisfy the minimum standard for compliance with Part M4(1) - visitable dwelling.

21/01077/FUL Willow Trees , Sandhills Meadow, Shepperton, TW17 9HY
Replacement new dwelling after demolition of existing.

O - Objection
Comments:
The ground floor level of this dwelling is raised only marginally less than 2.0m above ground level and does not provide step free access. The design of the external flights of steps does not satisfy M4(1) - category 1 - visitable dwellings and are unsafe to use. The proposed house does not satisfy the minimum standard of Part M. There is no reason why the dwelling should not be designed to be at least accessible and adaptable (M4(2) - category 2) with provision of an external short rise lift. Step free access from each decking area could be created . A condition on any planning approval should stipulate compliance with M4(2)- Category 2 or M4(3) - Category 3 Wheelchair dwelling

21/01157/FUL 4 Chalmers Road East, Ashford, TW15 1DX
Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of a pair of 3 x bedroom semi-detached dwellings with associated parking and amenity space.

R - Representation
Comments:
The houses appear to have potential to be at least category 2 (Part M4(2)) accessible and adaptable dwellings This does not appear to be by design, Any planning permission granted needs to contain a condition to the effect that compliance with M4(2) or M4(3) is required if these standards are to be achieved.

21/01276/FUL Land Adjacent To Former Swan Inn House, Moor Lane, Staines-upon-Thames, TW19 6EB
Erection of a 4 bedroom, two storey dwelling with dormers to front and rear and a single storey garage and car port to the side.

O - Objection
Comments:
There is no indication that the design has been undertaken with the welfare of disabled people considered. The stepped access to this new house means it is no better than 'visitable' when it should be designed to be at least 'accessible and adaptable' and preferably 'wheelchair user'. Level or ramped access should be provided.

21/01354/FUL Glenmore (Inglewood Hall), Green Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6QB
Conversion of House of multiple occupation (HMO) to 9 residential flats involving extensions and alterations to front and rear including loft conversion and rear facing dormer, with associated parking, refuse storage and amenity space.

O - Objection
Comments:
Whilst level access appears to have been intended for ground floor flats, the parking arrangements partially shown clearly result in obstruction of the ramp to flats 1, 2 and 3. The upper flats are accessible only by stairs and can be visitable (in accordance with Part M) at best . A number of the door arrangements to ground floor flats render them unsuitable for wheelchair users so even they can only be considered 'visitable'. It is evident that no particular consideration has been given to designing these flats to be suitable for disabled people.

21/01384/FUL229 Stanwell Road, Ashford, TW15 3QX
Redevelopment of property, including the demolition of the existing 3 bedroom dwelling, and the construction of a two storey building, with first floor accommodated in the roof space, comprising 3 x 1 bedroom units, with associated parking and amenity space

R - Representation
Comments:
The proposed block plan (PL-03 - rev P1) states that the 'Existing property (is to be) altered and extended to accommodate 3no. flats' whereas the planning description refers to 'the demolition of existing 3 bedroom dwelling'.

21/01461/FUL 4 Thurlestone Parade, High Street, Shepperton, TW17 9AR
Proposed alterations to the frontage including the reorientation of the existing glazing, set back by 1.35m for provision of external seating area, and the display of new signage. Additional proposed ventilation system as detailed.
R - Representation
Comments:
Although a disabled wc is shown, access is unsuitable due to inappropriate door arrangements. The proposed shop front shown on drawing 4TP-PL-12 differs significantly to that shown on drawing 4TP-PL-02. The entrance doors are obstructed by the seating arrangement proposed.

21/01492/FUL 31 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH
Erection of a two storey side extension to create a new build residential 1 bedroom dwelling on existing garden land to form an end of terrace property.

O - Objection
Comments:
The absence of a wc at ground floor level means the dwelling does not meet the minimum standard to be a Category 1 - 'visitable dwelling' (M4(1)) for compliance with Building Regulations.

21/01495/FUL 46 Desford Way, Ashford, TW15 3AT
Erection of a 2 storey building to create 2 x studio units and 2 x 2 bed units with associated amenities following demolition of existing dwelling.

O - Objection
Comments:
Without lift access to the upper floors those units are only visitable and are therefore unsuitable for wheelchair users and are not accessible or adaptable. No parking is shown for disabled people. The use of the rear outbuilding has not been clarified.

21/01507/FUL Vivienne House, Budebury Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 2BB
Proposed additional storeys at roof level to existing block of flats to provide seven additional flats together with additional car parking and cycle storage.

O - Objection
Comments:
The applicant makes no specific mention to providing access for disabled people and justifies the omission of an external lift on the basis of impact on flooding. This does not appear to be a 'reasonable' case for not providing a lift in this instance. With steps at the existing entrances and the existing staircases unlikely to comply with Part M4(1) the flats do not appear to satisfy even the minimum standards for being visitable. In any event these flats should be at least 'accessible and adaptable' in compliance with Part M4(2) - Category 2.

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