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19/01029/FUL: Harper Home, 29 - 31 Fordbridge Road, Ashford, TW15 2TB
Proposal: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a new building with 3 floors of accommodation to provide 20 units of emergency Temporary accommodation for homeless households, together with associated plant room, car parking, bin store, and other associated facilities. 

Objection: Access to upper floors is limited for disabled people and will not be possible for wheelchair users. Given the building's use this is inappropriate and the design falls to satisfy the Equality Act. A lift should be provided. To ensure the desired flexibility of use for the units created, the internal layouts should provide accessible bathrooms, suitable for wheelchair users. (06/08/19) 

Approved: – SCAN comments reported but applicant justified the design with level access, and 2 units on ground floor suitable for wheelchair users by adding ‘accessible’ to the drawing 

19/01065/FUL: Brookside, Acacia Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1BY
Proposal: Demolition of the existing detached bungalow, garage and shed and for the erection of 2 no. two storey, semi-detached houses with garages, soft landscaping, car parking and amenity space. 

Representation: The finished floor level of each house is shown as 14.88m and the topographical survey shows a ground level between 14.36m and 14.5m (typically 14.45m). This means the new floor will be in the order of 430mm above ground level and this is not reflected on the elevations, which show a single step up. In order to ensure access for disabled people suitable ramps should be designed at each entrance. (12/08/19) Approved: SCAN representation not recorded 

19/01147/FUL: Land To The Rear Of Grandera House, 61 - 73 Staines Road West, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 7FE
Proposal: Erection of a three storey office building 

Objection: With the ground floor 925mm below street and steps between those levels, the building appears inaccessible to wheelchair users. A cross section through the building does not appear to have been provided. In the absence of a ramp or an external lift the building does not conform to the Equality Act 2010. The internal layout appears to contain provision for a lift although that is not annotated. (14/09/19). 

Refused: SCAN comments reported. 

19/00901/FUL: Staines Ex Servicemen’s Club Limited, 6 Laleham Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 2DX
Proposal: Erection of part single storey/part two and a half storey building (over 3 floors) containing new Staines Riverside ex-servicemen’s clubhouse and 14 no flats with integral car, bicycle parking and refuse storage, following demolition of existing building and altered vehicular access 

Objection: Flats 1 - 5 are not designed to be accessible for disabled people and do not to conform with the Equality Act. A lift should be provided. Access to the club from the car park requires the use of a steep ramp or a flight of steps. As a consequence access to the club for disabled people is unsatisfactory. (16/07/2019) Refused: – SCAN comments reported 

19/01237/FUL: Staines Ex Service Men’s Club Limited, 6 Laleham Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 2DX
Proposal: Proposed demolition of existing Clubhouse building and outbuildings to allow for construction of a new ex-servicemen's club house and apartment complex comprising 14 no. apartments with integral car and bicycle parking, refuse storage, landscaping and amenity together with altered vehicular access point from Laleham Road. 

Objection: Access to flats 1A- 5A is achieved solely by a staircase. As a consequence access for disabled people is not provided and suitable parking is not provided for such residents or disabled visitors, contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (01/10/2019) 

19/00889/FUL: 22 Church Road, Ashford, TW15 2UY
Proposal: Erection of two storey rear extension to provide additional office accommodation at ground floor level, a second-floor extension and conversion of first floor to form 2 no. 2 bedroom flats. 

Objection: The ground floor offices will not conform to the Equality Act due to the lack of level access and inadequate toilet provision. Access to the flats for disabled people is inadequate (16/07/2019) 

Refused: – SCAN comments not reported 

19/00992/OUT 22 Church Road, Ashford, TW15 2UY
Proposal: Outline Planning Permission for the erection of a 3 storey building to accommodate 6 no. flats with basement car parking (with access, appearance, layout and scale under consideration) 

Objection: The flats are not designed to provide access and facilities for disabled people. Suitable parking spaces have not been provided and access from parking to the flats requires negotiation of the car ramp. Lift access should be provided to all floors in order to conform to the Equality Act (30/07/19) 


19/00917/FUL: 7 Station Approach, Shepperton, TW17 8AR
Proposal: Installation of a new shop front 

Representation: The new shopfront appears to retain the step up into the building. In order to comply with the Equality Act step-free access should be created. (16/07/2019) 

Approved: with an informative to provide step free access 

19/00936/FUL: - 68 Church Road, Ashford, TW15 2TW
Proposal: The erection of a roof extension including front and side dormers and the raising of the ridge height, the erection of a two storey rear extension, comprising 2 no. 1 bedroom flats and 2 bedroom dwellings, together with associated parking space 

Objection: - Neither house has level access nor facilities on the ground floor suitable for disabled people or wheelchair users. The new flats are only accessible by a step at the entrance and by a staircase. None of the dwellings created conform with the Equalities Act. Access to the dental practice appears to be via a step and this must now be replaced with a suitable ramp if it is to conform with the Equality Act. Inadequate provision has been made for parking for wheelchair users (16/07/19) 

Refused: – observations about ‘accessibility’ for disabled people noted in officer’s report 

19/00927/FUL: The Laurels, Park Road, Shepperton, TW17 9JB
Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of a new dwelling with associated decking and boundary treatment (amendment to planning permission 18/00258/FUL to include changes to the facing materials, replacement of integral garage with bedroom, and increase in ridge height) 

Objection: - The only access to the dwelling is via flights of steps and it is therefore inaccessible to wheelchair users. As a consequence, it does not conform with the Equality Act. A short rise or platform lift should be provided (16/07/10) 

Approved: SCAN comments recorded but flooding used to justify lack of access

19/00798/FUL: PBH Engineering Company Limited, 112 Windmill Road, Sunbury On Thames, TW16

Proposal: Erection of detached garage workshop (B1c and B8) on part of existing factory following previous demolition of an existing building. 

Objection: There are no drawings on file on which to comment so I have no alternative other than to raise a precautionary objection (13/06/2019) 

Approved: with no further consultation with SCAN – drawings added to website on 20th June (i.e. after SCAN comments made) 

19/01007/FUL: 6-8 Station Road, Ashford, TW15 2RY
Proposal: Subdivision of 2 x 3 bed duplex units to create 4 x 1 bed units 

Objection: None of the units created has access for wheelchair users and the unprotected external staircase would be difficult for ambulant disabled people to use. As shown on elevation 5 the staircase appears to be incomplete. No provision appears to have been made for parking for disabled people (30/07/2019) Approved: SCAN comments not reported 

19/00786/FUL: 13 Station Approach, Ashford, TW15 2QN
Proposal: The installation of a new shop front 

Objection: The application incorrectly refers to a 'shop front' as this is not a retail premises. The proposal appears to retain a 120mm step up into the building and, given the extent of the works proposed, this is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 As the space is used as a meeting room for political matters, this lack of access for disabled people is even more significant.(13/06/2019) 

Approved: with an informative on Equality Act  

19/00717/FUL: 15 - 17 Church Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EN
Proposal: Subdivision of A3 restaurant into 2 no. separate units and change of use to A5 (fast flood takeaway) with new shop front and signage (retrospective) and ventilation system. 

Objection: The new shopfront to no. 15 is shown to have a step at the doorway. This is in contravention of the Equality Act 2010 as it provides a barrier to access for wheelchair users. (19/06/2019) 

Approved: with an informative on Equality Act requiring the building to be ‘accessible’ 

19/00692/FUL: 51 Leacroft, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PB
Proposal: Replacement of existing dwelling with three storey apartment building comprising 9 no. two-bedroom units, alterations to the existing outbuilding, and associated car parking, landscaping and amenity space 

Objection: In the absence of a lift, the upper floors are not wheelchair accessible. None of the flats, including those on the ground floor, are wheelchair adaptable. As a consequence the design does not satisfy the Equality Act 2010. (19/06/2019)  

Approved: with an informative on Equality Act requiring the building to be ‘accessible’. 

19/00682/FUL: Nationwide, 28 - 30 High Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EE
Proposal: Alterations to existing shop front, including alterations to windows, ATM surround and the insertion of a 'di-bond' aluminium panel 

Representation: The proposal appears to show a door threshold. Level access should be created to facilitate access for disabled people. Doors should have an automatic opening facility. (06/06/2019)

Approved: with an informative on Equality Act 

20/00101/FUL Poundland, 95 - 99 High Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PQ
Proposal: Ground floor extension to existing retail unit to rear of site. Erection of 4 no. additional storeys towards rear of site to provide 7 no. flats. Conversion of first floor and roof of existing 2 storey building to front of site to provide 2 no. flats. Creation of raised communal landscaped areas at first floor. Erection of first floor access lobby to residential accommodation. 

Objection: Comments: As a car-free scheme, accessed via a cobbled lane, the flats are effectively inaccessible to disabled people and wheelchair users due to the remoteness. Even though the flats in the new rear block have a lift (stated as complying with 'Part M') the distance to the entrance negates the benefit of this 

20/00052/FUL: Inglewood, Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6QB
Proposal: Conversion of House of multiple occupation (HMO) to 8 residential flats involving extension and alteration to front and rear with associated parking, refuse storage and amenity space. 

Objection: Limited access has been provided to ground floor flats and access to the first floor flats is only by means of staircase. The second floor appears to have been retained as storage and if for residents will be of limited accessibility. Given the extent of works intended it would not be unreasonable for the applicant to provide access and suitable facilities for disabled people and wheelchair users to at least the ground floor flats.

20/00051/FUL The Pavilion, Gaflac Sports Ground, Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6QG
Proposal: Erection of 5 dwellings with associated parking and amenity space following demolition of existing pavilion building 

Representation: Comments: The drawings include information on Plot B, a separate plot with a separate planning application. The internal layouts of each house fail to provide facilities for wheelchair users.

19/01676/FUL: The Fordbridge Centre, 91 Clarendon Road, Ashford, TW15 2QA
Proposal: Erection of single storey front extension to existing building and remodelling to entrance lobby. Objection: The loss of the 'accessible' parking bay is of concern, particularly as many of the users of the day centre are likely to have a disability. Rather than the loss/reduction of such a bay, additional bays should be considered 

19/01663/FUL: Land At Station Road, Shepperton, TW17 8AU
Proposal: Erection of single detached house with associated forecourt parking and integral garage. 

Objection: With the only access to the house via flights of steps, the design does not ensure the dwelling is accessible to or adaptable for wheelchair users. The design should incorporate a suitable short-rise lift.

19/01567/FUL: Florida Court, Station Approach, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4LZ
Proposal: The erection of an additional floor to create 4 x 1 bedroom units and 5 x 2 bedroom units, replacement of windows and the creation of 2 additional car parking spaces. 

Objection: Not one of the new flats is accessible to disabled people. The scope for the new flats being even visitable is restricted due to the poor layout of existing staircases.

19/01552/FUL: Kingswood , Towpath, Shepperton, TW17 9LL
Proposal: Erection of detached dwelling following demolition of existing dwelling and garage

Objection: As a result of the new house being raised for protection against flooding, it is not accessible or adaptable for disabled people. Re-design of the entrance to incorporate a short rise lift would be appropriate

19/01534/FUL: 37A French Street, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 5JL
Proposal: The erection of 3 x 1 bedroom dwellings and 1 x 2 bedroom dwelling, with associated parking and amenity space following demolition of existing building.

Objection: None of the houses is 'visitable' by a disabled person due to the omission of wcs on the ground floor and the stepped approach from the communal area. In any event the long access way, with the need to pass parking places, would restrict access for disabled people, particularly wheelchair users.

19/01529/FUL: 10 Station Approach, Ashford, TW15 2QW
Proposal: Construction of a third floor to create 1 no. flat within a mansard roof and other associated alterations (including alterations to fenestration and addition of parapet wall at second floor).

Objection: The new flat is neither accessible nor adaptable for disabled people. The staircase arrangement results in the flat being very difficult for a disabled person to even visit

19/01459/FUL: Rear Of 11-13 Elmsway, Ashford, TW15 2SH
Proposal: Erection of a detached 3 no. bedroom dwelling with associated access

Objection: The design and access statement states that the house is designed in accordance with Requirement M4(1) of the Building Regulations and as such is only intended to be 'visitable' by disabled people. This is the lowest possible standard and the house is not intended to be accessible by wheelchair users. Consequently the design does not satisfy the Equality Act 2010. (01/11/19)

Open for comment: SCAN representation not yet recorded

19/01447/FUL: 55 - 57 Poplar Road, Ashford, TW15 1EJ
Proposal: Proposed demolition of existing bungalows and the erection of 2 x 3-bedroom dwelling and 3 x 2-bedroom dwellings with associated car parking, landscaping and amenity space

Objection: The Design and Access Statement submitted with the application misleadingly states that the buildings will comply with Part M of the Building Regulations, However those regulations in fact contain three options and it is evident from the planning application drawings that the proposed layout of plots 1, 2 and 3 can only conform with the lowest category of being visitable. Those plots do not meet category 2 as they are not designed to be accessible and adaptable. As a consequence the development will not satisfy the Equality Act 2010 (01/11/19)

Open for comment: SCAN representation not yet recorded

19/01419/FUL: 23 Shepperton Road, Laleham, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1SE
Proposal: Erection of a first floor rear extension with a first floor balcony and stairs to the rear with spiral staircase, and internal alterations to the ground floor unit. Objection: The front entrance appears to have a step and under the Equality Act this should now be eliminated. Access to the re-positioned toilet is less satisfactory due to the creation of a narrow lobby area.

19/01330/FUL: 133 Laleham Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 2EG
Proposal: Erection of new two storey building, including rooms in the roof space, to provide 4 no. 1 bedroom flats with communal amenity space and off-street parking following demolition of existing detached dwelling. Objection: Access to the building is restricted for wheelchair users by virtue of the narrow side passage and the lack of a lift to flats 3 and 4. The flats do not satisfy the Equality Act 2010. The proposed parking options show disregard for the Highways Act and propose 'pavement parking' or car manoeuvres requiring use of the footpath. In addition, both constitute a hazard to visually impaired people and wheelchair users. (13/10/19) Open for comment:  SCAN response recorded

19/01297/FUL: Headline House, Stanwell Road, Ashford, TW15 3QH
Proposal: Erection of 4 storey building to provide 14 flats consisting of 7 no. 1 bed and 7 no. 2 bed with associated parking and amenity space following demolition of existing commercial building.

Objection: Access to every flat within the development requires access via a flight of stairs (other than Flat 1 which also has a steep car ramp.) Internal layouts are not suitable for disabled occupants. A lift should be provided to all floors as stairs are only acceptable under Part M of the Building Regulations if 'lift access cannot reasonably be achieved'. With new build this cannot be justified. As a consequence the design has not been undertaken in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the completed building would not satisfy that Act. The flats do not meet the lowest standard of the Building Regulations. (13/10/19)

Open for comment: – SCAN response currently not recorded

19/01288/FUL: 73 Thames Street, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 6AD
Proposal: Change of Use from Offices (B1) to Non-Residential Institution (D1) and Advertisement Consent for the installation of 2 non-illuminated fascia signs and 1 non-illuminated hanging sign

Objection: Beyond the 'planning statement' the planning application does not include an indication of proposed room uses. There are currently three kitchen areas, two of which are substantial. The current use of the building appears to be described incorrectly; The proposed treatment areas are likely to be inaccessible to disabled people and the means of satisfying the Equality Act 2010 must be demonstrated. Unless a lift is installed flexible treatment arrangements need to be made for disabled people, particularly wheelchair users. Level access needs to be confirmed at the front entrance. (13/10/19)

Open for comment:  SCAN response recorded

19/01146/FUL: 119A Feltham Road, Ashford, TW15 1AB
Proposal: Alteration to shop front fenestration

Representation: There are no drawings available on which to comment. As the shopfront is being modified the Equality Act 2010 requires that accessibility for disabled people is provided. (25/10/19)

Open for comment: Still no drawings published and SCAN representation not recorded

19/00954/FUL: 1 Willow Way, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 6BT
Proposal: Erection of a detached two bedroom bungalow raised above ground level, with parking beneath and associated access and amenity space

Objection: With access to the habitable accommodation via a staircase, the dwelling is unsuitable for disabled people, particularly those reliant on a wheelchair. The dwelling does not conform with the Equality Act (30/07/19)

Open for comment: – SCAN representation recorded

19/00796/FUL: Forum House, 14 Thames Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4UD
Proposal: Removal of existing structure on the roof and replacement with a 3-storey extension to provide 11 flats

Objection: The proposed 4th floor plan shows a lift, extending up to the 6th floor, which is not shown on the existing 4th floor plan. it is therefore appropriate to demonstrate how this lift relates to lower floors. The flats have not been designed to be adaptable or suitable for wheelchair users.

The parking arrangements are inadequate to satisfy the needs of disabled people. There are no disabled parking places provided. Access between parking spaces and the building appears to require the use of a staircase and, in any event, is of excessive length. There is no indication how access is provided to the lift for residents and visitors either arriving by car or directly from the highway. (22/06/2019)

Open for comments: – Revised drawings submitted 29/10/19 but no evidence of SCAN comments


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