Westmead House redevelopment as care home: Update

The following message has been received by Alan, Jill and Hamish from council officers, regarding the building of the 74 bed care home at the former Westmead House site….

Dear Councillor

Further to your reply, the information from my previous response can be shared although I would summarise the main points as follows:
A Notice has been served on the developer of the site under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. This notice sets the hours of working for noise-generating activities which are as follows:
MondayFriday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
No noisy works on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
An officer has visited the site to investigate reports of work taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 19th December 2015. On this occasion, high winds prevented the crane being used during much of the morning hours. Therefore, the work to remove the blocks from the highway and prevent them causing an obstruction needed to be completed in the afternoon.
The Notice does allow for works outside of the hours in exceptional circumstances, for example where a road closure is required in order to manage traffic movements. Where this is the case, the Council will be notified in advance and it has been recommended that a letter drop be carried out in order to inform residents.
If residents are being disturbed by noise outside of the working hours above, this can be reported by calling 020 8770 5000. Details of how the Council responds to noise complaints can be found on the Council website https://goo.gl/8SMDzO
It has been agreed that, during the Christmas period, all works on the site will cease on Tuesday 22 December and will not resume until Monday 4th January 2016.
Dave Trew

Pollution Control Team Leader
Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service 
London Borough of Sutton | 24 Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey | SM5 2JG

Westmead Care Home – Monitoring Construction

A message is in from Sutton Council about this development….
Dear Cllr….

I held a Site Meeting with Metnor Construction’s Site Agent / Project Manager Mike Sanderson today, after first visiting the site yesterday, following receipt of your enquiry below.

Yesterday’s Site Visit established the validity of xxxx’s complaint, and I was able to convince Metnor’s Mr. Sanderson that we would not hesitate to take enforcement action against the site and its workers if he did not take steps to ensure that his site was run in compliance with the General Logistics Overview and Method Statement which they submitted to us at Planning stage.
At today’s meeting, Mr Sanderson explained the steps he had taken in the last 24 hours to control the nuisance of construction-related traffic on the neighbouring roads of Cowper Avenue, Kingsley Avenue and Byron Avenue (East).
Metnor Construction held a “Tool Box Talk” Meeting with all its sub-contractors yesterday, where 26 of the 28 sub-contractors signed to confirm their consent to comply with Instructions emailed to them by the Site’s Contracts Manager, Shaun Kent. 
Evidence from those attending the meeting suggests that many are bricklayers and plasterers. Mentor informed me today that the bricklaying and plastering operations would end this weekend, removing up to 20 sub-contractors from the site, many of whom currently seem to drive to work.As a result, it is anticipated that the on-street parking demand will be further reduced from Monday.
Metnor have also introduced a construction-related parking scheme, whereby they will henceforth issue a Metnor Parking Badge to all their staff parking on-street, to indicate how many of the vehicles parked on-street at any one time, are related to the site.

Mr Kent also emailed  xxxx yesterday, and copies of the documents referred to above are attached herewith, and I have agreed with the Site Agent that we will monitor the parking situation on a weekly basis, to ensure that it no longer deteriorate to the level observed yesterday.
Please contact me if I can be of further assistance on this matter.

Don Anyiam, M.Sc., CMIHT

Principal Engineer & Management Consultant
Highways and Transport
Kingston & Sutton Shared Service
London Borough of Sutton
Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey SM5 2JG
Tel: 020 8770 4979020 8770 4979

St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2015%2F71900 or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk  by 17th July 2015.

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

More and More Housing…

A lot of new housing and special care/residential developments have been completed in Carshalton Central ward in recent years:-

1) Coleridge Avenue, Poets’ Estate (4 detached houses) replacing one 1920s detached house.

2) Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House, 229-245 Carshalton Road/1B and 1c Shorts Road, Carshalton (44 flats) on site of a former terrace of 9 shops with flats above.

3) Nicole Lodge, 2 Carshalton Park Road (on the site of former Texaco Garage) (12 flats in a new “conservation-area-sympathetic” neo-Georgian block, plus 2 flats at no. 33 Pound Street).

4) Doric House, Carshalton Grove (11 flats).

5) Hillside, 163 Carshalton Road (3 new roof top flats above a 1970s block of flats).

6) Lakin Close/2-4A Rotherfield Road (6 new houses in the close, 3 new houses in Rotherfield Road replacing 4 inter-war detached houses/bungalow).

7) The Park/Corbould Close (conversions/alterations of former 1920s Carshalton War Memorial Hospital) (13 houses). In the Carshalton Park Conservation Area.

8) Ashcombe Court, The Park (10 new flats replacing former nurses’ care home).

9) Corbould Close (8 new residential care flats in grounds of Carshalton War Memorial Hospital).

10) Cedar Close off Salisbury Road (9 new mews style houses replacing former special health care bungalows/houses).

And there’s more to come:-

1) Cowper Avenue/Byron Avenue/Kingsley Avenue/Westmead Road (74 bed care home and some 2 storey houses on former Westmead House site). Now under construction.

2) Former Trolleybus Depot site, Westmead Road. Redevelopment/construction work still to start.

Parker Close as completed April 2014

Cedar Close as completed April 2014

Westmead House demolition continues….

Two photos of Westmead House being reduced to rubble at the southern end as viewed from the Westmead Road/Kingsley Avenue junction, taken on Saturday 29th March 2014.

As previously mentioned on this web site and in special editions of FOCUS, the bulk of the site will become a multi-storey 74- bed care home scheme that was rightly rejected by Sutton Council after campaigns by local residents and local councillors against it, but overturned on appeal to the government’s planning inspector based in Bristol.

The rear of the site, by the two Kingsley Avenue/Byron Avenue East/Cowper Avenue junctions will become modest two-storey houses much more in keeping with the area!

Westmead House from Westmead Road on Saturday 29th March 2014

Westmead House from Westmead Road on Saturday 29th March 2014


And another view looking down Kingsley Avenue from Westmead Road

And another view looking down Kingsley Avenue from Westmead Road

Westmead House Demolition Works – Environmental Health Inspector visits…

A message is just in from the Council’s Environmental Health Inspector…

Dear Cllr Whitehead

Environmental Protection Act 1990. Re: Complaints about Dust and Noise. Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road, Sutton SM1 4JH

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding potential dust and noise nuisance arising from the construction/demolition works taking place at the above address.

I visited the site on Tuesday 18th March and spoke to Mr Freeman, the person in charge of the site at the time. At the time of my visit, no noisy works were taking place. The front of the building is still in place and the remaining walls are sheeted. These remaining walls provide some protection from dust and noise to the properties to the south of the site.

However, demolition has already taken place to the north of the site and the perimeter is only surrounded by temporary metal mesh fencing. I witnessed a workman on the site who was trying to dampen down dusty materials with water from a hose. However, I observed that dust from the area where demolition had taken place was being wind whipped and the direction of the wind was taking the dust towards Kingsley Avenue. I discussed the control of dust with Mr Freeman and asked why there was not solid hoarding around the site. Mr Freeman explained that solid hoarding is to be erected but that some demolition had to take place first in order to provide the space for hoarding. They are now in the process of erecting the hoarding but owing to the existing concrete foundations, this will take 7-10 days to complete. I appreciate that, during this period, there is the potential for dust to leave the site boundary. Therefore, it was agreed that they would:-

a)    Increase the amount of damping down of the dust with water;

b)    Carry out regular visual checks so that they respond promptly to changes in weather conditions;

c)     Phase the erection of hoarding so that those most at risk of being affected by dust are shielded first.

I have spoken to Mr Freeman again today who has informed me that they had tried to put up temporary sheeting on the metal barriers but this was increasing the risk of the barriers toppling over and thus there was a potential to cause injury. Therefore, he is meeting with the Managing Director today and will be discussing alternative options for temporary screening until more permanent hoarding can be erected.  I am satisfied that they are taking steps to control the noise and dust on site and we will be monitoring the situation. In the meantime, residents are reminded that to contact Environmental Health, they should ring the call centre number which is 020 8770 5000. 

I hope that the above answers your enquiry and hope that an improvement will soon be noticeable.

 Yours sincerely 

Dave Trew

Acting Pollution Team Leader


Westmead House R.I.P.

The end of Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road is nigh. Alan, Jill and Hamish visited the building demolition site today 8th March 2014, as viewed from Kingsley Avenue (1st picture) and Byron Avenue East (2nd picture).IMG-20140308-00953Sutton-20140308-00947                                                                                                                                                                                        The site is bounded by these roads and Cowper Avenue to the west and Westmead Road itself to the south.

Carshalton Central Cllr. Jill Whitehead reports: “As previously reported in our FOCUS newsletters, the rear part of the site will be developed as houses, and the front and middle as the 74 bed care home which Alan, myself and Hamish opposed and which Sutton Council’s Development Control Committee also opposed. Alas permission to build the care home was granted by an unelected planning inspector (a Government official) based in Bristol.”

More in a future posting…

Proposed Sainsbury’s, 123 Westmead Road – Licensing News – Cllr. Alan Salter reports back

Cllr. Alan Salter reports:

Following a successful redevelopment appeal to the Department for Environment at Bristol, for Westmead House, a full planning application has been lodged by Sainsbury`s for shopfront alterations to the ground floor which they propose leasing as a Sainsbury`s Local.  At a special Licensing Sub Committee hearing on 10th February, I raised residents` concerns regarding parking, licensing and delivery hours and anti-social behaviour. Sainsbury`s had originally  wanted a 24-hour licence for the sale of alcohol. This has been reduced to the hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and the Committee reserves the right to review the situation, if there is a perceived increase in anti-social  behaviour in the surrounding area, or breaches of delivery times, restricted to the same hours. C.C.T.V. will monitor movements, and could be used as evidence to support any future restrictions. 

Westmead House is located between Cowper Avenue and Kingsley Avenue on Westmead Road, Poets’ Estate, Sutton.

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road – Demolition Commences…. Councillors Ask Planning Officers to Step In….

Local councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish took up local residents complaints about:-

– Introduction of a noisy generator – in fact, Jill could hear this generator from her house in the Poets’ Estate at the present time (it was 7.45pm on Monday evening) with the windows shut, and double glazing in place. Her house is two streets away.

– Introduction of large plant and equipment blocking people’s houses, their entries and exits, and taking out their parking spaces

– Working until 8pm on Sunday night (last night), with lots of noise, vibration and shaking of houses

Councillors have asked to know what will be done to enforce the building conditions for this site bounded by Westmead Road to the south, Cowper Avenue to the west, Byron Avenue East to the north and Kingsley Avenue to the east. This site is very very close to areas of terraced homes so many people are taking the pain from the demolition and building works. Residents are also concerned about dust and grit, and the possibility there might be asbestos being removed.

Dear Councillor

Thanks for the email. There were a number of conditions attached to the planning consent (granted on appeal),  one of which provides restrictions on the times of site works.  A further condition also requires the submission of a method statement for the control of site parking and loading/unloading.

I understand that my building control officers have been dealing with urgent issues relating to demolition of the current building on the site & there has been some urgency to those works due to the building being in a dangerous structural condition.  I will need to talk further to both building control and planning staff tomorrow morning regarding the detail, but it seems that this urgency may have required  operations to commence for a short time outside of  controlled hours.  We will be having an urgent conversation with the developer to establish the position regarding compliance with those conditions, and I will let you know the outcome once that has taken place.

My staff are also liaising with the Environmental Health team from public nuisance angle.

Clearly there will be some level of disturbance that will result from works on this site as they progress, but I agree that it is important that works take place in accordance with an approved schedule and that disturbance is kept to a minimum.

I will come back to you as soon as I have further details and the further discussions have taken place…

Colin Walker

Interim Head of Strategic Planning and Development Management, London Borough of Sutton, 

24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey  SM5 2JG

T: 020 8770 6217

E: colin.walker@sutton.gov.uk

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road