Dear Councillor Chalkley,
I am writing to express concern over the time frame for the public consultation for the University Technical College (UTC) proposed for Sutherland Street.
We support the UTC as it will provide high quality vocational training locally but do have concerns over a number of issues including the public consultation, the effect on parking provision, the height of the proposed building and the lack of social housing provision.
When Councillor Talukder and I met with Benjamin Budd from Bouygues and Giles Martin from Redrow in November 2014 we discussed there being a public consultation at the Thamesbank Centre. We had hoped that this would afford all in the Community adequate time to view and comment on the plans. However the two sessions were organised on Thursday 27th November – 2pm-8pm and Saturday 29th November – 10am-2pm which are insufficient to enable everyone who wanted to see the plans to attend. We therefore do not believe that the consultation process has given residents adequate chance to make representations.
Residents are also concerned at the tight timescales in the expected grant of planning permission for redevelopment and the UTC’s proposed opening in September 2016.
During our meeting with the developers in November we raised residents’ concerns about the impact of the development on parking. We were told that the developers wouldn’t want to encourage parking on the street and would have car club spaces. We are now hearing from residents that on-sire parking provision will only be 30 space on site and this will place an additional burden on the on-street parking provision. We seek assurances that there would no loss of parking in the area and on Sutherland Street itself.
During the meeting we raised the issue of a transport assessment and the developers said they would be doing this and had a transport consultant on board. We would seek assurances that a thorough review of the impact the development will have on transport in the local area including on the C10 bus route.
We also seek assurances on the height of the building and its impact on the surrounding buildings in the conservation area.
We very much hope that the Council will look again at these issues and ensure that the views of the local community are fully heard in the consultation process.
Councillor Jason Williams