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November 2015

Twickenham Town Centre Plans

Two important document that are still relevant today:

  • Rethink on the Riverside - prepared for the Twickenham Society Group of Local Societies and Individuals, led by Prof Jack Betteridge: Introduction and Full Report (.pdf, 16 pages, 192kb). Sept 2002
  • The October 1999 Report of the Traffic and Parking Working Party, led by the late Brian Parker, and looking at the impact of development on the riverside on traffic flow and parking.

Council Links


Archive: previous activity

Update: 23 August 2013 - Twickenham Embankment improvements

From the Council:

Work begins on 30 September on the redevelopment of the Embankment, directly in front of Diamond Jubilee Gardens, to the west of the Embankment. The work will continue on the improvements already made to the Embankment in 2009.

The work will take 21 weeks to complete, and will include resurfacing, new street furniture, and improved lighting, with:

  • Six crossings over the road leading to the Riverside Walkway.
  • Seven new flower beds to include perennials, grasses, and box hedge.
  • New street lighting and park furniture to link the eastern embankment with Diamond Jubilee Gardens.
  • Use of high quality materials including York Stone, heritage gravel, and Staffordshire blue pavers.

Tree planting will also take place to remove eight Horse Chestnut trees which have become infected with three different diseases which include bleeding canker, leaf miner, and leaf blight. The diseases will lead to what is known as ‘limb failure’ and will reduce the life expectancy of the trees currently located to the Western side of Twickenham Embankment. The trees have outgrown the tree planters and roots are demolishing the pathways and planters.

Council notice of the work

Coming to the Riverside

14 September - Charlie Shore's Boys and Girls Regatta.
Run by Twickenham Alive

25 June 2013 - Queen's Hall up for redevelopment again

Planning Application 13/2270/FUL

Queen's Hall from the service road. Click for larger pictures
Queen's Hall from the service road. Photo © Yvonne Hewett. Larger pictures
Chariot in Queen's Hall. Photo © Memories of Twickenham. Click for larger pictures
Detail of frieze inside Queen's Hall. Photo © Memories of Twickenham. Larger pictures

This application comes from Omaha Properties, owners of the south side of King Street. The plans call for 2 2-bedroom flats and 2 1-bedroom flats, with space for a gym or recreation facility on the ground and first floors.

The ugly, modern rear extension - to the right of the picture above - would be demolished, and the intention is to move the spectacular frieze into the communal area of the building.
The Application documents
Reports, including the Design and Access Statement

19 May 2013 - Council to purchase Santander building and car park

The council cabinet voted on Friday 17 May to buy properties at 1, 1a and 1b King Street, and 2-4 Water Lane.

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The King Street frontage contains Santander, M&Co and Superdrug.

The Water Lane property is the car park behind King Street.

According to the officer's report to cabinet, the purchase - with a suggested price of approximately £1.5million and a cap of £3million - will enable the council to press ahead with plans for a public square at the corner of King Street and Water Lane, plus an "active frontage" with retail and residential down Water Lane.

The term "Active Frontage" has never been adequately defined. It is questionable whether the town centre, with so many empty shops on the main streets, needs any more retail. And the form the residential would take is also interesting

Pool Site: Having this land means that the remainder of the old poolsite can be developed more sympathetically, without having to take a piecemeal approach. It would be wonderful if the Diamond Jubilee Gardens could be extended to Water Lane, with a public viewing platform and café at the corner of Water Lane, giving the best views up and down the river. See pictures below (This is assuming that a suitable home is found for HANDS, the charity which helps many in the borough, which is currently located in the old caretaker's house on the Embankment.)
Service Road: Acquiring the car park means that the service road can be extended to Wharf Lane - though the drop in levels of approximately 1.5m means that vehicles with large turning circles will have problems.

Officer's report (which bears close reading): PURCHASE OF 1, 1A, 1B KING STREET AND 2/4 WATER LANE, TWICKENHAM
Map 1 - Appendix A the poolsite
Map 2 - Appendix B the remainder of the block: Santander building (blue), car park (green), buildings in King Street (red)

Twickerati Blog and Comments

Update: 15 Feb 2013 - New Twickenham Area Action Plan

The Twickenham Area Action Plan is currently undergoing scrutiny by the planning inspector, prior to being adopted. One worrying element in the plan is a possible specification for redevelopment on the site of the old toilets, including possible retail, café, and luxury housing. This is a prime location, with views up and down the river, and should remain in the public domain in perpetuity.

The view downstream from in front of the former toilet block, February 2013.
The view downstream from in front of the former toilet block, February 2013. Photo © Yvonne Hewett.
he view upstream from in front of the former toilet block, February 2013.
The view upstream from in front of the former toilet block, February 2013. Photo © Yvonne Hewett.

Update: 15 Feb 2013 - TRTG's planning application for remaining buildings on poolsite

The Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group's application from 9 March 2012, 12/0719/FUL, still has not been heard. HANDS, the charity that provides voluntary help and support for people throughout the community, is still located in the former Superintendent's house. Otherwise, the buildings are empty and derelict, including the former toilet block.

Please see our History 1980-2001 page for background and the details of developments proposed for the pool site prior to December, 2001; and the pages for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for changes to the poolsite in those years. The picture archive from the partial demolition of the old pool building is at Pictures 1 and Pictures 2.

On this site you will also find:

1. The October 1999 Report of the River Use Working Party, looking at the site, its surroundings, and possible redevelopment options.
2. The October 1999 Report of the Traffic and Parking Working Party, looking at the impact of the development on traffic flow and parking.
3. The Public Consultations. Jack Betteridge's analysis of the consultations, the methods and the results, in 2000 and 2001. July 2001
4. The April 2000 Report of the River Centre Working Party. This interim document was delivered to the Council on 13 April.
5. Rethink on the Riverside - prepared for the Twickenham Society Group of Local Societies and Individuals: Introduction and Full Report (.pdf, 16 pages, 192kb). Sept 2002.
6. Twickenham Society Group's Recommendations for the Poolsite Development Brief - background and briefing on traffic, parking, and difficult areas. .pdf, 7 pages, 90KB. August, 2007.
7. The Big Questions about the Alternative Schemes (2 pages, 90KB .pdf) Originally drafted in 2009 and still relevant.


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You may also be interested in the information provided about this, and related topics, on the following websites:

Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council
The Council Cabinet Members, with contact details
Look up your Councillor
Council Committee Meetings and Agendas
T1 brief of the UDP - Twickenham Riverside and 1-33 King Street (See item 12.54 about halfway down the page)
The Environment Agency: Climate Change
Environment Agency: Thames Estuary 2100; Planning for Future Flood Risk Management .pdf, 1.8Mb, 14 pages
Hampton Society
HANDS - Help a Neighbour in Distress
Planning Inspectorate
River Thames Society
Science Projects (Discovery Centres)
St Margaret's Estate Residents Association
Strawberry Hill Residents' Association
SWLEN - South West London Environment Network
The Teddington Society
The Thames Landscape Strategy
Thames Path Online Guide
To the River: pictorial tour of the riverside
To the River: Eel Pie Island
The Twickenham Museum
Twickenham Online
Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group (TRTG)
The Twickenham Society
Twickenham Town Centre Management Board - what's on in Twickenham
Twickerati Local news blog
York House Society
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Page last amended 23/8/13. All photographs and text on this site are © Twickenham Riverside, unless otherwise stated.