The latest chapter in relation to the long running saga of the proposed redevelopment of the Udney Park Playing Fields in Teddington, Richmond, has ended.
Following a 13 day inquiry, Inspector R J Jackson has dismissed the appeal brought by Quantum Teddington Development Ltd, Quantum Teddington LLP and Teddington Community Sports Ground Community Interest Company against the non-determination by the Richmond-upon-Thames LBC of the Appellant’s application for planning permission for the development of a new extra-care community, with new public open space and improved sports facilities, comprising: 107 extra-care apartments (Class C2 use), visitor suites, and associated car parking; 12 GP surgery (Class D1 use) and associated car parking; new public open space including a public park, and a community orchard; improved sports facilities (Class D2 use) comprising a 3G pitch, turf pitch, MUGA, playground, pavilion and community space, and associated parking (68 spaces); paddock for horses; and a new pedestrian crossing at Cromwell Road; and all other associated works.
The Inspector upheld the Council’s case that the scheme would be substantially harmful to the character and appearance of the area, would breach the NPPF and Sport England’s policies in relation the protection of sports pitches, would be unacceptably harmful in terms of its impact on bats and would have a harmful impact on the amenities of neighbouring property.
The site has also been the subject of recent High Court proceedings in respect of its designation in the Local Plan as Local Green Space.
Robert Walton QC acted throughout for the London Borough of Richmond.