Empty Greggs bulldozer plans for new homes and shops in Twickenham return

Empty Greggs bulldozer plans for new homes and shops in Twickenham return
Empty Greggs bulldozer plans for new homes and shops in Twickenham return

Plans to bulldoze an empty Greggs for new homes and shops in Twickenham have returned after similar plans were rejected in 2020.

More than 240 residents opposed plans by the same developer in 2019 to build 116 houses on the site, fearing in particular that the project had made residents’ lives “hell”.

London Square has now submitted similar plans to build the same number of houses in buildings up to five stories high as before, with more affordable housing.

The developer has also submitted another application proposing 97 housing and industrial spaces.

CGI of the 116 housing project at the Twickenham site. Credit: Assael Architecture/London Square Developments

There would be room for shops, offices or restaurants under both schemes.

Richmond City Council can approve one or reject both.

Planning documents say the project would ‘regenerate’ the empty site by demolishing ‘poor quality buildings’ for a ‘highly sustainable mixed-use development’.

Old London Square plans for the site received 241 objections and were rejected by Richmond Council in 2020 due to concerns over affordable housing and loss of industrial space.

In a letter to Richmond Council in 2019, Henry Clive wrote: “Increasing congestion, increasing pollution and diminishing ability to park will make life hell for local residents and must not produce.

Alison Paul said the buildings would “overshadow” surrounding homes, “interfere with views and possibly light”.

She said: “It will also have a huge impact on traffic generation and road safety, with the number of cars negotiating the narrow roads in the area increasing significantly.”

Jackie Houston said: ‘I hate to oppose any plan that creates homes, however I think this development is too big…parking has recently been vastly improved in this area and it would only be time before we be back so we couldn’t park near our house except this time we would pay for it.

She added: “I believe that any new development of a certain size should include appropriate affordable housing through a housing trust to meet the needs of the whole community.

“People who already live, work and send their children to school here. Not just the few who can afford luxury homes.”

The new 116-unit plans would include 58 affordable housing units, 100 on-site parking spaces and 224 bicycle spaces.

According to the 97-unit plans, there would be 20 affordable housing units, 83 on-site parking spaces for residents, 202 bicycle spaces and more for workers.

London Square has been contacted for comment.

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