Surrey County Council (SCC) and Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development (SOLD) have submitted a £6.3m planning application for the Thames Young Mariners (TYM) site to Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council for consideration.

The Council validated the application and allocated reference number: 22/3139/FUL.

Full application details can be found on the Richmond Council planning website here.

The proposal is for the demolition of existing buildings and construction of replacement buildings with associated residential accommodation, changing block, replacement staff accommodation and outdoor activity equipment, including high ropes, climbing wall, coasteering course, supporting pontoons with associated hard and soft landscaping and parking.

TYM will be able to open all year round rather than just April to October as they do now. This will bring in extra revenue and provide a good return on the investment.

Surrey Council said on their website:

“The proposed buildings on site will seek to provide residential accommodation for schools/youth groups and will update and replace staff accommodation, changing facilities, learning and meeting space, administration space, storage and workshop and a fit-for-purpose dining hall and kitchen. The proposals will continue to make use of the existing site access from Riverside Drive. 

“The approach to landscaping is an important element of the proposals given the surrounding natural environment of Ham Lands and the River Thames, which these proposals will respond to. The landscape design forms an integral part of a wider site strategy that seeks to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the site, respectful of the local landscape character. The external landscape materials and planting will be used to blend the facilities into the surrounding setting, using quality natural materials in keeping with the context of the site.”

The consultation has been open since April 2022, and a decision is due by February 2023.



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