The Hill Group have applied to redevelop the Ham Close Estate replacing 192 homes with 452 new homes, a community centre and landscaping.
The consultation on improving the estate has been ongoing since 2015. The land is owned by RHP and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRUT).
Following the consultation, many amendments have been made that take into account residents’ comments which include:
- Maximised the number of dual-aspect apartments to let in plenty of natural light, cross ventilation and natural ventilation with all windows being openable.
- The floorplans include a variety of apartment layouts. Apartments have either an open plan kitchen/living/dining arrangement or a separate kitchen/ dining space.
- All residents will have a garden, patio, terrace or balcony.
- The buildings are slimmer, increasing space between buildings.
- Varied building shapes increase the distances between buildings.
- Boundary treatments, including low railings and hedges, are used secure but not enclose communal gardens.
The community centre will replace an existing building and will be three storeys high with flexible space including a gaming room which can be used as a cinema. Indoor skateboarding and parkour can also take place in the centre.
The landscaping will include a linear park connecting to Ham Village Green and 120 new trees and facilities for bats and birds.
The proposal also includes a space for Richmond MakerLabs. Richmond MakerLabs is an all-inclusive space for people interested in DIY and craft. The area features computer facilities, an electronics lab, laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC machinery, metal lathe, kitchen facilities, an informal wood shop, and more.
Richmond planning will confirm the next stage of the planning proposal in September following the neighbourhood consultation.
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