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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Richmond Council says it has listened over Twickenham Riverside

Feedback from residents who took part in the summer consultation on the future of Twickenham Riverside is now being fed into the designs.

In June and July, residents were asked for their views on the latest proposals regarding the future of the King Street/Water Lane/Embankment site.

The designs were based on the most favoured option presented in the previous 2016 consultation; a building on King Street / Water Lane and a second building facing the Embankment and Diamond Jubilee Gardens with a wide open space facing onto the River.

Residents were specifically asked for their views on three areas; landscaping, parking, servicing and access, and ground floor building uses.

The feedback from the survey and drop-in sessions has now been evaluated and the Council is publishing the report detailing the key messages.

In terms of landscaping, residents preferred the convex steps up to the new development from the Embankment, and a more ‘informal’ design for the area up to Diamond Jubilee Gardens from the Embankment.

The proposed uses for the ground floor comprising retail towards King Street and restaurant / café on the Embankment with business / community uses through Water Lane were also broadly supported.

Some respondents raised concerns regarding the scale of the Embankment building and the Council says it is looking at ways to address this.

It says there was a mix of views on the style of architecture and how that could be developed to be in-keeping with the area, reflecting the range of styles in Twickenham and recognising the influence of the River Thames in the history and future of the town.

Parking in the wider Twickenham area was also raised by a number of people during the consultation.

The Council says it understands residents’ concerns about parking on the Embankment.

Previous studies have shown the Embankment parking to be "well used and at times under pressure."

Parking in this area is outside the site boundary for the Planning Application for proposals on the riverside, however a study will be commissioned looking at parking across central Twickenham.

The feedback from this consultation is now being fed into a final design for the site, which will be consulted on later this year, ahead of a Planning Application being submitted before Christmas.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:28 pm  

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