Another Plan Submitted To Redevelop Stag Brewery

New riverside scheme includes over 1,000 flats, a school and a cinema

CGI of the revised Stag Brewery scheme from the developer's web site
CGI of the revised Stag Brewery scheme from the developer's web site

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Plans to build 1,114 homes on Mortlake’s Stag Brewery site in Richmond are set to return for a third time next month.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan previously refused plans in July last year and criticised the development’s perceived lack of affordable housing.

The plans dated back to 2017 and drew staunch opposition from both residents and local politicians.

The new planning application includes 1,114 homes as well as a cinema, hotel, boat house, shops, restaurants and a leisure centre. A secondary school is also planned for the site for around 1,200 students.

There will be support for electrical vehicles with around 20 per cent of parking bays fitted with charging points and the potential for an additional 20 to 30 per cent to be added.

There will be a minimum of 2,330 long-stay and 284 short-stay bicycle docks across the development and around 400 trees will be planted across the site.

In January 2020 Richmond Council approved the original application from developers Reselton.

The application was split into three sections, focusing on the residential housing and commercial space, the secondary school, and the changes that would need to be made to the road layout to mitigate extra traffic to the site.

CGI of the planned school in Mortlake from the developer's web site
CGI of the planned school in Mortlake from the developer's web site

This plan said there would be 633 homes on the site, but only 17 per cent (138 homes) would be affordable.

There was also a plan for a ‘care village’ for up to 150 homes, as well as a secondary school and sixth form.

The application was called in by Sadiq Khan because of its low level of affordable housing, which stood at just 17 per cent.

The developers increased this to 30 per cent in summer 2020 by including more homes and making the buildings taller.

The new application included up to 1,250 homes and up to three more storeys on some of the buildings.

The mayor was due to make a decision on the amended scheme on November 26, 2020 after a consultation over the summer and a re-consultation in October 2020, but this was delayed.

The Mortlake Brewery Community Group has been continually monitoring the application and plans for the site.

It is an umbrella group of residents who say they are not opposed to the development, but want it to benefit all residents and visitors.

Francine Bates, co-chair of Mortlake Brewery Community Group, previously said: “We are not opposed to the site being developed but this is a terrible scheme that will destroy Mortlake and the surrounding area as we know it.”

Guy Duckworth, director of Dartmouth Capital Advisors that is undertaking the scheme on behalf of Reselton Properties, said, “We have listened to the views of the Mayor on the height and massing of the buildings and have reduced those accordingly.

“At the same time we have listened to the views of the local community, the Richmond Design Review Panel and the Richmond Council planning and design officers and we have sought views from the GLA.”

He added: “We believe that the latest scheme reflects a balance of views of the interested stakeholders.

“We attempted to meet as near as possible the Mayor of London’s targets for affordable housing and were very disappointed when he rejected the scheme.

“In the interval since then, building costs have gone up by 20 to 25 per cent as a result of Covid and Brexit and this will have a knock-on effect on the amount of affordable housing we are able to provide.”

James Mayer - Local Democracy Reporter

January 28, 2022

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