As you know Teddington RFC has been supportive of the redevelopment of the former Imperial College Private Sports Ground in Udney Park Road for some time. The promise of a wonderful new sports ground, a floodlit 4G pitch and open spaces, gifted forever to the local community, is a once in a generation opportunity for Teddington and the surrounding areas. With the support of Affordable Housing and Healthcare Group, the site owners, the proposal is to develop 9 of the 12 acres into sports and community facilities, whilst on the other three acres to build a new GP surgery and deliver affordable housing for the Borough.
If you support this concept, then please object to the Udney Park sports ground being re-designated as Local Green Space by April 5th.
Please visit www.teddingtonactnow.co.uk to learn more, or read on below.
After 100 years in private ownership and an appropriate designation in all the previous Local Plans, the Council decided 2 years ago after the land had been acquired by the current owners, to re-designate the land as Local Green Space in the 2017 Local Plan, making it the equivalent of greenbelt. We can speculate on the reasons but this change would complicate and impede the planning application for any development on the site. The Local Plan was subject to review by the Planning Inspectorate who questioned this re-designation saying it was unjustified and they ruled that the land should retain its original designation. Subsequently one of the local residents challenged this result in the High Court. As a result, Richmond Council are required to re-run the consultation exercise. The Board of TRFC believe it is in the public interest to permit the development of affordable housing and healthcare facilities, which in turn leads to the creation of a much-needed community sports facility and open spaces, as opposed to the closed, decaying private land that the site currently is. We do of course recognise the impact on the residents surrounding the land, but this is about the benefit to the whole of the Teddington community and therefore would very much encourage you to oppose the designation of the area as Local Green Space.
If you are supportive of better local sports and community facilities that this development would provide, then please go to this page and submit your objection. Each person in every household on the electoral register can take part to maximise the impact. The consultation exercise closes on 5th April, so ACT NOW by clicking on this link.
Updated 18:39 - 26 Mar 2019 by Simon Davis
The Board of Teddington RFC