Monday, 7 February 2011

Hyundai\Sainsburys Development Update

On Thursday 3rd February the Planning Committee rejected the application to redevelop the Hyundai Garage in the middle of the High Street, which had been earmarked for a Sainsbury’s Local convenience store.

It is a big blow for Whitton that the investment and jobs that this development would have provided for Whitton are now uncertain. It is still important that a long term tenant is found for this site and I will now be working with the WBA, the Council and other stakeholders to consider our Town Centre’s next options.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Fairport Convention coming to Whitton and school children benefit too!!

On Saturday 19th March Fairport Convention, the famous English folk rock band, are coming to the Live Room at Twickenham Stadium.

This exciting concert has been brought to us by local resident Colin Gilman who also runs Whitton’s community website whitton.ning. What’s extra special about this concert is that every ticket goes towards a musical instrument for the children of Whitton’s schools. So the more people that enjoy this musical treat the more kids at our schools will benefit.

Please support this great cause. Tickets can be bought online at the following link:


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sainsbury's in Whitton - Planning Update

Over the weekend many of you will have seen a petition in the High Street at the Hyundai Garage for a proposed development that will see the demolition of the existing garage and the erection of a new building that will provide new retail space and 9 new flats. Sainsbury's have been identified as the company who will occupy this space if the application is successful.

It is my belief that this development will bring huge benefit to Whitton and its Town Centre. Throughout the election one common theme I received from residents was the desire to bring new and exciting developments to Whitton to reinvigorate the High Street, and the one company that was mentioned above all was Sainsbury's. From the amount of people and interest that was on shown during the weekend I am emboldened to work to ensure this happens.

It is for this reason that on Thursday 3rd February I have asked the planning committee to consider this application on the back of a recommendation for refusal from planning officials.

Cllr Elliott speaking to a resident
 signing the Sainsbury petition
While I acknowledge that this proposed development has brought about much debate I believe that it is too important for Whitton to be simply refused. Whitton has suffered from a significant lack of investment and this site represents a multi-million pound opportunity for the town. The addition of a sainsbury's convenienace store would also attract people back into Whitton, many who otherwise might travel to Hampton or to the larger Tesco store near the Rugby Ground. The new store would also bring much needed employment opportunities to Whitton on top of a multi-million pound investment. It is a worrying fact that before the large Supermarket was built 45% of Whitton residents shopped in Whitton yet today it is only 15%. This figure is too low to ensure continued sustainability and it is only through anchor stores such as Lidl and Sainsbury's that this can be reversed.

The proposed building itself is striking and has fostered much discussion. Whether you like it or not it is certainly a building that will get people speaking. Design is subjective and some people will not like it. However, it has been designed around a 1930's theme which aligns itself with the thirties architecture of the High Street. It would certainly be an iconic building in the centre of the High Street.

The Committee will meet on Thursday 3rd February from 6:30pm at York House.
http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/environment/planning/planning_committee_meetings/planning_committee-details.htm?mgl=ieListDocuments.aspx&CId=224&MId=2482&Ver=4

Details of the applicaiton can be found here: http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=10/3178/FUL