For more information regarding these planning applications please visit the planning pages of Spelthorne Council's web site
Comments on any active Planning applications are listed below.
17/01124/FUL Bishop Wand Church Of England Secondary School , Laytons Lane, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 6LT
The installation of one demountable double classroom unit, to act as extra teaching space
Objection - There is no evidence that the classrooms are located close to facilities (e.g toilets) required by disabled people, The access statement incorrectly refers to the Disability Discrimination Act rather than the Equalities act.
Approved with conditions SCAN
17/01059/FUL Turtle Bay, 24 - 26 High Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EE
Erection of an external covered seating area including the installation of external timber/mesh barriers and 3 free standing umbrellas
Objection - Whilst concerned about the potential for obstruction of the pedestrianised area in general, the main concern is for the poorly designed layout which would prevent wheelchair users gaining access to the area other than adjacent to the part where the barrier is to be removed.
Approved with conditions and an informative about the Equalities Act
17/01028/FUL The Bugle Returns Public House, 173 Upper Halliford Road, Shepperton, TW17 8SN
Demolition of existing public house and erection of a new building with part 2 floors/part 3 floors of accommodation to provide 6 no. 2 bed and 2 no. 1 bed flats, together with associated access, parking, amenity space, bin store and cycle store.
Objection- None of the flats is designed to provide access and facilities for wheelchair users. In the absence of the scope of Building Regulations to require access and facilities for disabled people the proposal needs to demonstrate suitable provision at the planning stage.
Approved with conditions. SCAN comments recorded. No changes by designer who claims full access provided
17/01007/FUL Waitrose, Unit S1, Two Rivers Retail Park, Mustard Mill Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4WB
Sub-division into 3 new retail units, involving increasing the size of the mezzanine floorspace to provide mezzanine floorspace for each new unit, demolition of existing gable entrance and erection of two no. new entrances along with other internal and external changes
Objection - No provision is shown within each unit created by the subdivision for access and facilities for disabled people. The significant increase in first floor area requires provision of lifts
Approved with conditions SCAN comments forwarded to applicant
17/00956/FUL Saxon County Primary School , Briar Road, Shepperton, TW17 0JB
Erection of infill extension to create additional room
Representation - The drawings provided are incomplete and it is not possible to determine whether the proposal has any impact upon access to the building. does the fenestration being removed include doors? How is access and egress for disabled people maintained?
Approved with conditions . SCAN comments recorded
17/00926/FUL 75 Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, TW15 3JT
Conversion of existing dwelling to form 2 no. 2 bedroom flats including a 2 storey rear extension, together with the erection of a 2 storey side and rear extension to form 2 no. 2 bedroom flats and associated parking space.
Objection - None of the flats are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users and as I am advised that the Council has no facility to place a condition on an approval to achieve this I have no choice but to Object to the proposal
Approved with conditions. SCAN comments recorded but officer’s report advises not enforceable
17/00922/FUL 10 Cecil Road, Ashford, TW15 1RJ
Erection of pair of semi-detached houses with associated access and amenity space following demolition of existing bungalow.
Representation - Building Regulations are unable to require access and facilities for disabled people and the proposal needs to demonstrate suitable provision at the planning stage. No provision for wheelchair users is or shown with a step at the entrance and access lobbies which are inadequate.
Approved with conditions. SCAN comments recorded but officer’s report mentions steps could be removed at a later date.
17/00875/FUL 1 Dolphin House, 140 Windmill Road, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 7FH
Erection of 7th and 8th floors on top of existing building to provide 10 no 2 bed units over 2 floors
Objection - The extension increases the proposed number of flats in the building to 120, including those given 'prior approval'. None of the flats appears to be designed to provide access and facilities for wheelchair users. In the absence of the scope of Building Regulations to require access and facilities for disabled people the proposal needs to demonstrate suitable provision at the planning stage.
Refused . SCAN comments recorded
17/00844/FUL 66 Greenlands Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4LR
Proposed demolition of existing single storey side extension and garage and erection of a detached two storey, 5 bedroom house with associated parking and amenity space. Subdivision of plot and reinstatement of front door with porch to original house
Objection - The proposed house is not accessible to wheelchair users as the ground floor is shown on plans to be approx 300mm above the front drive and the front elevations clearly shows a step. The design and access statement is misleading. I understand the Council is unable to place a condition requiring wheelchair access to new dwellings so this must be incorporated into any approved design
Approved with conditions . SCAN comments recorded but disregarded
17/00823/FUL 44 High Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4DY
Installation of new shop front and fascia sign
Objection- The door should be automatic opening and of a width to enable a wheelchair user to gain access. The full height glazed shopfront requires manifestation to enable people with visual impairment to be aware of it.
Approved with conditions, SCAN comments noted but 900mm wide door considered adequate
17/00758/FUL Wardle Dental Surgery, 68 Church Road, Ashford, TW15 2TW
Erection of roof extension including front and side dormer windows, the erection of a two storey rear extension and a single storey rear addition and provision of car parking spaces in connection with the extension of the dental surgery and the provision of 3 x 1 bedroom flats.
Objection - The dental surgery is over two levels with disabled people having to negotiate two steps to gain access to some facilities, including the toilets. The toilets are too small and are neither unisex nor wheelchair accessible and the Equalities Act is contravened. None of the flats is accessible to wheelchair users and none are visitable by disabled people
Approved with conditions and an informative added about access within the surgery only!.
17/00745/FUL 64 Desford Way, Ashford, TW15 3AT
Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of a two-storey building to provide 4 flats together with associated parking and landscaping.
Objection - The proposal is for 4 units of accommodation, none of which is shown to be intended for wheelchair users
Approved with conditions. SCAN Comments noted, but states that disabled access is covered by separate legislation!!.
17/00700/FUL 10A Thames Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4SD
Change of use of second floor from Class D2 (Leisure) to class C3 (residential) to provide 10 no. flats (8 no. 1 bed and 2 no. 2 bed) and change of use of first floor from A1/A2/B1 (retail/office) to D2/B1 (leisure/office)
Objection - There is no indication that any of the flats are designed to be wheelchair user flats, nor adaptable/accessible. The lift appears to be insufficient for wheelchair access.
Applicant confirmed flats accessible for the disabled and wheelchair Users. Recommended for approval
17/00649/FUL Manor Farm Cottage, 126 Green Street, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 6QJ
Erection of new building with three floors of accommodation to provide 9 apartments (1 no. 1 bed and 8 no. 2 bed) with basement parking via a car lift.
Objection - None of the flats are designed to be adaptable/accessible or suitable for wheelchair users. Disabled parking is shown in the basement but the only access from this area to the flats is a staircase .
17/00639/FUL 524-538 London Road, Ashford, TW15 3AE
Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a 132 room hotel with parking spaces, access & landscaping
Objection - The upper floor plans are not included with the application although listed in the attachment schedule. It is therefore not possible to make comment on the layouts.
Approved. With conditions despite file being incomplete
16/01158/FUL 17 - 51 London Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4AE
Redevelopment of the site to provide 5 buildings of varying height comprising 12,787 sqm of office floor space (Use Class B1a) and 253 residential units (Class C3), provision of a new landscaped area, vehicular access, car parking, cycle storage and energy centre.(Amended Plans March 2017 - Revised form / configuration of the residential blocks, changes to end elevation of office block and altered entrance on London Road together with increased car parking provision) (AMENDED PLANS)
Objection - Of the 253 residential units proposed none are intended to be constructed to wheelchair users standard. Approval as shown will prevent this standard being enforceable under the building regulations
There is insufficient information to determine how access is to be achieved from the site boundary to any flat for disabled people, whether visitor or resident.
Approved with conditions including one to provide details of access and facilities for disabled people within 3 months of starting works