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New community centre and affordable housing in Teddington a step closer!

17 March 2022

Plans for a new community centre and affordable housing scheme in the heart of Teddington were approved by Richmond Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday 9 March, subject to two recommendations.

In 2021, the Council asked local people for their views on proposals for a new fit-for-purpose community centre on the North Lane East Car Park and former run-down depot site, part-funded by 100% affordable housing on the existing Elleray Hall site.

Elleray Hall in Teddington is home to a popular daytime social centre for residents across the borough. The current building, including the original section constructed in 1911, has reached the end of its useful life. As well as being beyond repair, it is too costly to maintain and heat. The vision for the community centre will deliver a brand new fit-for-purpose facility in the heart of the local community.

It will continue to offer a wide variety of services to older residents, but because of its flexible design, it will also be able to host events, classes and activities aimed at a wider range of groups and individuals. As part of the newly approved plans, current users will be able to move from the old facility and into the new one overnight without any service disruption. There are also plans to transfer some of the plants from the much-loved garden into the new garden space.

The housing scheme will deliver 16 residential units, all of them affordable. The wider scheme will also bring:

  • Private gardens and communal amenity space
  • Car free units with the exception of the two accessible wheelchair units
  • A car club space

Approval of the plans are subject to two amendments: 

  • The negotiation, revision, and completion of a draft Section 106 agreement 
  • That the Council will not sell the car park until it has secured a partner to deliver the housing scheme

The Committee agreed to delegate the approval of these two further conditions to the Council’s Assistant Director of Environment and Community Services (Planning and Transport), so the plans can proceed without returning to the Committee for review.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Lead Member for Communities and the Voluntary Sector, said:

"I am delighted at the decision of the Planning Committee to approve this scheme. A new community centre is so needed for the users of Elleray Hall. The vision for this new facility is to create a community asset that will have flexible indoor space as well as a much-loved garden, bringing benefits not only to our older residents, but offering people of all ages many opportunities to become more active and get involved in their community."

Cllr Jim Millard, Lead Member for Housing, said:

"It's wonderful that this scheme will be 100% affordable housing. This borough is a great place to live and we want to make sure local people, especially younger and older residents, are able to stay living here as circumstances change throughout their lives, as part of a thriving and diverse community. Delivering housing like this is how we achieve that."

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Updated: 17 March 2022

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