While we wait for the Solum’s revised plans for Twickenham Station to get fully validated and open for comments on El Brute’s planning pages, the Richmond Informer (doing what its names suggests) informs us that the Twickenham Advisory Panel will be hosting a public meeting to give an airing to the whole station business. It’s perhaps the first time that we’ve seen the TWickenham Advisory Panel in action. Fair play to the TwAPs, we look forward to seeing what they can do.
They’ve even persuaded someone from Solum Regeneration to come along and explain it all. Perhaps it will be Nigel Carr who attended the Future of Twickenham Conference back in October and seemed to imply (though we could be mistaken, of course) that the people of Twickenham were opposed to modern developments. OK, so there are some people out there who’d love a mock-Victorian station block but most peeps just want a well designed, modern development that’s not ten (now nine) storeys high and will cater for the town and rugby fans for the next few decades. Perhaps Solum will surprise us. They could throw us a curve ball and flip around their revised plans to turn their River Crane-side Georgian terrace into the actual station building itself. Do this and Twickenham would become famous not only as the home of rugby but as the birthplace of railway industry too. Choo choo. There’s logic in there somewhere.
The meeting is at Richmond College on Thursday 14th July. If you want to attend then the Panellistas are asking for expressions of interest by phone or email. Likewise, questions are to be emailed in advance. The Informer has more details.
Meanwhile Solum’s plans for the podium on which part of the development will be built, have gone through another iteration. Revised drawings have been received by the Council. These are supposed to give a better picture of what the thing will actually look like when it’s built, including its proximity to the new hotel, Fort Regal, that is going up next door. If you commented previously you can comment on the revisions by 7 July.
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* Our last piece on the station is here. Or just click on “station development” category.
* Podium plan is here.