Another step forward in the regeneration of Twickenham or just another block of flats like the one down the road? Or both? Drawings are doing the rounds for a new residential block on Heath Road opposite Tesco Express. Formal plans have yet to be submitted to El Brute but are expected soon.
The first version to get an airing featured a five storey building with 40 flats and just 20 parking spaces. You know the kind of thing, the type of construction that’s unlikely to be approved but which makes the next iteration look so much more sensible. Yawn! The current version of the development looks remarkably similar to the block a hundred metres away on the corner of Heath Road and Saville Road. You’ll know it as the one with the vacant retail space on the ground floor. But, as a modern building, it looks OK.
The new block would have 24 flats, 24 parking spaces (plus a few bike bays) and would, for the most part, be a bit taller than the current building. And needless to say there’d be some ground floor retail or office space too. The working title for the development is, wait for it… Twickenham House.
So, will we see a welcome addition to the local housing stock which replaces a dated office building or a bland construction that brings little to Twickenham apart from more cars and more customers for Tesco? Only you know the answer to that. What is it?
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