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Francis Terry’s contentious Twickenham Riverside scheme scrapped

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The London Borough of Richmond has axed plans for the Twickenham Riverside scheme by Francis Terry and Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher, after Lib Dems took over the council

The former Conservative-run council granted planning permission for the local authority-backed scheme in March – although the government was still deciding whether to call the scheme in. But it was ousted in May’s local elections.

A new Liberal Democrat administration, which campaigned against the contentious proposals, has now scrapped the scheme and is returning to the drawing board for the site, which formerly contained a swimming pool.

On Twitter, Lib Dem council leader Gareth Roberts, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce that, as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a better scheme for #TwickenhamRiverside, the planning application for the previous scheme has been withdrawn.’

A council spokesperson said that a new round of community engagement would begin in the autumn and that it was too early to speculate over the identity of any new architect for the scheme.

The planning application approved in March was in effect Francis Terry and Associates’ third set of designs for the major residential-led mixed-use project in south-west London since it won the commission in 2015.

Terry’s original competition-winning proposals, which included a Regency-inspired amphitheatre, came under fire from local residents, resulting in the practice putting three new options forward for the scheme late last year.

The council appointed Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher to support the production of the detailed planning application submission, it said last year.

Local resident and architect Paul Velluet, who formerly served as a member the Royal Fine Art Commission’s Thames Landscape Strategy Panel, told the AJ: ‘I, and many members of the community, welcome the decision and the chance for a fresh start for the site. It was a fundamentally bad scheme – overscale, poorly proportioned, poorly detailed with lots of flat roofs.

‘We warned the former councillors that they would lose their seats over this and that turned out to be the case – all three of the riverside councillors were voted out in May.’

View the three proposals in full here 


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