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Published March 30th, 2014

Westmead House demolition continues….

Two photos of Westmead House being reduced to rubble at the southern end as viewed from the Westmead Road/Kingsley Avenue junction, taken on Saturday 29th March 2014.

As previously mentioned on this web site and in special editions of FOCUS, the bulk of the site will become a multi-storey 74- bed care home scheme that was rightly rejected by Sutton Council after campaigns by local residents and local councillors against it, but overturned on appeal to the government’s planning inspector based in Bristol.

The rear of the site, by the two Kingsley Avenue/Byron Avenue East/Cowper Avenue junctions will become modest two-storey houses much more in keeping with the area!

Westmead House from Westmead Road on Saturday 29th March 2014

Westmead House from Westmead Road on Saturday 29th March 2014


And another view looking down Kingsley Avenue from Westmead Road

And another view looking down Kingsley Avenue from Westmead Road

Published March 19th, 2014

Westmead House Demolition Works – Environmental Health Inspector visits…

A message is just in from the Council’s Environmental Health Inspector…

Dear Cllr Whitehead

Environmental Protection Act 1990. Re: Complaints about Dust and Noise. Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road, Sutton SM1 4JH

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding potential dust and noise nuisance arising from the construction/demolition works taking place at the above address.

I visited the site on Tuesday 18th March and spoke to Mr Freeman, the person in charge of the site at the time. At the time of my visit, no noisy works were taking place. The front of the building is still in place and the remaining walls are sheeted. These remaining walls provide some protection from dust and noise to the properties to the south of the site.

However, demolition has already taken place to the north of the site and the perimeter is only surrounded by temporary metal mesh fencing. I witnessed a workman on the site who was trying to dampen down dusty materials with water from a hose. However, I observed that dust from the area where demolition had taken place was being wind whipped and the direction of the wind was taking the dust towards Kingsley Avenue. I discussed the control of dust with Mr Freeman and asked why there was not solid hoarding around the site. Mr Freeman explained that solid hoarding is to be erected but that some demolition had to take place first in order to provide the space for hoarding. They are now in the process of erecting the hoarding but owing to the existing concrete foundations, this will take 7-10 days to complete. I appreciate that, during this period, there is the potential for dust to leave the site boundary. Therefore, it was agreed that they would:-

a)    Increase the amount of damping down of the dust with water;

b)    Carry out regular visual checks so that they respond promptly to changes in weather conditions;

c)     Phase the erection of hoarding so that those most at risk of being affected by dust are shielded first.

I have spoken to Mr Freeman again today who has informed me that they had tried to put up temporary sheeting on the metal barriers but this was increasing the risk of the barriers toppling over and thus there was a potential to cause injury. Therefore, he is meeting with the Managing Director today and will be discussing alternative options for temporary screening until more permanent hoarding can be erected.  I am satisfied that they are taking steps to control the noise and dust on site and we will be monitoring the situation. In the meantime, residents are reminded that to contact Environmental Health, they should ring the call centre number which is 020 8770 5000. 

I hope that the above answers your enquiry and hope that an improvement will soon be noticeable.

 Yours sincerely 

Dave Trew

Acting Pollution Team Leader


Published March 8th, 2014

Westmead House R.I.P.

The end of Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road is nigh. Alan, Jill and Hamish visited the building demolition site today 8th March 2014, as viewed from Kingsley Avenue (1st picture) and Byron Avenue East (2nd picture).IMG-20140308-00953Sutton-20140308-00947                                                                                                                                                                                        The site is bounded by these roads and Cowper Avenue to the west and Westmead Road itself to the south.

Carshalton Central Cllr. Jill Whitehead reports: “As previously reported in our FOCUS newsletters, the rear part of the site will be developed as houses, and the front and middle as the 74 bed care home which Alan, myself and Hamish opposed and which Sutton Council’s Development Control Committee also opposed. Alas permission to build the care home was granted by an unelected planning inspector (a Government official) based in Bristol.”

More in a future posting…

Published February 15th, 2014

Proposed Sainsbury’s, 123 Westmead Road – Licensing News – Cllr. Alan Salter reports back

Cllr. Alan Salter reports:

Following a successful redevelopment appeal to the Department for Environment at Bristol, for Westmead House, a full planning application has been lodged by Sainsbury`s for shopfront alterations to the ground floor which they propose leasing as a Sainsbury`s Local.  At a special Licensing Sub Committee hearing on 10th February, I raised residents` concerns regarding parking, licensing and delivery hours and anti-social behaviour. Sainsbury`s had originally  wanted a 24-hour licence for the sale of alcohol. This has been reduced to the hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and the Committee reserves the right to review the situation, if there is a perceived increase in anti-social  behaviour in the surrounding area, or breaches of delivery times, restricted to the same hours. C.C.T.V. will monitor movements, and could be used as evidence to support any future restrictions. 

Westmead House is located between Cowper Avenue and Kingsley Avenue on Westmead Road, Poets’ Estate, Sutton.

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Published February 5th, 2014

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road – Demolition Commences…. Councillors Ask Planning Officers to Step In….

Local councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish took up local residents complaints about:-

- Introduction of a noisy generator – in fact, Jill could hear this generator from her house in the Poets’ Estate at the present time (it was 7.45pm on Monday evening) with the windows shut, and double glazing in place. Her house is two streets away.

- Introduction of large plant and equipment blocking people’s houses, their entries and exits, and taking out their parking spaces

- Working until 8pm on Sunday night (last night), with lots of noise, vibration and shaking of houses

Councillors have asked to know what will be done to enforce the building conditions for this site bounded by Westmead Road to the south, Cowper Avenue to the west, Byron Avenue East to the north and Kingsley Avenue to the east. This site is very very close to areas of terraced homes so many people are taking the pain from the demolition and building works. Residents are also concerned about dust and grit, and the possibility there might be asbestos being removed.

Dear Councillor

Thanks for the email. There were a number of conditions attached to the planning consent (granted on appeal),  one of which provides restrictions on the times of site works.  A further condition also requires the submission of a method statement for the control of site parking and loading/unloading.

I understand that my building control officers have been dealing with urgent issues relating to demolition of the current building on the site & there has been some urgency to those works due to the building being in a dangerous structural condition.  I will need to talk further to both building control and planning staff tomorrow morning regarding the detail, but it seems that this urgency may have required  operations to commence for a short time outside of  controlled hours.  We will be having an urgent conversation with the developer to establish the position regarding compliance with those conditions, and I will let you know the outcome once that has taken place.

My staff are also liaising with the Environmental Health team from public nuisance angle.

Clearly there will be some level of disturbance that will result from works on this site as they progress, but I agree that it is important that works take place in accordance with an approved schedule and that disturbance is kept to a minimum.

I will come back to you as soon as I have further details and the further discussions have taken place…

Colin Walker

Interim Head of Strategic Planning and Development Management, London Borough of Sutton, 

24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey  SM5 2JG

T: 020 8770 6217

E: [email protected]

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road