_______________________________________________________________________• Gloriana FAQs extracted from the Council’s consultation brochure [part 1 of 2]
Below are some additional questions that have been asked following the commencement of the consultation period:
• Why did the Cabinet discuss / agree the funding before the end of the consultation?
As part of a funding strategy, there is a need to have a commitment of potential funding support in place to proceed with external funding applications, such as that which is being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This financial commitment will only be called upon if the project is to move forward.
• How big is the proposed boat house?
The size of the boat house is yet to be accurately confirmed. However, the current and approximate external dimensions which are being used for modelling purposes are 7m high, 12m wide and 36m long.
• Why was the feasibility study not made public before hand?
The feasibility study is an important first step in the development of any concept. Further steps are always most certainly required to test the feasibility content further before it is put forward for public consideration.
• Would there be safety barriers around the boathouse?
Yes. Safety barriers will be required along the banks of the newly excavated canal into the boat-house.
• How will the proposals impact the tranquillity of the local area if there are hoards [sic] of tourists coming to visit?
Part of the philosophy of the scheme that is proposed is to encourage residents, particularly children, to visit the area to enjoy the surroundings and importantly gain an understanding of Richmond’s riverside heritage and heritage in boat building. The Council will not be actively supporting an increase in motorised traffic but rather encouraging visitors to come by foot, cycle and/or to use the local ferry.
• How will the boat house be managed and when would it be open to the public?
Further work is still to be done on this particular area. There is the expectation that the Council and Gloriana owner will enter into an agreement that ensures the appropriate management of the facility and that achieves the objectives and benefits required for the local community. The views of the public, as with all aspects of this project, will also importantly be taken into account in this process.
• Will the water in the boathouse go stagnant over time?
No, the water can be flushed out by opening the dock gates and using the tidal flow of the river to clear any water that could become stagnant over time.
• Isn’t development in Orleans Gardens protected by Act of Parliament (View from Richmond Hill)?
This will be the subject of careful consideration and response should the project move forward to a planning application stage.
• Would the children’s playground be relocated to an area that sits directly over a high voltage cable?
As part of the design development a utility study will be undertaken to confirm that the positioning of all features, including the playground, the dock and all building structures are in locations that do not pose any hazard or hindrance to the safe use and enjoyment for visitors and users.
• Why did you not consider the Ham House site or Hampton Court as part of your feasibility study?
The current site considerations have been based on the provision of both a summer mooring and winter storing solution. Neither of those sites can satisfy both of those requirements.
• Is this project just the thin edge of a wedge for further development?
No. The land at Orleans Gardens is part of a conservation area and is protected by strict planning conditions. This unique project will have to comply with those same planning conditions and demonstrate an exceptional case in order to justify development.
• Why did the Council agree to invest up to £1m in Capital Funding to this project?
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire the presence of a significant national asset within the borough which we hope will promote future value and benefits on a number of levels, whether that be historical, social, educational, commercial, and a level of investment is required to progress this opportunity.
• Why does the current consultation not allow for a YES/NO answer to the scheme?
There are a number of elements to the overall scheme and the consultation is providing respondents with the opportunity to comment on each of these specifically. There is also the opportunity within the survey for respondents to indicate their opinion on the location and the overall scheme and therefore a specific YES/NO question is not considered required. It is a consultation and not a single question matter.
• Why are there only artists impressions in the consultation, and not full plans?
The Council won’t, as yet, be in a position to produce to scale drawings at this stage. This is a pre pre-planning consultation and its purpose is to ascertain feedback that can be reflected in more detailed plans. Some technical surveys are still to be undertaken and completed and which will/may also influence detailed designs and drawings with dimensions.
Taken unabridged from http://www.richmond.gov.uk/gloriana#feasibility_study