. . With Hammertons Ferry, London Borough Of Richmond
Upon Thames and The Gloriana Team, and Beckett Rankine
Meeting with LBRuT
5.1 XXX presented a draft report to Lord True, Leader of Richmond
Council, on 4th June with an explanation of why the report concludes that
Orleans Gardens is the best location for the development of a bargehouse.
Meeting with Hammertons Ferry to discuss to discuss A meeting was held on site between YYY of LBRuT and ZZZ of Hammertons Ferry
and on 27 June to discuss to discuss to discuss 3 Orleans Gardens within the context of the current
operation of Hammertons Ferry. A note of this meeting is attached as Appendix 6.
5.2 The owners of Hammertons Ferry indicated their agreement in principle to
shortening the existing pontoon mooring to enable access to the proposed
bargehouse at Orleans Gardens. This would be subject to detailed design
and making the appropriate agreements concerning the re-arrangement of
existing pontoon mooring.
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Meeting between LBRuT and the Gloriana team
5.4 On 8th July Lord True showed Lord Sterling the Orleans Gardens site in the
context of other regeneration proposals on the Twickenham waterfront.
These included the proposed children’s play area at Champions Wharf.
5.5 Lord Sterling indicated that the site could prove suitable to provide a
permanent home for the Gloriana provided it is possible to design the
bargehouse in such a way that it can be accessed when the river level is at
the half tide, retained level so that it is not necessary to wait until high tide to
berth the vessel. advised that it would be necessary to seek
advice from a marine consulting engineer on this matter and then report back.
Lord Sterling indicated the urgency of this matter and asked for a response by
Friday 12th July.
Meeting with AAA of Beckett Rankine
5.6 A meeting was held between a director of Beckett Rankine,
Marine Consulting Engineers, BBB of LBRuT and CCC at
Orleans Gardens on 10th July 2013. CCC outlined the engineering
advice sought from Beckett Rankine as to the feasibility of securing access by
water to the proposed bargehouse when the river level is at the half-tide,
retained level. indicated that, in his opinion, it would be
possible to obtain access when the river is at the retained level but this would
be subject to the resolution of a number of technical issues as described in
the note that supplied by e-mail on 11th June. This is
attached as Appendix 8. The advice from was sent to
LBRuT on 11th June so that it could be shared with the Gloriana team.
Consultation with the Environment Agency
5.7 Following the meeting on site on 8th July consulted the
Environment Agency on the draft proposals for Orleans Gardens that included
the requirement expressed by the Gloriana team for access to the proposed
bargehouse at all states of the tide.
5.8 of the Environment Agency replied on 7th August and was
supportive of the proposals, “We welcome proposals which “make space for
water” and restore more natural environmental processes which can deliver
multiple environmental, social and economic benefits”. The full text of his
letter is attached as Appendix 9.
5.9 The letter highlighted a number of issues that will need to be addressed in the
development of the proposals to meet the requirements of the Environment
Agency. These relate to:
• Flood risk management
• Flood defences and climate change
• Biodiversity and fisheries
5.10 The Environment Agency advises that a bargehouse is considered to be a
form of development that is compatible with a location in Flood Zone 3B. The
café element of the proposal is classed as unsuitable development at this
location but the Environment Agency would have no objection to the
replacement of the footprint of the existing café on a like for like basis as this
would not be increasing / introducing new risk into the functional flood plain.
5.11 The one element of the draft proposals that is of concern to the Environment
Agency is the flood risk presented by reopening the subway connection to the
grounds of Orleans House Gallery, as set out in the following comment:
It is essential the level of flood defence protection is maintained for this area
of high risk and regular flooding at high tides. We have concerns on the
potential negative impacts of reinstating the subway from Orleans House
Gallery to the barge house. We recommend that an alternative form of access
is considered or we agree ways to maintain flood defences.”
5.12 The Environment Agency has offered to review proposals as they are
developed, prior to submission, to assist in the design process.
5.13 The constraints and opportunities that we have identified in this study
indicate, in our view, the only option that meets the full feasibility study
objectives is Option 3 Orleans Gardens.