Have your say on changes to Ham school field

9th November 2017

As part of the plans for the regeneration of Ham Close, Richmond Council are consulting with RHP customers and other local residents on proposals to change the boundary of a local school field.

Over the past few years, RHP and Richmond Council have been working up plans to redevelop the Ham Close Estate. Last year residents had their say on indicative designs. These include replacing the current 192 homes for the existing residents, as well as creating new properties including new affordable homes for both rent and shared ownership. 

As part of the design work, it’s proposed to utilise a small section of a Council-owned playing field that adjoins the Ham Close site. This field is currently used by St. Richard’s Church of England Primary School. Including this sliver of land would enable the development to happen over a phased period, minimising the number of moves for existing residents, and where possible to move once.

St. Richard’s CE Primary School currently has c.15,500m² of school playing field. This is well above the minimum space required by the Department of Education (10,000m²). The boundary change would involve a reduction of this space by 4%, just 687m². 

To mitigate the loss of land the Council is proposing to provide a multi-use games area on the school site to provide benefit to the school and wider community all year round.

RHP’s Development Project Director, Adam Tucker says:

“When redevelopment starts, our aim is to minimise any disruption to our customers’ lives as much as we can. This small boundary change will mean we can build new homes on vacant land which enables us to offer a ‘one move’ transition between a resident’s current and new home. We’re committed to listening to the views of our customers and the local community at every stage of this project and welcome any feedback on this latest proposal”

The Council is now consulting with the school, families and the local community on the boundary change proposals.

If you’re a Ham Close customer you can find out more and have your say here.

The consultation is running between 9 November – 21 December.

Residents will have another opportunity to feedback on the wider proposed development and its design in 2018.

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