Release Date: 04 May 2017
A new, independent, Community Liaison Officer has been appointed to act as a go-between for the community, Council and Twickenham Train Station developers.
In December 2011, Richmond Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for a proposal by Solum, an external developer, to improve the station.
As part of the original approval, members required the recruitment of a Community Liaison Officer, at the developer's expense. This was to ensure that any construction work caused by the development would result in minimal disruption to those who live in the nearby roads.
Following a number of delays to the start of the development, including a failed legal challenge and the borough playing host to the Rugby World Cup, work is now about to commence in early June.
A new Community Liaison Officer – Rowan Cole from Soundings, has now been recruited to the role, to ensure that residents are engaged and informed about the works. Rowan is a community engagement specialist, who has developed and led stakeholder programmes for a range of challenging projects across London, including in the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and in Richmond upon Thames.
Tim Cronin, Assistant Director for Planning at Richmond Council, said:
“The Planning Committee agreed in their original decision that a Community Liaison Officer should be recruited to act as a go-between with the Council, local residents and the developers.
“Following a competitive process, we believe that Rowan from Soundings is well placed to mitigate and reassure residents, should there be any issues during the development.
“One of his main roles will be making sure that residents around the station are informed and aware of the development timeline. He will also be chairing a Stakeholder Group, made up of representatives from each local community group, the Council and the developers.”
Solum is a partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property that was established to bring private investment into the rail network by generating funds from the development of under-used railway land. It has completed projects at Christchurch, Epsom, Haywards Heath and Walthamstow.
The agreed development had been scaled down from a previous proposal which would have included over 160 additional homes and have been up to nine stories high. The development includes key improvements to the station, incorporating a new modern entrance and ticket hall, lifts to all platforms and improved public transport interchange facilities. There will also be a café, shops, a riverside walk and a new public plaza with a development of flats above the scheme.
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Updated: 31 May 2017