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Help shape exciting plans for Elleray Hall

Release Date: 24 February 2021

Local residents and users of Elleray Hall are invited to have their say on the latest plans for a new community centre in Teddington, following agreement from the Council to invest in its future.

The Finance, Policy and Resources Committee last week gave the green light for the necessary funds in order to deliver a new fit for purpose centre on the North Lane East Car Park site and 100% affordable housing on the existing site.

Elleray Hall in Teddington is a popular daytime social centre for residents across the borough. The current building has reached the end of its useful life and is too costly to maintain. In addition, the Council is proposing to work with a social housing provider to build a small 100% affordable housing development on the current Elleray Hall site once the new building is up and running.

The Council is keen to update residents on the latest plans and hear their ideas for the future community centre building and the affordable housing, before a planning application is submitted in the summer. Information and a questionnaire will be published on the Council website from 4pm on 10 March 2021. In addition, two online community conversations will be held, where the architect will present the designs to members of the public followed by a Q&A.

Additional engagement activity will be held for the current users of Elleray Hall and anyone who is not able to access the proposals online can request hard copies by emailing Ellerayreprovision@richmond.gov.uk.

Future proposals would be subject to the normal planning process and full statutory consultation. 

Cllr Michael Wilson, Vice Chair of the Finance, Policy and Resource Committee, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important it is to have opportunities to be sociable. Our new centre, which is fully supported by Elleray Hall Trustees, will be a flexible indoor and outdoor space, where people of all ages can be active, engaged and motivated. The Council has been working toward a plan for a new community centre following the unpopular proposals developed by the previous administration.  

“This fit for purpose centre and much needed affordable housing will be a benefit to the community for decades to come. I hope local people will join these virtual conversations to share in and shape these exciting proposals for our community before final plans are submitted in the summer”. 

Let us know your views by attending one of our Virtual Sessions (register on the links above). Or go online from 4pm on 10 March 2021: Elleray Hall reprovision.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P083/21

Updated: 24 March 2021