THREAT OF MASS DISRUPTION TO FULHAM ROAD TRAFFIC for 20 MONTHS for the proposed re-development of 132b Fulham Road, a single private dwelling. 1,187 TIPPERS/CEMENT MIXERS (HGV) AND 906 VANS (LGV) to be parked ON FULHAM ROAD - (These are the figures quoted by the developer via CTMP to RBKC)

 

20 MONTHS DISRUPTION * LORRIES PARKED FOR 3.4 HOURS AVERAGE PER DAY ON FULHAM ROAD * DIRECTLY OPPOSITE BUS STOP- BUSES EVERY 2-3 MINUTES* ON A YELLOW LINE * 3 LARGE HOSPITALS WITHIN 0.5 MILE INCL. CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER A&E*

 

Liaison with neighbours is also vital when developing a Draft CTMP in order to address potential traffic and access issues at an early stage” Caneparo.  HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO CONSULTATION WITH NEIGHBOURS.

 

This application for demolition is to enable excavation of a large basement and a replacement single dwelling. The present building has origins from 19th Century, and was extensively rebuilt in keeping with the local Conservation Area during 1986.

 

To view the full planning application click here

 

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Existing building                                            Above proposed modern replacement

 

The proposed re-development estimated to last  20 months due to impracticalities with the project:

 

  1. Site access is extremely restricted- just a single pedestrian doorway set in the site’s 9ft Victorian perimeter wall.

 

  1. The basement excavation will tunnel extremely close to the foundations of the neighbouring properties- a Georgian Grade 2 Listed and 6 Storey Victorian Mansion within a Conservation Area- building procedures are complex and time consuming

 

       c)   The site directly fronts Fulham Road at an especially busy and inconvenient location:

  • On a yellow line
  • Directly opposite the southbound double bus stop serving four busy routes
  • 28 meters from the Neville Terrace, Selwood Terrace, Chelsea Cross and Queens Elm Parade busy 4 way traffic lights
  • Junction of Elm Place and northbound double bus stop between the site and traffic light junction
  • Chelsea Fire Station- 0.45 miles away
  • On the main access route to four HOSPITALS - Chelsea and Westminster 0.4 miles away- Royal Brompton  0.2 miles away- Royal Marsden 0.3 miles away

 

For the duration of the 20 month construction, the Caneparo Associates Traffic Management Plan submitted to RBKC estimates vehicles ranging from mid to large vans (LGV), cement mixer lorries, to 8 wheel tipper lorries (HGV) will be parked adjacent to the site for a combined total of 1,279 HOURS for the 20 month building programme, equating to an average of 17.5 HOURS PER WEEK or 3.4 HOURS PER DAY between 9’30 AM and 4’30 PM for the 20 month duration of this project. The larger HGV (2.500m width)  will account for approximately 60% of total hours and deliveries.  Total- 1,963  (lorries, cement mixers,8 wheel tippers, mid- large vans) due to park on Fulham Road.

 

 The SWEPT PATH ANALYSIS submitted for the application (attached) plots the viability of traffic flow while a tipper or concrete mixer is parked outside the site while one bus is parked opposite, and this indicates the obvious delays which are likely to occur from the tightness of useable road space:

 

                                                                                 

The swept path analysis accounts for two cars (1.87m) passing, but does not appear to consider-

 

  1. Bus and concrete mixer or tipper will not always be parked parallel and tightly to the kerb
  2. Being a double length stop, two buses may be present
  3. Drivers will seek a wider and safer overtaking position requiring opposite traffic to be stationary
  4. The definition of a ‘large car’ at 1.873m is an outdated 2006 statistic, and does not include wing mirrors. A modern Honda Civic is 2.07m wide (including mirrors).
  5. It does not account for other vehicles such as vans, other buses, lorries, ambulances etc..

 

Further to points 4 and 5, more than 50% of motor vehicles are likely to exceed the quoted width, some significantly more and this is qualified as follows:

 

 

AS EXAMPLES : Honda Accord- 1.86m, Mercedes A Class- 1.82m, Audi A7- 1.91 m, Ford Mondeo- 1.85m, Porsche Cayenne- 1.94, Mercedes Benz GLC- 1.89m, Range Rover Evoque- 1.90m, Aston Martin Vantage- 1.94.  All exclude wing mirrors which adds approximately 46 cm to combined road side widths.

 

WIDTHS OF OTHER VEHICLES NOT ACCOUNTED FOR: Dennis fire engine- 2.55m, Mercedes Benz Sprinter (dual staffed ambulance)-2.38m, Ford Transit van- 2,1.m, Citroen Dispatch- 1.89m, 18 tonne rigid curtain-sider lorry- 2.55m. All exclude wing mirrors which adds approximately 46 cm to combined road side widths

 

      Kerb to kerb road width outside 132b Fulham Road is 11.02m

      Distance between bus stop parking bay and opposite kerb is 8.40m

 

Caneparo’s quoted widths for typical bus at 2.550m and 8 wheel tipper at 2.500m is agreed.

 

Therefore a parked Tipper and Bus opposite combined with:

 

Porsche Cayenne and Ford Mondeo total 9.761m leaves 1m.26cm total road space- ie: 42cm each side for both vehicles to pass

Mercedes A Class and Ford Transit total 9.902m leaves 1m,12cm total road space- ie: 37cm each side for both vehicles to pass

Honda Accord and Ambulance total 10.210m leaves 81cm total road space-ie: 27cm each side for both vehicles to pass

Dennis fire engine and Range Rover Evoque total 10.420m leaves 60cm total road space - ie: 20cm each side for both vehicles to pass

Opposite travelling bus and Ford Transit total 10.632m leaves 39cm total road space - ie:13cm each side for both vehicles to pass

 

CONCLUSION

 

The above vehicle combinations which typify more than 50% of likely traffic passing along Fulham Road between 09:30 and 16:30 during weekdays  will require tight, slow manoeuvring by negotiation if approaching in the opposite directions when the combination of a bus and HGV are parked outside 132b Fulham Road. This combination will occur for periods ranging from 1 hour 40 minutes per day to 4 hours 40 per day (averaging 3.4 hours) over a 20 month period considering buses attend the stop around every two minutes (busy periods) for approximately 30 seconds per visit. Disruption to the flow of traffic will suffer a cumulative effect often resulting in standstill. This will inevitably reduce the flexibility for drivers to pull aside assisting progress of emergency vehicles to and from the hospitals and fire station which is a regular occurrence with nearby facilities.

 

Whist being supportive of enterprise, an incalculably high loss of time in frustrating traffic will inevitably be suffered and risk to the progress of emergency vehicles for over 3 hours per working day for 20 months would seem impractical for the demolition and replacement of one residence. The time frame for construction is similar to building London’s first skyscraper in 1929.

 

Within the CTMP it is quoted:: “The construction works will be carried out to ensure that traffic and construction activity do not cause unacceptable harm to pedestrians, cyclists or other road users. In addition, construction activity will be undertaken in a manner to minimise inconvenience to local neighbours”

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To comment or object, please email:  fulhamroadtraffic@gmail.com 

 

 

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Above- Two vehicles 2.5m wide which will           14th Feb 2018 around 11:15. Seven out of ten

occur for 3.5 hours per day for 20 months             vehicles EXCEED the 1.872m quoted as a

plus van. Clearly a vehicle coming the other         “large car” in Caneparo swept path (above).

way cannot proceed.

 

UPDATE- On 6th March 2018, Planning Permission was refused by RBKC on the basis of the proposal’s external design, but the possibility remains of appeal or submission of a similarly complex alternative proposal.

 

The views of residents, local businesses and visitors to London are welcome, and will be collated as feedback to RBKC. 

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