Brunel Chapel - Planning Application

29/06/2020

Planning application RU.20/0728 – proposed demolition of The Chapel, Former Brunel University Campus, Coopers Hill Lane

Please consider sending a letter of representation to RBC Planning (Case Officer – Louise Waters) to seek to prevent the demolition of The Chapel, constructed in the late 19 th Century as part of the Royal Indian Engineering College, to allow construction of a 4 storey detached building (including accommodation in the roof) to provide 9 residential dwellings and associated parking landscaping.

If approved by the RBC Planning Committee, this would see the destruction of yet more Heritage in our village. The Case Officer’s report concerning the original application made in 2011, RU.11/0207 Section 6.114 states ‘The proposals also involve the retention and conversion of the Chapel on the site (which dates back to the late 1800’s). Whilst this is not listed, it is of historic and architectural interest in the context of the site. It has been badly converted internally, and again, its sensitive renovation and conversion to two dwellings is a beneficial and positive aspect of the proposals. The retention of mature trees on its eastern side, and positioning of new buildings around it allow it to maintain a reasonable setting and visual links with the President’s Hall complex.’

Surely there must be some way of retaining The Chapel for the landscaping and potential amenity it offers to owners/tenants of accommodation within the development site.

As usual, you can use the ‘comments’ link on the RBC Planning site for plan reference: RU.20/0728 or email to planning@runnymede.gov.uk and remember to provide your name and full address (which is redacted before posting of letters of representation is made on the RBC Planning site) to ensure your comments are registered. The official cut-off date for receipt of comments is Tuesday 21st July.

The EGVRA Team


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