Last Updated on March 15, 2022 by Kingston Society

Plans for Hillcroft College 22/00607/FUL RHACC Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College submitted

(shown above the listed College building to be converted (back) to private residential use, and the new college block)

The formal application to build a replacement two storey college building has been submitted. It includes a partial demolition of the listed Hillcroft College, including the former stable block, in order to construct 17 residential dwellings. Additionally, elsewhere on the site the proposal is to build two further residential buildings one of the four storeys in height. In total there will be 34 new residential dwellings.

We have yet to study the proposals but are aware that many locals are concerned that many mature trees are at high risk in a conservation area and next to The Wood and Richard Jefferies bird reserve.

The multi million pound scheme is expected to deliver the following objectives through the revised scheme:

  • Increase the capacity of RHACC from 250 learners per year to over 1000 on the Hillcroft site, supporting the development centre for adult education, community and training facilities, with an emphasis on supporting disadvantaged Londoners;

  • Creation of efficient, modern, and flexible purpose-built education facilities, which would replace the existing inefficient and unattractive buildings which are no longer fit for purpose, helping to improve the social mobility, career progression, achievement/attainment rates and wellbeing of learners, many of whom are from disadvantaged groups; and

  • The existing Grade II listed Hillcroft House would be sold as a part of the redevelopment to help part-fund the scheme with revenue of the sale and will accommodate a new residential estate.

The scheme has already received broad support from the GLA whose report on the scheme is here. We combined the PDFs of the 11 separate design and Access statements into one (Rather large) document here

We have yet to review this application but note there is already considerable misgivings from some members regarding the risk to bio-diversity and trees.

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