We have now submitted our joint planning application with Quantum to LBRuT for the former ICL Private Ground.
Since February 2017, we have been working with Quantum and the local community to bring some amazing new publicly owned facilities to Teddington.
We asked hundreds of local residents, clubs, groups and associations what they would like to see on the 9.5 acres of land to be gifted to the community by Quantum. The feedback was really positive, and helped to shape our final plans.
Our proposals include a new pavilion with meeting rooms, a MUGA, 2 sports pitches, a public park, café, crèche, outdoor gym and fitness trail – all available for the public to use for generations to come.
We hope that many people will benefit from all of these facilities, as well as the extra care accommodation and GP surgery that are also part of the joint planning application.
A planning decision will be made by LBRuT later this year.
The Friends of Udney Park Playing Fields (FUPPF) Newsletter 25 - 8th Sept 2017
The recent newsletter circulated by the Friends of Udney Park Playing Fields contained some information that is out of date regarding our plans for the future of the former ICL Private Ground on Udney Park Road. It refers to material that was issued over 2 years ago, before we purchased the site. Since then our plans have evolved considerably, and are now entirely different from our initial thinking.
We would like to clarify our position regarding the future of our site.
We will provide extra care affordable retirement accommodation and a new GP surgery on 3 acres of this site. We will gift the remaining 9.5 acres to the Teddington Community Sport Ground CIC for public sports, leisure and community use.
We have been working closely with both the Park Road GP surgery and the Teddington Community Sports Ground (TCSG) CIC to meet these objectives, and remain committed to building and providing these much needed and wanted facilities to the community.
Our planning application will be submitted shortly and will include a series of legal documents that will ensure that what we say will be delivered will be. These legal documents will guarantee that should planning permission be granted and implemented, then the facilities and GP surgery will be built to the specifications proposed, and the community facilities will be gifted to the Teddington Community Sports Ground (TCSG CIC), and maintained with provisions to secure future maintenance. These documents will all be available for the public to review.
We would like to reassure everyone in the community of our continued commitment to deliver this scheme which will be clearly evidenced in our forthcoming planning application.
September 13th 2017
We are Teddington Sports Ground CIC and we own the lease on the land in Udney Park Road. We were formed in January last year.
Our Mission is to enable the provision of a fully equipped, fully staffed Community Ground for the use of our Community.
The journey to now has been an interesting one and we are at a stage in our development where we need your help to ensure the next chapter is not our last.
For those of you who have not heard of us and for those who have heard but not quite understood who we are and what we are doing, please allow us to explain.
Firstly – How we got here.
History of ground; It was Udney Farm from 1800s to the 1920s, then sold to Merchant Taylors School, who were based in Goswell Street in the City. After the School moved to Moor Park, Hertfordshire in the late 1930s, the grounds were sold to Lord Beaverbrook, (best known as proprietor of Daily Express) who later gave the grounds to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. Imperial College merged with SMH in 1988 and site became known as the Imperial College Sports Ground.
Imperial ran it as a private sports ground. Newlands House School used it, plus there was an occasional Imperial game, so it was very exclusive and the local community had no access.
Imperial opened a new sports ground in Harlington, so put their Teddington grounds up for sale in April 2015. As Space to Play, a community-led association, we bid for the land but failed.
Quantum who were the successful bidders were approached by the leaders at Space to Play and granted a lease to Teddington Athletic FC, to run the ground whilst they put their designs and plans together. Ground has been used extensively by TAFC, TRC, England Rugby, Scouts, Keep-fit, Pilates, Kingston College etc. However, TAFC couldn’t make the site work financially and relinquished the lease in May.
Some 1500 children per month have been using the site in recent months.
SECONDLY - THE IMMEADIATE FUTURE
The board of the CIC is busy with ensuring that we can help local sports clubs by:
LOOKING AFTER THE GROUND
We are continuing with plans for the maintenance of the ground, and our next steps are to reseed the sports pitches in preparation for the coming months.
Taking Bookings for Use
From the many local sports and community associations that wish to use the ground and club house.
Providing A HOME FOR THE SCOUTS
The 3rd Teddington Scouts Group have been using the clubhouse, and we are delighted that they can continue to have a place to meet in the future.
A NEW DISABLED RIDING ARENA FOR PARK LANE STABLES
We’re pleased to say that our proposals now include a riding arena for people with disabilities. This will provide a much needed facility for the Park Lane Stables, a local registered charity whose volunteers run equine therapy and specialist activities for local people. The Park Lane Stables is part of the Riding for the Disabled Associations national network and has centres in Teddington and Hampton.
Finally - What happens next?
The planning application will be sent to LBRuT, and once it is verified the proposals will be open to public consultation.
We need to show the Council that the Teddington Community are behind our plans and would want to see the land developed for the good of everyone.
We realise that this will include the building of the assisted living facilities but we get the chance to develop the majority of the land for everyone.
Please keep and eye on our website, join our Facebook page or follow us on twitter for updates.