Chance to comment on 1,250-home plans on former brewery

  Posted: 15.10.20 at 13:46 by Sam Petherick and Sian Bayley, Local Democracy Reporter

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Residents have until the end of the month to comment on the future of the Stag Brewery, one of Richmond borough’s biggest and longest running planning proposals.

The three-part plans from developer Reselton involve building up to 1,250 homes, a cinema, shops, offices and a secondary school on the site in Mortlake.

Richmond Council approved two parts of the plans earlier this year but refused an application for a reconfiguration of Chalker’s Corner traffic junction.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan then called in the applications. This led to Reselton pledging to increase the proportion of affordable homes from 17% to 30%.

Mr Khan is holding a “re-consultation” this month and you can give your views on the proposals.


Read all about the site's rich history

The Stag Brewery is one of Britain’s oldest breweries. It first opened in 1487 as part of a monastery.

It wasn’t until the 18th century, with the advent of steam-driven machinery, that it became a commercial business and extended northwards towards the river, where it could transport its goods.

In the 19th century it brewed beer to be delivered to British troops in India and the Crimea, before it was bought by James Watney and Co in 1889.

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Watney built the famous Maltings building in 1903, and went on to produce Red Barrel, a famous beer from the 1960s and 70s, with the site renamed the Stag Brewery.

Stag Brewery river view. Photo: Squire & Partners

In 1995 Anheuser-Busch InBev began operating on the site, most famously brewing Budweiser. Then in 2009 the company announced its intention to leave the site, before vacating it in 2015.

The following year, a consultation on the future of the site got underway.

The plans have undergone a series of amendments and may see more before anything is built.

What do the plans include?

Most of the old buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for the new plans.

Artistic impression of the proposal. Photo: Squire & Partners

Under the proposals the Mortlake Brewery site will be mixed use, with housing, shops, a cinema and even a large school.

The plans approved by Richmond Council involve 633 homes on site, of which a maximum of 138 will be affordable. Reselton has since increased these.

For film lovers there will be a standalone cinema building at the entrance to the site, while sportier types will be able to use the new boathouse and gym.

There are also plans for a 16-room hotel on the former bottling plant on the corner of Mortlake High Street and Lower Richmond Road. On the ground floor there will be also be a restaurant and bar.

There will be a secondary school and sixth form for up to 1,200 pupils to the south of the site, with an attached 3G pitch that will also be used by the local community and sports organisations.

The plans for the site on the Thames have been years in the pipeline

Changes to the proposals

The council-approved plans included a ‘care village’ for the borough’s ageing population, incorporating a nursing and care home with up to 80 en-suite rooms with associated communal facilities, and up to 150 units for either assisted living or residential use.

The care village and nursing home have since been shelved in favour of more homes.

A spokesperson for Dartmouth Capital Advisors, the development managers for Reselton, said: “While there has been an increase in the number of affordable homes to meet the GLA’s requirements a significant number of these units are smaller being aimed at younger or older buyers and have been partly absorbed into the previously proposed care village and nursing home that have been dispensed with.

“Because of this we have been able to significantly cut back the number of car parking spaces.”

York House where Richmond Council meets

The increase in the number of homes across the scheme has also led to an increase in height of some buildings. Access to the riverside will be maintained.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, vice-chair of the council’s environment and sustainability committee said: “In broad terms the main change to the scheme is to provide more and a greater proportion of affordable housing by increasing the number of units and the height.

“We will be listening to the views of the public on this trade-off before finalising the council’s position”.

How to comment

A consultation is running until Saturday, October 31 and no decision will be made until then.

Protesters outside a previous planning meeting on Stag Brewery development

Send your comments by this date by emailing [email protected]

Any representations previously made on this application to either Richmond Council or the Greater London Authority will still be taken into account.

When will application will be decided

A date has not yet been set for the hearing.

Anyone who has written to the council or mayor will be notified at least 21 days in advance of the hearing.

There is a provision date of November 26 at 1.30pm for a virtual representation hearing for the Stag Brewery development.

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