Richmond Council’s public consultation over Quantum’s plans for Udney Park will close today amid controversy that the supporters of the plans were told before the public.
The two supporters of the plans, Teddington Athletic FC and Teddington RFC, as well as the doctor surgery allegedly directed their members to the plans before it was public knowledge.
The plans reportedly involve the group building 130 flats as well as an 80 room care home which the public fear will take over the playing fields almost completely.
Quantum have an exhibition at the War Memorial Pavilion at Udney Park between the 8th and 10th of December although there are no 3D images of the development.
Friends of Udney Park, a group opposing the plans, said that the main argument for the supporters of Quantum is that the playing fields would not be viable without Quantum’s plans however the group reportedly outbid three other local investors.
The plans, proposed by the developer have come under great scrutiny as some residents believe that the playing fields should be protected and that Quantum are exploiting the land for financial gain.
The proposals will see 34% of the park used for the care homes while the rest will remain sports pitches, the area is currently used regularly by a variety of sports teams including Teddington RFC who supported the plans.
Locals opposing the plans believe it should be kept entirely for sports use as it had belonged to the Imperial College London.
Gareth Bullock, from Friends of Udney Park, said: “Our view is that it’s like taking someone’s dinner away, giving them half of it back, and asking them to be grateful.
“It’s 13 acres of the best playing fields in the borough that has a shortage of playing fields.”
You can find the consultation here, at the bottom of the page it give you an option to ‘Give your view.’