THE planning application for the first stage of the redevelopment of Twickenham Railway Station has been submitted to Richmond Council.

The application, if approved, will see the existing footbridges being replaced by a new bridge, linking the platforms and the station building. This is the first stage of the proposed Twickenham station redevelopment to be submitted by developers Solum Regeneration.

The firm have put together plans to improve the station by building a shopping plaza and a tower block with 170 flats, by the Rugby World Cup in 2015. During public consultation, residents had raised concerns about the height and scale of the development, and the council are urging them to make their comments known about this first application.

MP for Twickenham, Vince Cable, believes that residents need to voice their opinions to the council.

Mr Cable, said: "I would urge the council to deal with this application robustly. We desperately need a modernised station, but residents' concerns must be taken into consideration."

A further application is expected to be submitted by the firm within the next three months.

To comment on the application, visit the council's website at using the reference number 10/1972. Alternatively, comments can be made by writing to the Environment Directorate, Development Control – North Area, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ.