PLANNING ISSUES  

Under current Permitted Development Rights planning consent is not necessary to convert office and light industrial premises to accommodation.  This scheme is felt to be adversely affecting business employment opportunities in parts of the Borough.  Over ruling it, through imposing what is called an Article 4, was agreed by the Council in November 2015 but because of a procedural error this process has had to be re-started.  It will not now come into force until late 2017.

Among recent applications considered and/or commented on by TIS:-

Ashby House, Swan Street - prior notification for change of use from office to 5 residential units.

Nomadic House, 71 St John’s Road – prior notification of change of use from office to 25 residential units.

Rear of 174-178 Twickenham Road – revised application for 29 units of retirement living apartments with communal facilities and landscaping. Refused by LBofH as there was insufficient provision for affordable housing or equivalent financial contribution.

Chestnut Grove Post Office, 262 Twickenham Road – change of use from Post Office to self-contained studio flat.  Refused by LBofH as provided sub-standard accommodation, no amenity space and relied on single aspect on busy road.

262A Twickenham Road – change of use of upper floors from training centre to 2 bed flat. Refused by LBofH as providing sub-standard accommodation with no amenity space; no evidence there would be no on-going demand for lost training facilities.

Land between 57-59 Mogden Lane - erection of 2 storey building comprising four flats with associated parking.  Refused by LBofH as of excessive scale and poor design out of keeping with the area and would harm neighbours’ living conditions.

308 Twickenham Road - erection of shed in front garden.  Refused by LBofH as size, scale and external appearance harmful to the street scene.  An appeal has been lodged.

23 St John’s Road – change of use from retail to Estate Agent.  Approved by LBofH.

Coomb House, 7 St John’s Road – amended application for conversion of office to 89 bed hotel with extensions to front and rear and part extensions on three floors.  To be determined by Planning Committee 12th January, when officers recommend approval.

Conquest Club, Syon Lane – re-location of Grasshopper Rugby Club from MacFarlane Lane, comprising clubhouse, workshop, 3 floodlit rugby pitches and 3 netball pitches as part of a “land swap” to enable construction of a new Bolder Academy on the existing sports ground (Metropolitan Open Land). Opening of the school deferred to September 2018 because the permanent site is not yet agreed.

Hilton Hotel, Syon Park – extension to west end of block and roof on existing internal courtyard.  Refused by LBofH as an inappropriate and harmful development on Metropolitan Open Land, excessive scale/inappropriate design harmful to appearance of the building.

National Trust, Osterley Park – creation of multi-use trails, upgrading and re-surfacing of existing tracks/paths and construction of new cycle trail/skills area.   For determination by Planning Committee 

ENFORCEMENT

Former Nazareth (now Isleworth) House estate, Richmond Road -  St James’s and Beechcroft, have not respected either the listed building status of the main entry point piers (now re-built), or given sufficient protection to important trees to avoid damage from moving plant and machinery.  Incorrect windows have been installed in the new build. Planning consent for the site states “no part of the development shall be occupied until the pedestrian/cycle path is in place” but occupation commenced some months ago prior to completion of the path.  LBofH actions on these issues are regarded as insufficiently robust.

Thanet House (Grade ll Listed) – no progress by LBofH on action to obtain compliance with the Inspector’s ruling in 2012 to reinstate previous style windows/door following unauthorised works.