Planning  

Park Road Allotment Gardens: while no planning application to build on this site is extant the threat still looms large.   An FOI request for minutes of last May’s meeting between Hounslow’s planning officers and Earl Percy indicate it is felt “important (the Estate) keep allotment holders informed”. This has not come about.  The notes state the Council expects “any application (for build) needs to link with the Estate’s overall master plan”; no details of this have yet been made available.  Whether a planned meeting will be possible, currently scheduled for end March, is now debateable. Attending would be the Council Leader, Allotment holder and TIS representatives and Mr. Barnes from the Northumberland Estate.  Hopefully it can be held and more light shed on future plans. Extension of plot holder leases is urgent, current leases expire in September.

 

Osterley Tesco and Homebase Sites, Syon Lane: a further exhibition was held by St Edward Homes during February outlining revised plans to bring forward re-development of these sites.  The claim is they have potential to deliver c2250 high quality homes alongside a Tesco store, community facilities and open space.  Given the enormity of the proposals, the exhibition was disappointing, failing on many counts to provide sufficient detail.  Briefly TIS’s concerns are:

·       Excessive building heights, massing and density; 17 storeys on both sites fails to respect local heritage, character of the area and is not compatible with Hounslow’s Local Plan;

·       Insufficient detail on mix of l/2/3 apartments; specifically, provision of family sized homes. 40 houses out of 1,600 units on the existing Tesco site is insupportable;

·       Too little attention to address the area’s low PTAL; no mention of improved 91 bus route, indications the Southall Rail Link/West London Orbital Line can be completed by 2025 although no finance has been approved for this; no improvement envisaged to tame traffic flow at Gillette Corner, or traffic gridlock in peak hours at Syon Lane.

 

Coach House Syon Park (Grade ll Listed): applications to enclose with glazing to create a café, fabric repairs, install new “pods” for preparation, sanitary accommodation; officers recommend refusal in light of harm to the character of the listed building and Conservation Area.  This part of the stable block building has been used latterly for storage; designed 1789-90 by James Wyatt, a prominent feature is the gothic clock tower added 1831 designed by Charles Fowler.

 

Link Road Syon Park (Grade l Listed/Metropolitan Open Land) application to implement a one-way road with associated engineering; recommended by officers for refusal as would cause harm to the listed parkland and Conservation Area, also on grounds of highway and pedestrian safety.   There were 17 submissions by the public including TIS;  6 were in support.

 

Osterley Station (Grade ll Listed) application to re-develop the station car park to provide commuter parking with two residential buildings above comprising 68 units, six storeys high.  It is understood this is likely to be refused in light of unsatisfactory affordable housing provision and harm to the heritage asset.

 

To the rear of 19 Egerton Drive: works to two Trees under Tree Preservation Orders, namely to reduce two limes by 5 metres: refused because the trees are of high value and the works considered excessive.  No justification was given by the applicant for the extent of reduction.  The proposed work would cause harm to the appearance and character of the Conservation Area.   An earlier application to reduce by three metres had also been refused.

Ashby House, Swan Street alterations to ground floor and first floor windows, erection of extensions, creation of an external terrace and extend first floor balcony to rear: Approved.

 

Units 2-4 Lawrence Parade prior approval sought to change of use of 3 ground retail units to 3 residential to units: Approved.

 

1-2 The Pavement, South Street erection of two storey rear extension to create three flats, side extension to retail unit, internal alterations, new shop front; also, materials to be used and waste and recycling arrangements:   Approved.

 

Gistelword House, North Street replacement of windows, fascia and soffit boards, gutters, downpipes and installation of fresh air ventilation to existing block: Approved

 

Lakeside Mental Health Unit, West Middlesex Hospital formation of eight new parking spaces for the unit: In Progress

 

ENFORCEMENT

Thanet House, Twickenham Road (Grade ll Listed) at the end of January, just before the eighth anniversary came around of the Council’s enforcement notice being confirmed by an Appeal Inspector, the required front door at Thanet House was installed to comply with the order.   It still remains for the fanlight above the door to be reinstated with gold lettering and various windows to be returned to their former style.   It can only be wished it won’t take as many years again for the owner to complete compliance.

 

262a Twickenham Road: non-compliance with 2018 consent to insert 2 flank windows, cycle parking and waste/recycling arrange-ments on conversion of Training Centre to 1 bed unit: Enforcement monitoring; work on flank windows appears to have commenced.

 

Café 1 Spur Road: an appeal to retain out-door seating to front for use as Shisha Lounge by reason of size and scale was refused by the Inspector.  Usage continues despite Enforcement sending warning prosecution letter, with risk of £2,000 fine.