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*** NEWS FLASH ALLOTMENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS REFUSED ***

Civic Voice promotes its June Civic Day by proclaiming “Be Proud of Where You Live” and “Conservation Counts”.  TIS’s celebration was slightly different from that of other affiliated groups.  Through its herculean efforts, support of local residents and the Garden Trust it was able to demonstrate to Councillors’ satisfaction that the Northumberland Estate’s applications to build housing on Park Road Allotment Gardens and re-locate these to within Syon’s Capability Brown landscape was not acceptable.  Both applications were refused.

To recap, Park Road Allotments were created to provide sustenance for returning veterans from the lst World War.  The land, almost opposite the vehicle entrance to Syon Park, was leased by Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland, to the local authority.  In 2015 Hounslow Council relinquished this lease and the Isleworth Society sought and achieved protection of it through Asset of Community Value status.  Appeals led to a Tribunal upholding this category, when the Judge stated “the wider community will benefit from the wildlife that will thrive in this green area and natural habitat.  The birds and insects that will live on the land will be enjoyed and benefit the wider local community beyond the gates and the fence”.  February 2016 saw a not unexpected planning application submitted by the Northumberland Estate, to build 119 flats and 8 houses which would consume all this valued open space.

Meantime discussions had taken place with allotment holders with a view to re-locating plots within Syon Park.   Several sites were put forward but the least preferred, viewed by existing allotment holders as inferior to that in Park Road, became the subject of a separate planning application.   The chosen location was by Lion Gates, London Road; designed by Robert Adam in the 18thC to complement the Capability Brown parkland – described by one expert as “an outstanding example of a landscape park and garden by the most important landscape gardener”.  The parkland is Metropolitan Open Land, both it, Syon House and other structures, Grade 1 listed.

TIS objected to both applications, citing contravention of various Local, National and London Plan Policies and in the case of the allotment re-location the substantial harm that would be caused to Syon’s nationally accredited landscape.

Principal reasons for the Northumberland Estate’s approval request, recommended by officers, was that both applications fell within an Enabling Development Framework. Income derived from rental of the flats and houses would over time facilitate much needed repairs to Syon House, Lion Gates and Lodges.   Residents contended this was not proven based on financial submissions which failed to include sales of items from Syon, and incomplete obligations in relation to a previous agreement related to permission to build the hotel.  Other reasons included no dwellings according with London Plan definitions of affordable homes, and heightened flood risk.

The decision on locating allotments at Syon came first.  It was a cliff hanger, 5 votes in favour of rejection, then, with a sigh of relief and euphoria from residents, the remaining 7 Councillors abstained. Arguments that harming a Grade 1 listed landscape to repair Grade 1 structures would materially outweigh benefits accruing had won the day.  A motion to refuse build on existing allotments was agreed unanimously.  It was seen as unsuited to dense mass housing, with its attendant adverse effect on traffic, air pollution, and loss of an open space Asset of Community Value.  The big question remains in the air, will the Northumberland Estate appeal these decisions?

 

The Isleworth Society exists to promote the preservation and conservation of one of the oldest Thames riverside communities to be found in London. With its unique blend of history, buildings and community we believe Isleworth is worth treasuring and preserving for future generations.

With 300+ members we are an active voice in the community working with London Borough of Hounslow, developers and local people to do our best to ensure that the development of the area is sympathetic with its history. 

We value your opinion and ideas so either contact us via the Contact Us Page or if you have a point of view or an Isleworth memory share it with us and other site visitors via the Guest Book Page.

 





What does TIS do?
  • Work of the Committee

    The TIS Committee meets every six weeks to discuss matters of general interest and any changes/or improvements that might have been proposed in the area, with a view to protecting and enhancing Isleworth.

    The Planning Sub-Committee monitors planning application and takes action where necessary, by representations to the local council and/or developers, and attending relevant meetings and enquiries.

    Newsletters are distributed 2/3 times  a year to all members. These contain items of local interest, reports of events, achievements and forthcoming activities.


  • Community Projects

    Over the years community projects have been many and varied, including:-

    - Led restoration of 19thC Glossop Memorial, jointly funded by Heritage of London Trust, Hounslow’s Street Improvement project and from The Society’s own resources
    - Taking a lead in the listing of Isleworth Public Hall. This building has played a pivotal part in community life since it was built in 1863 with public funds
    - Regular planting of Isleworth's two horse troughs
    - Painting the railings outside All Saints Church
    - Litter picking days and graffiti clean ups
    - Planting trees on Isleworth Green and by the Glossop Memorial
    - Obtaining a grant to replace the children's play area fencing in Silverhall Park


By the River
The riverscape looking towards the All Saints Church at Old Isleworth