A long running planning abuse case where a redundant telephone repeater station, with limited access, was turned into an illegal dwelling has ended with a win for long troubled residents and Hounslow’s planning enforcement.
Former telephone repeater station behind Spencer Road, illegally converted into a dwelling
The council served notice on the building owner mid October 2013 to stop the use of the building as a self contained residential unit; remove all kitchen and bathroom facilities, and installed gas piping and connections; remove all resultant debris (see report to Planning Enforcement Sub-Committee of 3.10.2013 here). Continue reading
At the end of a month where a public meeting at St Marys Church Hall saw over 60 residents attend, a petition with 91 signatures and 32 letters objecting, the remaining planning application to dilute Dudley House’s status as a nursing home was, last week, withdrawn.
Dudley House, The Grove: after a month of exercising neighbours, both planning applications now binned
On the eve of Hounslow Council planners refusing the removal of a condition allowing Dudley House to only operate as a nursing home, Pearl Resources Limited’s agent advised the authority that they would, “withdraw the application and submit a Certificate for Lawful Use to confirm the use of the property as any type of care home”.
The ambition and future application to use Dudley House as any type of care home may raise new issues and planners have been asked that should one be submitted, residents and councilors are advised and allowed to comment prior to any decision made.
On the way back from a meeting of the Mortlake Crematorium Board during the spring, safe on the north bank, it was disappointing to see the removal of the county coat of arms from near the borough boundary (with Kew, Surrey) at Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, Middlesex.
New sign at the borough and county boundary by Kew Bridge (picture courtesy of Hounslow Highways)
A few enquiries did not yield any sensible or credible reason to this son of the county but am pleased to present a new one, just installed by Hounslow Highways. Many thanks to all involved.
Earlier this week, housing charity Centrepoint withdrew their planning application for the removal of a condition allowing Dudley House to only operate as a nursing home.
Dudley House extract from LBH Planning Pending Decisions List
Planning officers have, today, placed the remaining application (ref 00523/C/12), made by Pearl Resources Limited, on the council’s weekly Pending Decisions List with a view to refusing planning permission in due course. The full list: Pending Decisions List 2015: Week 33 14th- 21st August 2015– Isleworth & Brentford can be seen here, Dudley House is referred to on page 2, item 3. Continue reading
Following a reassessment of its proposal to seek the removal of the planning condition that Dudley House should only operate as a nursing home, Centrepoint advised this morning that it has withdrawn its planning application.
Dudley House,The Grove from Rightmove website
The meeting planned for Tuesday 18 August 2015 will now not take place (see earlier item here )
At the time of writing, the parallel planning application (although not as detailed as Centrepoint’s) submitted by Pearl Resources Limited remains live and comments on this would still be welcomed by Hounslow Council’s planners. Continue reading