The Right Hon Michael Gove MP has, today, responded to the letter Osterley and Spring Grove Ward Councillors sent him on 26 September 2021 regarding the proposed Syon Lane developments on the Homebase and Tesco sites.
The Secretary of State has written advising that he has decided to call in both applications. This means, that under the 1990 Planning Act powers, they shall be referred to him for decision instead of being dealt with locally.
The Secretary of State has ordered a local inquiry with arrangements for holding it to be made by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. He particularly wishes to be informed about,
- the extent to which the proposed developments are is consistent with Government policies for conserving and enhancing the area’s historic environment
- consistency with the local plan for the area
- any other matters the Inspector considers relevant.
Where permitted, Ward Councillors will contribute to the Inquiry and continue to support residents on these matters, consistent with our approach since early 2019.
For further reading:
Letter from Minister of State for Housing to Councillor Louki, 24 November 2021
Letter on behalf of the Secretary of State to Hounslow Council, 24 November 2021