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Syon Lane developments proposals to be heard at a Public Inquiry

Nicholas Grimshaw’s 1987 Homebase Building, Syon Lane, Isleworth


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

TL 24.11.2021

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Filed under Brentford, Great West Road, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Planning

Osterley Park Hotel – Licence Variation Application

Osterley Park Hotel, 764 Great West Road


Numerous neighbour representations regarding impacts of post lockdown goings on at the Osterley Park Hotel and its Terminal Six bar (bad parking, fireworks, noisy departures) placed this venue back on the council and police radar.

Osterley Park Hotel: 5 squad cars and ambulance at Wood Lane. Photo by KA via NextDoor

Despite approaches led by Osterley and Spring Grove Ward Councillor Unsa Chaudri, proper action, prompting this variation application, only really ramped up after Police were called following alleged serious wounding of two victims (with one potentially life changing injury) related to an event at the hotel Terminal 6 Bar, early morning on Sunday 3 October 2021.

Neighbours of the site have received invitations to a meeting to learn more about this application, how to make representations and to raise other matters.  The meeting will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at Nishkam School, 152 Syon Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5PN to be chaired by Councillor Unsa Chaudri.  Residents would be welcome.

For information and use for making representations, the following can be found by clicking,

The deadline for representations to the Licensing Team is Friday 3 December 2021.

An item on an earlier licensing application from this website, published on 7 January 2018, can be accessed here.

Osterley Park Hotel: Unauthorised concreted over garden, August 2021

Other, as some have remarked, jungli activities, (unauthorised car washing, concreting green space for car sales, forming a vehicle access to Syon Park Gardens, waste container storage) continue to be raised by residents and, on whose behalf, councillors have passed to the council’s Planning Enforcement Team for processing and resolution.

Osterley Park Hotel: Badly managed waste storage

The London Borough of Hounslow Environmental Enforcement Team has issued the hotel operator a Community Protection Notice prohibiting the letting off of fireworks.  A Fixed Penalty Notice of £120 for not controlling its waste storage was given on 11.11.2021 and a warning that next time there would be a fine of £400 plus further prosecution under section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


TL  13.11.2021

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Filed under Council Business, Events, Licensing, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Planning, RAs, TfL, Traffic

Hounslow Highways Deep Cleanse schedule

Temporary No Parking notices being posted across Osterley and Spring Grove Ward of late

Following weeks of numerous enquiries as to when the streets of Osterley and Spring Grove Ward would be liberated from weeds, Hounslow Highways sent me this list.

On checking the schedule, it was noted that a fair amount of roads and footpaths in the borough’s largest Ward were omitted so I shared this sheet with the missing third of locations and still await an update, hoping for the best.

About to take the Loukimousine to the football yesterday, I spotted a parking ticket under one of the wipers placed on the day the first side of the road got swept.

Yes, it has been paid; no councillor privilege expected nor sought.  Rinsed as well as cleansed.

Would that the council’s parking contractor was as enthusiastic in enforcing the CPZs off the London Road School Streets Scheme during term time mornings and afternoons.

For deep cleansing information in Wards elsewhere in the borough, visit the Hounslow Highways website.

TL  31.10.2021


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Filed under Neighbourhoods, Parking, Roads, Traffic

Offenders and St Mary’s Tennis Club: the Community Payback Scheme

Local, low level, offenders have been carrying out unpaid work to tidy up some space in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward as part of the Community Payback Scheme.

Located at St Mary’s Tennis Club since Autumn 2020, they cleared rubbish on the nearby sports ground, trimmed overgrown bushes, painted boundary walls, the inside and outside of the pavilion, mown grass, undertaken planting and have currently been sweeping recent leaf fall.

Cut lawn, planting and tidying at St Mary’s Tennis Club, Musgrave Road

Not confined to within the boundary of St Mary’s, the participants, with equipment and bag supplies from Hounslow Highways, also litter pick locally.  They have, this October, done a smashing job weeding the rather special crazy paved edge of the Musgrave Road footway between Wood Lane and College Road receiving compliments from neighbours.

At St Mary’s, offenders are supervised (by Trish of the London Community Rehabilitation Company) and must wear orange high-vis jackets, allowing them to be easily identified by the public; recognisable as doing work to improve local communities.

The Community Payback Scheme is a nationwide programme run by the National Probation Service and sentences of between 40 – 300 hours can be issued to individuals by courts, depending on the severity of their crime and previous offences.

When an offender starts on a project, they are also offered online education, training and employment courses if there is a need and these contribute towards their unpaid work hours by up to 30%.

In general, and it’s nothing new, this initiative has offered visible improvements to local areas, helps to reduce fear of crime, and also equips offenders with essential life skills which aim to prevent them reoffending.

Meeting with council officers and the London Community Rehabilitation Company, December 2020

Following my encounter with the offenders and Trish at Musgrave Road, last year, I arranged, as Mayor, a meeting between the service and senior officers of the London Borough of Hounslow with a view of offering more opportunities in similar settings and understand that a partnership is developing.

Also working at Gunnersbury Park, St Richards School, Hounslow Youth Centre and Hounslow Allotments and at various charity shops, Oxfam, Cancer Research and Sue Ryder; Community Payback completed 1132 hours of unpaid work within projects on the borough during the month of November 2020.

I have visited a couple of times since and remain impressed with the contribution to improving the Ward environment.

TL  30.10.2021

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Filed under Hounslow Highways, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Sports, Spring Grove

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