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Planning application 00819/B/COM1: Telecommunication equipment at Northumberland Avenue

A planning application has been submitted on behalf of Hutchinson 3G UK Limited to erect a 20 metres (65 feet) tall telecommunications pole and associated infrastructure of four varied size cabinets otside the rear garden wall of 27 Roxborough Avenue, Isleworth.

Proposed location of telecoms pole and four cabinets at Northumberland Avenue to the rear of 27 Roxborough Avenue

Residents are invited to examine the proposal; all the application drawings can be found here.

Proposed telecoms kit at Northumberland Avenue includes a Huawei APM 5930 equipment cabinet

Directed by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, local authority powers are limited on these specific matters apart, mainly, from the visual intrusions and their impacts on the character of an area.

Pole on Great West Road opposite Ridgeway Road

Government policy, passed down to planning authorities practically encourages collaboration to support the installation of new technologies.

Following that directive, Hounslow Council’s own policy, supported within the Hounslow Local Plan 2015 to 2030 (Policy EC4, page 225), also describes its approach on infrastructure for high speed broadband and telecommunications.  This does not, however, necessarily mean that all applications of this kind are approved.

Telecommunication utility cabinets on Great West Road are a magnet for graffiti, never addressed by their operator.

Residents opposing would be advised to respond at least for those reasons rather than on health grounds which, as things stand, would not be a planning consideration in this context. Neither would citing any impacts of radio waves nor perceived present or future skulduggery of foreign governments.

Pole on Great West Road from Jersey Gardens

Some folk on social media have recently been saying there is no point in making any comments because applications like these always receive permission; not so.

Three recent applications to install new equipment at locations on Great West Road, two in this Ward, were refused planning permission because of their potential visual impact on the character of the area and these are listed below.

Summaries of these applications are shown below but more detail can be found via this link using the location postcode or P reference numbers.

P/2019/2703  Great West Road opposite Ridgeway Road  – Installation of a 20-metre monopole mast, twelve aperture antennas and equipment cabinets, following removal of the existing 14.7-metre monopole, three aperture antennas, redundant equipment cabinets and ancillary development. Refused Planning Permission 17/09/2019

P/2019/1582  Great West Road opposite Penwerris Avenue and West Court –  Prior notification regarding Installation of 17.5m high monopole with 3 no. antenna within upper section of shroud. Proposed 2 no. radio cabinets and 1 no. electrical meter cabinet to be located at ground level along with ancillary development.  Refused 12/06/2019

P/2018/3235  Great West Road corner of Vicarage Farm Road –  Installation of a 15m monopole with three antenna which includes the replacement of one existing cabinet, installation of three equipment cabinets and development ancillary thereto with one equipment cabinet to be removed.  Refused 11/10/2018.

Happy to receive questions from residents of Osterley and Spring Grove Ward.

This is my own brief submission to the planners; to comment yourselves, please write to planning.comments@hounslow.gov.uk

TL 19.7.2020

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Filed under Great West Road, Health, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Planning, Spring Grove, TfL

Rus in urbe: Feather and fur

One of the Ward’s residents self management companies was recently in touch about how to control a localised Ring-necked Parakeet menace attempting to take over parts of their building.

Psittacula krameri

Mr Tony Bull, the London Borough of Hounslow’s Principal Animal Control Officer was approached for this expert control advice; he said that similar problems occur on certain buildings and estates across the borough.

All bird control in England is governed by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and by General Licences issued under it by DEFRA that allow for the control of certain bird species in certain circumstances.  In this case we would be looking at General Licence GL35 allowing certain controls to protect public health and safety.

The Ring-necked Parakeet is not listed on that licence so any control of eggs, chicks or adults can only take place if a Special Licence has been applied for and granted.  Such licence will only be granted by DEFRA if it can be demonstrated that any other methods of non-lethal control have been tried and failed or if they are inappropriate for any reason.  Even then it is likely that a licence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to await the end of the nesting season.

Property owners are therefore left with attempts at exclusion at times when the birds are not nesting.  Methods need to be resilient because the beak of the parakeet is exceptionally strong and as members of the parrot family, they are also very intelligent birds and good at problem solving.

Screens to protect cavities from intrusion need to be of decent grade steel and screwed into place; repair of tile roof or block and cement wall needs to be with high grade materials to help prevent further problems.

Without Licence proofing of vulnerable areas with high grade materials during times when the birds are not nesting is the only available solution.

Foxes are not specifically protected like birds but they do enjoy the general protections of other animals in the UK.  Tony Bull kindly gave advice on this matter too.

Vulpes vulpes with columba livia domestica

Foxes cannot be legally poisoned or gassed, they can, however, be trapped or shot.  Once trapped they will need to be humanely despatched rather than released elsewhere otherwise there may be contraventions of Animal Welfare legislation. There are problems with both methods of control in that trapping could see cats and or other wildlife trapped instead of foxes and the problems of shooting are obvious in an urban environment.

Foxes are highly territorial and their numbers are high and if foxes are removed from a territory then it will quickly become reoccupied due to population pressure from adjacent areas.  Attempts to reduce numbers is costly and must take place over a very wide area for a sustained period in order to be effective.

Hounslow Council’s position has been to advise on how to minimise nuisance and in the form of this leaflet.  If a particular fox is causing a problem that cannot be tolerated then there is scope for action to be taken. This would generally be through a specialist company with trained and licensed shootists.

TL 8.7.2020

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Planning update: 481 London Road

There has been a fair amount of interest in the two planning applications for this premises.  The first alert was back in February 2019 when the former Melrose Diner externally lit plain wood effort was supplanted by a more bedazzling number to explain the replacement food concept at 481.

481 London Road, Isleworth

Residents raised this matter, particularly the conservation area planning compliance of the fascia but then on inspection the planning use class activity appeared changed from A3 (restaurant) to A5 (hot food take away).  As previously explained here, the planning acts do allow an operator or owner the opportunity to right the misdemeanour of not running with the correct permission by making a formal application within 28 days of notice being served.  Two separate applications were then lodged on 1 April 2019; an item was published here on 14 April 2019 explaining how people may comment if they wished.

As is normal with the planning process, the applications were allocated to a Hounslow Council planning officer whose role is to assess applications against the law, current local, London and national policy as well as emerging draft planning policies.

The outcome of the fascia change application was an officer delegated (did not go to Planning Committee) refusal on 25 May 2019 and the report on that decision can be found here.

There was a similar fate for the change of use class, refused on 7 June 2019 warranting a more complex analysis and interesting response, considering more recent revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework.  Read the planning officer’s report here.

Whilst permission has been refused for both applications, under the Planning Acts, the applicant does have a right for up to three months to appeal the council’s decision(s) to HM Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

The council also has scope to make early moves to enforce the refusal but even then, the applicant can still exercise their right to appeal to the Inspectorate but by taking this approach, Hounslow Council can reduce any delays.  Hounslow Council’s Head of Planning Enforcement has been written to with a request that this line be pursued.

Readers should also bear in mind that the consideration of appeals made to the Planning Inspectorate are not immediate, they can take time to commence as well as to report and all during this period, the applicant can and is likely to choose to continue to trade.

If and when an appeal date is announced, these details will be shared.

Be assured that this process will continue to be monitored by Osterley and Spring Grove Ward Councillors together with neighbours and the St Johns Residents Association as it has been thus far.

 

TL 10.6.2019

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Filed under Council Business, Health, Licensing, London Road, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Planning, Spring Grove

Greenwood Osterley Archers: staying put and supported

Under varied names but in the borough since the 1950s, Greenwood Osterley Archers have been in Isleworth since 1973. First at the Conquest Club and since 2002 subletting space from Grasshoppers RFC at Macfarlane Lane, the former United Biscuits sports ground owned by Hounslow Council since 1992.

Proposal for the new £9.7m Grasshoppers RFC facility at the Conquest Club to be funded by Hounslow Council

Proposal for the new £9.7m Grasshoppers RFC facility at the Conquest Club to be funded by Hounslow Council

There was a council cabinet decision in March 2016 to sell the UB sports ground, part to the Education Funding Agency for another free school and the rest to BSkyB raising £3.7m. In addition to that amount, cabinet also agreed to borrow a further £6m to build and relocate Grasshoppers RFC to a brand new facility on the northern part of the Conquest Club, next to the proposed Nishkam Free School.

Greenwood Osterley Archers on a Sturday morning shoot at Macfarlane Lane

Greenwood Osterley Archers on a Sturday morning shoot at Macfarlane Lane

Concerned that these changes would render it homeless, I accepted an invitation to the archery club at one of its Saturday morning shoots to discuss securing is medium and long term future and later arranged a meeting with the leader of the council, Councillor Steve Curran.

Greenwood Osterley Archers Mia, Marie, Sailesh Alan and Lynette with Councillor Steve Curran and Suzie Munnery of the LBH Sports and Public Health Team at the Indian Gymkhana

Greenwood Osterley Archers Mia, Marie, Sailesh, Alan and Lynette with Councillor Steve Curran and Suzie Munnery of the LBH Sports and Public Health Team at the Indian Gymkhana

We met at the Indian Gymkhana last night to discuss a way forward and Steve Curran confirmed that Grasshoppers RFC should allow the GOA should stay at Macfarlane Lane until their move. It was also agreed that the council would work to find an alternative permanent site for the archers within the borough and this would include examining how GOA could be incorporated within the proposed new free school and BSkyB development.

Further information about Greenwood Osterley Archers may be found here and about Grasshoppers RFC here.

TL  3.6.2016

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Thornbury Park: some progress – out there again on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10.30 am

Following a good explore with a dozen friends late November 2015, a fair list of actions was compiled and shared with the Hounslow Council Parks Team and contractors Carillion. A record of the walk on 21.11.2015 can be seen here.

Folk out on the Thornbury Park walk on Saturdaymorning 21 November 2015

Folk out on the Thornbury Park walk on Saturday morning 21 November 2015

Some matters have been addressed but there is still a reasonable amount to attend to.

To progress, and with apologies to those unable to make it on a Monday morning, the parks team and contractor have agreed to meet me and anyone else able to attend, to go through the list.

Meet by the play area at 10.30 am on Monday 1 February 2016.

Whether able to make it or not, there is good news for those who had previously made requests for the installation of outdoor gym equipment in Thornbury Park.

Example of outdoor gym equipment, pigeon optional

Example of outdoor gym equipment, pigeon optional

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