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Big Planning in Little Hounslow: Local Plan Review consultation events

Hounslow’s Local Plan Review runs until 10 December 2017

 

Wednesday 1 November 2017: at Thistleworth Tennis Club, 127a Ridgeway Road North, TW7 5LX from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm including a Workshop between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm

Wednesday 8 November 2017: at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm including a Workshop between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm

By law, all local authorities need to have a Local Plan in place to guide council planners and developers, whether small or large, on what development proposals are likely to be acceptable.

The government’s Planning Inspectorate approved Hounslow’s Local Plan in 2015 with provisos that there would be early reviews for the borough’s West Area (Heston, Feltham, Hanworth, Cranford, Bedfont) and the Great West Corridor (Syon Lane to Chiswick Roundabout), a fair chunk of the latter in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward.

The process started almost immediately with release in December 2015 of initial consultation documents for both areas seeking comments on proposals for possible developments and associated infrastructure such as new transport links. Within these, there was a concurrent call for sites seeking nominations for any sites thought suitable for development; housing, employment, leisure or other uses.

By the closing date of that consultation, in February 2016, I submitted responses with views on both localities, for the Great West Corridor and for the West Area.

The Local Plan Review is currently at its next stage and residents are encouraged to participate and contribute their comments to help shape the final document that will be presented to the Planning Inspectorate later in 2018.

As it stands, there are a number of possible redevelopment proposals which if realised are likely to have impact in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward. These include sites such as Tesco Syon Lane (563 housing units and retail), West Cross, the former Firestone factory (827 housing units and employment) and the Gillette building (114 housing units and employment. More details on these and other locations are shown in the site allocation document.

The Great West Corridor Local Plan Review document can be found here and there is a heap of further information on these dedicated Hounslow Council website pages.

The consultation runs from Monday 23 October to Sunday 10 December 2017. Please take part and would be happy to discuss any aspects with Osterley and Spring Grove residents prior.

TL 30.10.2017

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Gillette South: Tower turned down

More than a year on the stocks and eight months since a formal proposal to build a 14 storey block on the corner of Syon Lane and Great West Road, Hounslow Council’s planners have finally turned down the application.

The site known as Gillette South

During 2016, the applicant’s agent hosted a number of exhibitions but declined to arrange, present and explain the concept and plans at a public meeting.

Following the submission of a formal planning application on 5 January 2017, I arranged a meeting at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall later that month. More than 120 residents, Hounslow Council planners and councillors but not the applicants or their agent attended the event. The occasion was previously reported here.

The application was refused for a number of reasons when assessed against current Hounslow, London and national planning policies including its impact on neighbouring properties and the setting of listed buildings as well as the lack of affordable housing.  There were more than 80 objections to the proposal.

Full details are in the planning officer’s report here and formal decision letter to the applicant here. Should the applicant decide to exercise their right to appeal this outcome it must be done by 11 February 2018.

The site has permission to be used as a car park until 30 September 2017.

TL 14.8.2017

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Former Shell Syon Gate Garage plot: Sky

Progressing the development of its HQ and movement of personnel from other locations on Great West Road, the Sky corporation is seeking stop gap staff parking.

Former Syon Gate Garage site from Gillette Corner, Isleworth

Former Syon Gate Garage site from Gillette Corner, Isleworth

Hounslow Council has received an application for a 130 space temporary car park on the long vacant former Syon Gate Garage site bounded by Northumberland Avenue, Syon Lane and Great West Road, Isleworth.

Should it receive permission, the car park would operate Monday to Friday between 7.00 and 21.00. It would be security staffed with access from Northumberland Avenue and exit on to Great West Road.

Former Syon Gate Garage site from Northumberland Avenue, Isleworth

Former Syon Gate Garage site from Northumberland Avenue, Isleworth

Documents relating to the application can be found on the council’s website but for ease of access can also be accessed from links below:

It is likely that this application will be considered at the 3 November 2016 Planning Committee and until then, comments can emailed to planningcomments@hounslow.gov.uk quoting reference 00505/AF/P26.

TL 16.10.2016

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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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One done. Nine to decide. CPZs in Osterley & Spring Grove Ward updates

These past two years, there has been a fair demand in a number of neighbourhoods of Osterley & Spring Grove Ward for residents only parking.

In response, Hounslow Council’s Traffic Team has undertaken a number of consultations which have been reported at meetings of the Isleworth & Brentford Area Forum. This piece provides a situation report.

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Northumberland Gardens – This came in to operation early April 2016 arising from discussion at the 12 March 2015 IBAF when proposals for the improvement of the pedestrian crossing outside Syon Lane Station were agreed.

The scheme was designed as an extension to the existing Syon Lane Station controlled parking zone and provides an additional 14 spaces to that scheme operating from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. A map of the extension can be found here.

Thornbury Road South – Development of this arose from an online petition started on the Hounslow Council website in the autumn of 2014 by a local resident. It began as a response to impacts from parking by college, mosque and new developments parking.

Following a first stage informal consultation during April 2015 and for a detailed scheme in November 2015, IBAF agreed to add proceed to statutory formal consultation at its meeting on 21 January 2016.

Formal traffic orders are being compiled for the statutory consultation expected to run for 21 days from late June 2016. It will propose the addition of Thornbury Road (between Spring Grove Road and Eversley Crescent), Stanleycroft Close and Weston Gardens to the existing Spring Grove CPZ which operates from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed extension here. Should June’s statutory consultation not yield unresolvable objections, it is expected that the scheme will be installed late October 2016.

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Thornbury Road North – Work on this scheme also arose from a petition started on the Hounslow Council website by a resident concerned with commuter and holiday maker parking due to the proximity of Osterley Station.

Following a first stage informal consultation during April 2015 and for a detailed scheme in November 2015, IBAF agreed to add proceed to statutory formal consultation at its meeting on 21 January 2016.

Formal traffic orders are also being compiled for a statutory consultation expected to run for 21 days from mid June 2016. It will propose the creation of a completely new controlled parking zone to include Thornbury Avenue, Thornbury Road (between Great West Road and Church Road), Church Road (between Thornbury Road and Osterley Road) and Osterley Road (between Church Road and Great West Road. It would operate from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Should the statutory consultation not yield unresolvable objections, it is expected that the scheme will be installed late October 2016. A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed zone here.

Permit holders only past this point sign proposed for Ravenswood Gardens and Naseby Close. These negate the need for bays marking.

Permit holders only past this point sign proposed for Ravenswood Gardens and Naseby Close. These negate the need for bays marking.

Naseby Close and Ravenswood Gardens – These two roads located off The Grove, already covered by the existing Spring Grove CPZ, were also consulted in April and November 2015 and reported to the IBAF in January 2016. Residents here also wanted in and formal traffic orders are also being compiled for a statutory consultation, mid June 2016.

Again, in the absence of unresolvable objections, the scheme is expected to be installed late October 2016 but done so with no road markings, just signs at the start of these two cul-de-sacs. A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed zone here.

Spencer Road – Councillors agreed with the council’s traffic officers’ recommendation that residents of this road be included in the April 2015 consultation with neighbouring streets. The results showed that there is demand and a scheme is being progressed to address commuter parking attracted by Osterley Station and the expected impact of a zone being commissioned south of Spring Grove Road.

Statutory consultation will take place from early June 2016 for a completely new controlled parking zone and, without unresolvable objections, is likely to be installed late October 2016. A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed zone here.

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Across from Isleworth Station – Work on this began following the presentation of a 100+ signature petition to the Mayor of Hounslow at a council meeting in January 2015. The petition arose from residents’ concerns over parking by commuters, crown court users and residents from nearby developments, already built and in the pipeline.

Following a first stage informal consultation during April 2015 and for a detailed scheme in November 2015, IBAF considered an officer report at its meeting on 21 January 2016 where differences of opinion on the proposals were raised, particularly over hours of operation. This gave rise to a further meeting on 9 February 2016 called by councilors and attended by 20 residents and a way forward agreed to proceed.

Formal traffic orders are now being compiled for a statutory consultation from late June 2016. It will propose the addition of Grove Road, Avenue Road, Overton Close, College Road (south of Ridgeway Road), Henley Close and Beechen Cliff Way to the existing Spring Grove CPZ which operates from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Without unresolvable objections, is likely to be installed late October 2016. A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed extension to the Spring Grove zone here.

The Six Gardens – another consequence of commuter parking by Syon Lane station and close to employment sites around Great West Road. Residents appeared not only concerned by all day parking but also its effect on waste collections not taking place in this neighbourhood due to refuse lorries as well as pedestrians not being able to negotiate tight and inconsiderate parking by some on these narrow roads.

Following correspondence and meetings with residents, I raised this issue at the July 2015 IBAF and a detailed design consultation took place in January 2016 which saw serious support for parking controls here. At the 3 March 2016 IBAF, councillors agreed that the scheme should progress to statutory consultation.

This consultation will take place mid June 2016 with a proposal to include Warkworth Gardens, Otterburn Gardens, Redesdale Gardens and Northumberland Avenue (from Roxborough Avenue to Syon Lane) to the existing Syon Lane Station CPZ which operates from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Without unresolvable objections, is likely to be installed late October 2016. A copy of the January IBAF report can be found here and map of the proposed extension here.

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North of Gillette Corner – Another request arising from commuter parking impacts and a petition from residents on the Wyke Gardens Estate off Syon Lane I presented to the Mayor of Hounslow.

Informal consultation on a scheme to include Syon Park Gardens, Syon Lane, Stags Way, Crowntree Close, Wyke Close and Oaklands Avenue took place in September 2015 and reported to IBAF at its meeting on 12 November 2015. A copy of the report considered then can be found here and a map here.

Consultation on a detailed design has just ended and is expected to be reported with next steps, if any, to the next Isleworth & Brentford Area Forum scheduled for 26 May 2016.

Burlington Road – Concerned with the implications of a controlled parking scheme due for neighbouring Spencer Road, a petition was presented by residents of Burlington Road requesting that the Council consider the introduction of a CPZ in their road (operational 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Monday to Friday. This was considered at the 3 March 2016 IBAF.

An informal consultation in Burlington Road and neighbouring streets, Vincent Road, Spring Grove Road, Witham Road and Eversley Crescent is expected to commence in June 2016 and reported to IBAF in September 2016.

Phew!

I shall make an effort to offer updates here but in the meantime happy to correspond.

 

TL 30.4.2016

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