Really, please, as always, don’t shoot the messenger.
The developer’s latest idea for building above the car park at the Grade II Listed Osterley Station
After a number of months waiting for someone to get in touch with even the slightest idea of what was being proposed for the car park area of the Grade II listed Osterley Station, we have news.
Ward Councillors have not been involved in any discussions but were advised that there would be an exhibition of proposals prior to the submission of any planning application by the Transport for London development partner, Apartments for London.
This will take place over two days, at Indian Gymkhana, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4NQ between 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December 2018, more details are on this flyer.
Many people should be aware by now of the reduction of government support for a large number of public services including transport and there is a demand for real affordable housing London.
The Heaps and Holden Osterley Station tower
The idea of building on TfL sites is not unreasonable but in sensitive locations, all efforts should be made to properly consult and take serious comments and residents’ observations into account before assuming that anything will do. This is one of the first forays into building over station car parks and will be the subject of intense scrutiny.
Osterley and Spring Grove residents are encouraged to attend the exhibition and Ward councillors would welcome your early views as Unsa Chaudri, Richard Eason and I intend to informally meet the developer’s representatives in the New Year.
On the books for a few months, three Osterley & Spring Grove Ward planning applications will be considered at next week’s planning committee being held in the Lampton Park Conference Centre, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow starting at 7.30 pm.
Coomb House, 7 St Johns Road, Isleworth
First up will be the National Trust scheme to upgrade and introduce further cycle tracks within Osterley Park.
Next on the agenda is Coomb House, 7 St Johns Road, an office block which already has unexpired permission to convert into a 59 room hotel but this application is for an 89 room version.
Lastly, the former Dudley House Nursing Home on The Grove, the subject of numerous ambitions these past two years but now up for conversion and a roof extension to create 17 flats.
The Planning Committee agenda with officer reports on each item can be found here.
In depth details for each application including plans, can be accessed via the Hounslow Council planning pages and by entering the following references:
Osterley Park: P/2016/3549
Coombe House: P/2016/3067
Dudley House: P/2016/4831
Information about travellers pitching up on Wyke Green prompted a reccy on Thursday 9.6.2016. Toured the area by a neighbour, around the green where they had first located then across to Wyevale but advice from their car wash crew was that the vans had cleared off the day before.
Later that morning Hounslow Council’s parks team advised of the actions taken to reclaim Wyke Green including by way of this notice of direction.
A missing post allowed easy access to Wyke Green recently
Residents near Wyke Green raised how easy it had become to access it due to a missing lockable post by Jersey Road; glad to say that by the afternoon the space was more secure with a replacement. Carillion were also asked to remove a few black sacks, left relatively tidily.
Lockable post now in place at Wyke Green to limit future unexpected visits
Coincidentally the next day, Councillors, in our weekly update bulletin Members Matters, received a briefing on Travellers which can be found here.
The advice included details of who to contact if you become aware of travellers camping in the borough.
Police: call the police non-emergency number 101
Parks: Carillion, the council’s parks contractor who’ll make the initial assessment, telephone 0845 456 2853 or email Hounslow.firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Trust have made contact to tell of an exhibition of proposals for new bike trails on current footpaths at Osterley Park and Gardens.
Osterley Park Trails proposal
The trust are preparing to submit a planning application to Hounslow Council later in the year. They aim to apply to change the surface of some existing paths and create a space suitable for children to learn to ride their bikes within Osterley Park. More detailed information can be found here.
They will also be hosting three drop in sessions open to all, to listen to visitors’ thoughts on this issue in the Osterley Park & House Stables Brewhouse on: Saturday 4 June from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Monday 6 June from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm and Friday 17 June from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.