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Do that to me one Moore time: New planning application for 31 flats and retail

An earlier planning application submitted by Network Homes to Hounslow Council in March 2016 was quietly withdrawn that November with nothing doing until another, intrinsically the same, appeared late August 2017.

This new application carries the reference P/2017/3612 and a look at the Hounslow Council planning pages shows pretty much the same accompanying documents with little updating which I have raised with the planning team.

What is not clear from the application is whether there is still a proposal to incorporate the site of 1A St Johns Road as the handwritten form just states “3-5 St Johns Road”.

Neighbours have been sent letters offering the opportunity to make their written comments.

TL 30.9.2017

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Wood Lane Yellow Lines: the council would not do it like that

Not remotely close to the Camden Town earthquake described by Charles Dickens in Dombey and Son but one way or another, the rumblings caused by the coming of the schools to Osterley continue to be felt.

Midway on Wood Lane, Isleworth looking south

The latest wee spat is the yellow lining debacle of Wood Lane, more on that in a bit but first some reminding context.

The Mary McCleod Memorial Academy on Wood Lane is now up and being clad, due to open in a year’s time.

Digging on another part of the site for the £9 million minority sports complex has, these past days, literally caused a stink and rumours of more gruesome finds to add to the earlier commotion caused by the removal of ancient hedgerow and trees on Syon Lane.

A couple of weeks ago, approval was given to what someone described as a “delightful” looking building but what many would confirm as another bland box to become the Bolder (might as well call it the Bona) Academy. Why not pay homage to its location? Doesn’t Osterley deserve a name check with all that has been foisted?

Very few people have difficulty in accepting the new Osterley Comprehensive locating on the former United Biscuits sports ground on Macfarlane Lane; hardly touching the green stuff. Uniquely, in these parts, it will not select pupils based on religions, will accept from both gender and likely not to live as far away as those attending St Mary’s.

With some major planning applications, plenty expertise is often developed by ordinary people who at some point are likely to be affected by the ultimate decision. One common thread in all these (costly) free school applications is how the pupils will be delivered and despatched either side of the school day. The key theme in scrutiny of recent and upcoming (Green School for Boys) planning were and will be traffic impacts and should another school receive approval, there will be five schools, each with over 1,000 students within a mile and a half radius of each other.

The problem that is most likely to occur before very long is that with a local public transport accessibility level of almost zero, there will be more than a temptation to bring children to the schools by car via the already congested Syon Lane and Gillette Corner.

In planning terms there’s always mitigation, soft in most cases. School travel plans are often cited as a salve but as can be seen from the June 2017 Nishkam School West London Travel Plan, 75% of their scholars are taken by car. Travel plans often look good on paper, not able to foresee the future but appear to tick planning boxes. In reality, there is no substitute for spending money on infrastructure but this has been scant in Osterley despite the recent demands for its open space.

When the Bolder omies punted their building proposals at the Osterley and Wyke Green Residents Association’s open meeting in December 2016, attended by the leader of the council and the head of planning, a second route from Harlequin Avenue via Great West Road was included, understood and appreciated. Despite later citing Grant Way, by the time it hit planning, the only access to the school site would be from Macfarlane Lane via the already and soon to be more strained Syon Lane. The scheme’s architect gave a less than convincing and more than half assed reason as to why the much diminished route would be optimal.

So, what about the Wood Lane yellow lines that appeared with no warning on 4 August 2017? It. Was. Not. Hounslow. Council.

The pooch was actually screwed by the government quango, the Education and Skills Funding Agency contractor, BAM and installed without any local arrangement or discussion with the council. After the event, BAM’s Nishkam School project manager wrote, “I’m sorry for the trouble this has caused you and hopefully it can be fully resolved through the consultation” or in other words, “we messed up, you sort it out”.

The council’s traffic team were prepared to consult on yellow lines for Wood Lane largely due to recent haphazard parking on this narrow width and paved road, reported by residents but BAM stole their bluster.

Proper consultation will shortly take place on this proposal and until this is complete [to avoid damage to the road] the lines will not be touched but neither will they be enforceable. Residents are encouraged to respond and alternative suggestions will be considered.

TL 17.8.2017

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Filed under Education, Great West Road, H28 bus, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Parking, Planning, Road works, Roads, Schools, Traffic, Wyke Green

Dudley House 9: at Planning Committee 9 March 2017

Following a refusal at the 12 January 2017 Planning Committee, an amended application is back before councillors on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road on the agenda for a meeting that starts at 7.30 pm.

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

A copy of the planning officer’s report can be found here with a recommentation for approval.

Not shared in time for mention in the committee report, a 109 signature petition making comment on the planning application in relation to the Spring Grove Conservation Area was given to me for handing in to the council’s planners.  A copy of the petition prayer can be found here and its content will be referred to in an Addendum Report in time for the meeting.

TL 1.3.2017

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Macfarlane Lane Sports Ground: New school proposal presentation on 23.2.2017

A presentation from the architects and promoters of a new free school on the council owned and current Grasshoppers site off Syon Lane, Isleworth will be made at Hounslow Council’s Planning Development Presentation meeting on Thursday 23 February 2017 starting 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber at Hounslow Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4DN.

Hounslow Civic Centre from Lampton Park

Hounslow Civic Centre from Lampton Park

Planning presentation meetings are where promoters of developments show their ideas to members of the council planning committee prior to the submission of a formal planning application.

bolder-academy-header1

So far, there is just one item on the agenda, a proposal for the “demolition of existing club house and construction of a two to four storey, 1,150 pupil secondary school, including ancillary access, parking, sports pitches and multi use games area” for the as yet to be established, mixed and non religious Bolder Academy.  The proposed school was one of the items presented and discussed at the OWGRA meeting on 6 December 2016.

Residents are welcome to attend the meeting as observers but are not allowed to speak although I would welcome any appropriate questions to convey during the proceedings.

TL  11.2.2017

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Filed under Council Business, Education, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Planning, Schools, Wyke Green

Dudley House 8: A new planning application

Following the Hounslow Council Planning Committee’s refusal of STS Group Investments’ bid to convert and extend Dudley House on 12 January 2017, a new application has been submitted and was validated on 6 February 2017.

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

Planning Committee knocked back the previous application (reference P/2016/3928) because of its inappropriate design for a conservation area and lack of amenity space.

The new proposal (reference P/2017/0496) still provides 17 units and as far as can be ascertained, the differences since the previous application are:

  • an increase to the amount of communal amenity space from 378 sqm to 408 sqm
  • a change to the design of the roof extension
  • realigned windows to the roof extension
  • a new glass balustrade proposed to the west elevation
  • minor internal alterations to the flats’ layouts.

A copy of the residents notification letter may be found here.

Further details may be seen by visiting the council website’s planning pages and using reference P/2017/0496.

Comments would as usual, be welcomed.

TL 11.2.2017

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