Community Information Guide

Hounslow Council have recently released a new website, the Community Information Guide. This seeks to be a directory of all Community and Voluntary organizations in the Borough. It is still being developed but even in its current state is a useful point of contact if you want to find out which voluntary organizations provide specific services in the borough. Its website address is  https://cig.hounslow.gov.uk/kb5/hounslow/community/home.page

Gillette South Development

OWGRA have recently attended 2 presentations from the developer of their plans for this site, the old Shell Petrol Station at Gillette Corner. This is for a storage facility owned and run by Access Storage, which will consist of rentable storage and office space, housed in a 4- to 6-storey building. The first was a “pre-application presentation” to Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee, seeking guidance from the Committee as to how to structure their proposals to meet the committee’s expectations. The second was a presentation to the BCC on their plans. At both meetings the developer emphasised that they were listening to the views of local residents and confirmed they had received representations from OWGRA and BCC (Brentford Community Council) and were incorporating their feedback into their proposals. Their latest proposals do indeed include responses to some of the concerns that have been raised. Further comments were made at each meeting and the developer confirmed they will incorporate responses to those and the comments from OWGRA and BCC in an updated proposal.
The developer also confirmed that they plan to hold a Public Meeting for local residents to express their views on this. We will contact OWGRA members as soon as we have further details on this.

Two Public Events on Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

There are two Public Events on Tuesday, 17th July on significant issues affecting local residents. Both of these will take place at the Osterley Park Hotel

– The first of these is a Public Exhibition, between 2 pm and 8 pm, on the new plans for the old Shell Garage site at Gillette Corner. This proposal is for self-storage units and offices, but we have no idea at this stage of the details. This is the seventh proposal for this site since 2005; previous proposals included a car showroom (2-storey), self-storage units, a 14-storey mixed use development (residential, self-storage and retail), then an 11-storey mixed use development (residential, self-storage and offices), the latter having been refused planning permission by Council Planning Officers in August 2017. Do please visit, see what is proposed and then let us know what you think of the plans.

– the second is a Public Meeting between 6pm and 8pm, on the Nishkam School Parking Management Proposals (i.e. the proposed Red Route scheme in the streets around the school). The Council has organised this meeting as a follow-up to the 23 May OWGRA Public Meeting to present their proposals to prevent traffic chaos when the new Nishkam School opens, and to answer residents’ questions. A letter has been delivered to households near the new school, and here is the link to the FAQs https://hounslow.app.box.com/v/NishkamSchoolFAQs

It is important that we have good attendance from residents who will be affected by transport to the Nishkam School so that all views are aired and a decision can then be taken quickly on implementation of traffic and parking restrictions in time for the opening of the school.

Shisha lounge decision deferred by Planning Committee

The Hounslow Planning Committee deferred making a decision on the proposed shisha lounge in the Osterley Hotel complex on the corner of Wood Lane and the A4 at a meeting on Thursday 14 June 2018.

The discussion on this item lasted for an hour and 20 minutes. During the course of that time the case for the proposal was made by a lawyer working for the proposers. Objections were made by Laurence Hawcroft on behalf of OWGRA and Tom Cragg on behalf of the Nishkam School. In addition Osterley and Spring Grove Councillor Richard Eason (not on the Planning Committee) made use of his right to speak and made a strong case against the application on grounds of the Council’s duty to promote community health.

The Planning Officers recommended that the Committee should approve the application but a number of the Committee members were not convinced by their arguments. In particular Osterley and Spring Grove Councillor Tony Louki spoke several times making the point that the circumstances of the application were not clear. He said that the just who owned what on the site and which bits were leased to whom and under what conditions was, he had found, very unclear. Even though towards the end of the discussion Councillor Pritam Grewal had moved approval Councillor Tony Louki asked him to withdraw his motion so that the decision could be deferred. Councillor Grewal agreed to do that. Councillor Louki moved that the decision be deferred until the matters he had raised, along with others, could be clarified for the benefit of the Committee. This was agreed with 7 voting for deferral, 1 voting against and 4 abstentions.

We will be researching various issues that arose in the Committee discussion in order to do our best to help the Councillors make an informed decision when the proposal comes up again for consideration by the Planning Committee. When materials are ready for this we will post them on this website.

Recordings from the Planning Committee

The applicant’s lawyer makes the case for the lounge

 

Tom Cragg (Nishkam School) and Laurence Hawcroft (OWGRA) make the case against

 

Councillor Richard Eason on health problems of the lounge

 

Councillor Tony Louki points to problems and moves deferral

 

Details on the application and OWGRA’s objections can be found HERE.

 

Shisha Lounge decision 14 June

THE DECISION ON SHISHA LOUNGE AT OSTERLEY PARK HOTEL WILL BE MADE THIS THURSDAY, 14 JUNE

The agenda for the Planning Committee meeting has been published and the planning application for the Shisha Lounge at the Osterley Park Hotel will be considered at the meeting on Thursday 14 June, at 7.30 pm, at the Civic Centre (Committee Rooms 1 & 2), Lampton Road, Hounslow.

OWGRA will be presenting its objections at the meeting, so we urge you to come along to listen to the proceedings and to support us.

You can see the application files submitted on the Council Planning website or, rather more easily, you can download them all HERE in one go as a zip file (it is just 2 Mb).

You can read the Officer’s report recommending approval of the proposal HERE.

You can read OWGRA’s objection to the proposal HERE.