Shell Garage (Gillette South) site
Access Storage (the owners of this site) are proposing to construct a significant building on this site housing self-storage units and offices for this site.
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.
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.
They held an exhibition at the Osterley Park Hotel on 17 July 2018 on their initial proposals, and followed this with a presentation to Brentford Community Council (our neighbouring Residents Association) on 13 August 2018. Based on these presentations both we and the Brentford Community Council (BCC) sent representations on the proposals to the developers in mid-summer.
They then presented their plans to Councillors on 20 September 2018. We attended this meeting but were only able to submit questions via councillors – which we did. This 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 developer emphasised that they were listening to the views of local residents and confirmed they had received representations from OWGRA and BCC and were incorporating their feedback into their proposals. Their latest proposals did indeed include responses to some of the concerns that have been raised. Further comments were made by the committee and the developer confirmed they will incorporate responses to those and the comments from OWGRA and BCC in an updated proposal.
A public meeting was then held by the developers on 4 December, 2018 at which they presented their latest plans and took questions from local residents. The developers explained the reasoning behind the revised design for the proposed building (which will be part a storage facility and part offices) and the transport implications were the application to be approved. It was good to see that a number of changes reflecting comments from both OWGRA and Councillors have been incorporated. Around 40 people attended the meeting which was chaired by Councillor Tony Louki. After the presentations there was a Q&A session which clarified some issues and highlighted others as needing further discussion. The planning application is expected to be submitted soon, so we will be going through it in great detail, and sending you a draft response. If you would like to help us with this in any way, please let us know.
Adini building development
This proposal to replace the current 2-storey office & warehouse on the site with a combined office/warehouse and residential flats development of 5 storeys is still ongoing.
We presented our objections (here) on behalf of local residents to this proposal at the Planning Committee meeting on 2 Aug 2018, as we feel it is inappropriate for the area and will adversely impact on nearby residents. The Councillors on the Committee asked pertinent questions and made very relevant and sometimes tough comments about the applications. It was clear that the Councillors were prepared to listen to alternative views and concerns raised by local residents. Both applications were ultimately rejected by the Committee, the reasons being as below.
- out of character for the area
- adverse impact on other buildings (including listed ones)
- building overlooks residential properties
- contribution to social housing provision too low
- out of character for the area and the art deco frontage
- scale and massing too large
- impact on neighbouring buildings
- impact on suburban setting.
In December 2018 the applicant submitted an appeal against the refusal of the Planning Application for the Flats. We have submitted our objections to this to the Inspector who will adjudicate this appeal. Given the backlog in the Inspectorate, this may take 6-9 months before we hear what the decision is.
Osterley Hotel Shisha Lounge
This application to develop a Shisha Lounge has also been a long-running application. Following its earlier deferral it was considered at the Planning Committee meeting on 2 Aug 2018. We had spoken against it when it was previously considered, and a decision made to defer it for later consideration. Our arguments were carried forward to this meeting, and this application was discussed extensively by the Committee, with some considerable concerns being raised about having a Shisha lounge at such a location (in a residential area close to a major school). The application was eventually rejected, with the reasons being
- not open on 3 sides, and needs to be
- blacked out windows proposed for a listed building
- lack of health policy
- easy access for children, doors close to other public areas.
In Sep 2018 they submitted a new application. This was more than a little similar to the rejected Shisha Lounge application, except that this time it was to make the same structural changes as had been proposed in the Shisha Lounge application, but with no mention as to the use the revised structure would be put to. The proposals would impact the existing versatile, multi-use Conservatory (which for many years was a successful restaurant, and has more recently been used as a meeting room, banqueting area and exhibition area). It would remove the walls on 3 sides, remove part of the roof and detach it from the rest of the building. We objected to this based on the impact on this locally listed building and the application was rejected by the council.
In Jan 2019 they have now appealed this rejection.
Brentford Football Club Training Ground (Jersey Road)
In late August 2018 Brentford Football Club (and their developers) made a presentation to Councillors about the plans to modernise the facilities of the Brentford Football Club Training Ground on Jersey Road. Councillors made a number of comments to them and recommended that they work with local residents.
We established contact with them and held a meeting with them at the grounds on Jersey Road on 1 Oct 2018. We attended together with some local residents. They presented their plans and then held a Q&A session at which a number of points were raised about their plans, which they took on board.
Based on this meeting we then submitted a number of comments to them regarding their proposals which they took on board.
They submitted their formal Planning Application to the Council at the beginning of January 2019 and we are now finalising our response to this.
4-8 Harlequin Avenue (office building at the back of the Gillette building)
This proposed development of a 6-storey office block behind the Gillette Building was approved by the Council at their Planning meeting in mid Oct 2018 despite objections from OWGRA and BCC. Our objections were due to our concerns about the building intruding on the views of the Gillette Building, which is a Grade II listed building. The Council felt this would not damage the views and we very much hope they are right.
Oakley Close flats
We have been working with local residents, and submitting objections, to the proposals by developers to build a block of flats at the far end of Oakley Close backing onto Burlington Road. The Council refused the latest application. The applicant then appealed against this latest refusal, and this appeal was then dismissed in Nov 2018.
Osterley Station Car Park Development
We attended an exhibition in Dec 2018, together with a sizable number of local residents, on the proposed development of a 10-storey block of flats over the car park at Osterley station. The boards shown at the exhibition can be seen here. These are the comments that were made to the developer:
- Height. The proposed building is far too tall for an area where the prevailing height is 2-3 storeys; 10 storeys is wholly out of scale for the area.
- Station. It completely fails to respect, reflect, harmonise or support the Grade II-listed station next to it which is a local landmark and should remain as such. It will completely block many of the views of the illuminated tower of the station at night.
- Sight Lines. It stands out like a sore thumb when looking along the Great West Road, with all other buildings stepped back by 7-10 metres from the pavement whereas this is right on the edge of the pavement.
- Style. No attempt appears to have been made to reflect and mirror the prevailing 1930s red brick style of the area. The building style is completely different to anything else in the area.
- Parking. The proposals would result in the loss of almost 40% of car parking spaces in a car park that is already full 6 days a week by 8.30 am.
The developer is now meeting with local councillors for the first time in Jan 2019 to present his proposals to them.