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

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 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.

Heathrow – do you want a third runway?

We have not made a survey of members views but if out last meeting is anything to go by then it seems that most people in the area are opposed to a third runway at Heathrow. The consultation is still on and whatever your views the more people who participate the better.

Further update on our Heathrow Expansion meeting on October 10th:

Those of you who attended this meeting, and indeed those who did not, may wish to contribute to the further consultation on this issue.

The revised draft Airports NPS and accompanying documents including an updated Appraisal of Sustainability can be accessed HERE.

If you wish to respond to the consultation then please CLICK HERE .

Those of you opposing the expansion may find the following documents provided by anti-expansion group HACAN (run by our speaker John Stewart) useful in completing your response:

The key points of the consultation;

Some points you may wish to make in your response.

For those of you in favour of the expansion, this is the link for the Back Heathrow site, until recently run by our speaker Rob Gray, which may provide some useful information in favour.

The deadline for contributing is December 19th. You are very welcome to copy OWGRA in on your responses.