Planning for a better Brentford

Brentford Voice seeks to provide the community with clear information on current planning issues and, along with LB Hounslow, we will strive to represent the community’s best interests in planning matters.

Recently we provided extensive comments to LB Hounslow in response to their consultation on the Draft Local Plan for the Great West Corridor. Our comments will be taken into account by the Inspector at a Local Plan Inquiry in 2020.

On 1st August we addressed the LB Hounslow Planning Committee to ask that the reserved matters application for the Dock Road car park be refused. We objected to the proposals on the grounds of height, scale, appearance, and air quality. The building had been constructed without the requisite planning approval. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful on this occasion.

Since then we have submitted comments to LB Hounslow on the following planning applications (a decision is awaited in all of these cases):

  • O’Riordan’s Tavern, 3 High Street: redevelopment to provide a 3-storey building with 4 flats. (Qualified acceptance.)
    Alfa Laval, Great West Road: prior notification for change of use of 13-storey derelict office block to provide 190 flats. (Strong objection.)
  • Morrisons supermarket site: amendments, from L&Q, to existing permitted scheme to provide 215 flats , a revised scheme for dwelling size and tenure, and design changes. (Qualified acceptance.)
  • Land adjacent to 3 Station Parade, Boston Manor Road: construction of 9 flats, a shop, and a cafe/restaurant on previously undeveloped land. In opposing this scheme we worked closely with residents of Orchard Road and Church Walk. (Strong objection.)

We’re beginning to establish a working relationship with Ballymore and their contractors. We’ve recently submitted a list of questions and issues to them regarding the development of the site south of the High Street. We await their response.

We continue to work closely with Brentford Community Council. In conjunction with other groups and we’ve begun to consider ways in which local planning decisions can adequately reflect the challenges of climate change.