New Conservation areas for Chiswick Approved

Sustainable Development Committee waves through plans for conservation areas in West Chiswick

Two new conservation areas are to be added in Chiswick with a third to be extended. The Wellesley Road and Thorney Hedge Conservation Areas were given the go ahead at the Hounslow Borough Sustainable Development Committee meeting on 31st October as well as a proposed extension to Turnham Green Conservation Area.

A consultation on the issue saw overwhelming support for the conservation areas with over 80% of residents in favour. The report presented to the committee gave a strong recommendation for approval which was given after minimal discussion.

The change will mean stricter planning controls. Campaigners such as the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society hope the change will strengthen their argument against major planned office developments around Gunnersbury station.

Antonia Thompson of the Society said, "I am greatly impressed and happy over the SDC's decision to say 'yes' to parts of West Chiswick becoming conservation areas - they listened to the recommendations (brought together by the Conservation Officers at Hounslow who worked hard on this case, studying the area and receiving information from residents themselves) and observed that it was something that most of us really wanted. This is a wonderful outcome and I'm glad to say that Hounslow Council has 'seen us right' on this one."

The conservation areas come into effect immediately.

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