No expansion of Turnham Green Terrace "eyesore"

Mid-Chiswick Residents Delighted With Gable House Planning Refusal

On Monday, 14 July, the members of the London Borough of Hounslow's Sustainable Development Committee unanimously refused planning consent for an additional storey to Gable House in Turnham Green Terrace, and change of use of the building from offices to residential.

The developer’s, Gort Securities, louvered-wood design with its movable screens was intensely disliked; the Committee did not accept that enough effort had been made to market the office space, and hence there was not a sufficient case for change of use. They also noted that there had been no attempt to include affordable housing in the proposal.

Members of the Mid-Chiswick Society and the Gable House Group of the Thornton-Mayfield Residents' Association were delighted with the result, but, as one of their number, said "We have won this battle but not the total campaign. We must keep alert and vigilant to the future plans of the developers.

What we would really like is a constructive and acceptable proposition to be put forward for the redevelopment of Gable House, which would both incorporate the wishes of the local people, and satisfy the economic requirements of the developers. Is it time that a full consultation with all interested parties takes place - before yet another unsatisfactory planning application is submitted to Hounslow?"

July 17, 2003

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