COURT UNDER THREAT
plans to be considered by Council in forthcoming
plans for Hartington Court are
likely to be discussed at a
Council meeting in January.
The Sustainable Development
Committee occurs on January
on the agenda will be the related
issue of the plans for a conservation
area in Grove Park.
1930s art deco development with
56 units in Grove Park could
be redeveloped netting the freeholder
an estimated profit of £2-3
million. Leaseholders have formed
a residents' association arguing
that they will lose green space
and communal areas.
to be redeveloped
There is also concern that overdevelopment
on the banks of the Thames is hampering plans
to improve the river environment, the controversial
Kew Riverside development being one such example.
The recent Thames Strategy report focussed
on the undesirability of taller structures
next to the river.
Court resident, Robin Storey said: "The draft
Thames Strategy expressly includes Hartington
Court, as a crucial riverside landmark. As
the riverside is such a sensitive area, I'm
sure that the Sustainable Development Committee
will make a balanced judgement and approve
the Grove Park Conservation area, which would
clearly demonstrate placing the conservation
needs of Grove Park and the Chiswick riverside
Underhill of Foxtons estate agents,
who is advising the freeholder, has accused
the residents most active in resisting the
plans of misleading their neighbours and "browbeating"
the older and less affluent leaseholders. He
dismissed the objectors a "a few nimbys".
He argued that the "symbiotic, mutually
advantageous plans" were a "God-given
opportunity" for the block and estimated
it would increase the value of the existing
flats by 20%
Storey, responded that it was insulting to
the majority of residents to imply that they
were not capable of making up their own minds.
He said: "His reception at a meeting with
leaseholders should have made him aware that
the overwhelming majority of residents are
very strongly against this plan." During
the meeting Mr. Underhill described parts of
the development as "resembling a Council
slum" which prompted residents to point
out that the freeholder Alan Millender was
also a Director of the Managing Agent and responsible
for the condition of the shared areas.
Residents' Association (which represents all
but 5 of the 56 flats) has appointed a surveyor
to investigate the level of maintenance by
the Managing Agent. Ann Keen MP has written
to the freeholder on behalf of the residents
expressing concern. Peter Eversden of the Chiswick
Protection Group said that: " The plans
clearly show the unacceptable increase in the
bulk of the planned changes to Hartington Court
and the loss of open space."
architect is confident that the development
will succeed in getting approval despite local
opposition but it could have restrictions placed
on it due to the grant of a local listing and
the recent overwhelming support given to the
plans for a Grove
Park a conservation area.
Thompson is the only Chiswick councillor on
the Sustainable Development Committee and some
have expressed concern that the unfamiliarity
of many of the committee members with the area
might make their decision making flawed on
Park to become conservation area
on Hartington Court from Sunday Times