Another Bid Made To Develop Carluccio's Site

The original plan was blocked partly due to inadequate cycle parking

Former Carluccio's site on Chiswick High Road


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A revised planning application has been lodged with Hounslow Council to build six flats on the upper floors on the site of the former Carluccio's restaurant. The ground floor to be retained as either retail or restaurant use.

A bid made earlier this year was turned down, in part because it was felt the facilities for cycle parking were inadequate. This was despite the developer including cycle racks within the development and a ramp for bikes to be brought up to the upper floors.

The application has now been made by Betacom Holdings Ltd, in respect of 342-344 Chiswick High Road .

It seeks, as did the first application, the demolition of the existing second floor, which the developer feels is unsafe, and erection of a mansard roof extension and conversion of
the upper floors to form four flats.

There would be a new entrance door, associated amenity space and cycle storage, and flexible use of the ground floor and basement as Use Classes A1 (Retail) and A3 (Restaurant).

Cycle parking had been provided on the first floor and a cycle gutter was to be installed on the stairs. One of the flats had a dedicated internal cycle store. Three Sheffield racks were provided offering space for six bikes.

The original application failed following a report submitted to the planning committee stating “The West London Cycle Parking Guidance requires Sheffield Stands to be spaced at least 1m apart, with a distance of at least 0.6m to the walls. The current arrangement falls short of these requirements. Furthermore, the route to the store involves a lot of 90 degree turns, which would be difficult to negotiate with a bicycle. It was concluded that therefore the application was not in accordance with local plan policy.

The new cycle plans provide for a 1.2m wide door and amends the space for cycling parking.

The new design for the site which was rejected

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January 4, 2020

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