CHISWICK WEST - RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION LETTER
CHISWICK & GUNNERSBURY SOCIETY
78a SILVER CRESCENT
LONDON W4 5SE
Mr Ken Simms
Michael Aukett Architects
77 Kings Road
London SW3 4NX
West development @ Gunnersbury
architect's design for the development
was contacted recently by your Project Spokesperson
- Steve Bartlett - regarding your planning
application to develop the above site. He invited
me to tell you what the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury
Society would want from the development.
Management Committee agreed to raise it at
our public meeting on 30 January, which was
attended by over 100 people. The matter was
discussed at length. It was unanimously agreed
I should respond to Steve Bartlett's request
as set out below.
The Society is not opposed to a reasonable
development in character with the area in terms
of scale, size and type.
It is totally opposed, however, to the development
submitted for 391 to 409 and 586 to 596 Chiswick
High Road. It is completely out of character
with the area and contrary to Hounslow's Unitary
We cannot comment on the proposed development
of Gunnersbury Station, as we have not seen
the proposals. Whilst we are not opposed, in
principle, to development of the station, we
would want this to be done in the first phase
of the development. We would also wish to see
written confirmation from Railtrack and the
train operating companies that they support
the nature and style of development proposed.
We also want to be consulted on the proposals
for developing the station.
We would like clarification on how the traffic
and parking issues that will arise will be
resolved in line with the Mayor's Transport
Strategy for London. In particular, how better
and more public transport will be promoted
and car usage reduced.
We consider that further office development
along this part of Chiswick High Road is unnecessary,
given the amount that already exists, or planned,
for the area. Any development planned should
be mixed in nature to create a sustainable
There should be meaningful and ongoing consultation
with the local community at each major stage
of the development.
The development must not exceed 4 storeys,
except where close to existing 3 storey residential
properties, where it should be of the same
height as their roof-line.
The local authority's requirements in respect
of proximity of the development to existing
residential properties of 21 metres should
Preventive measures to protect both the building
and local community from terrorism should be
included - given the events of 11 September
2001 in New York.
The existing residential properties between
the John Bull public house and the corner of
Silver Crescent should be retained and used
for housing purposes.
The existing façade of the John Bull
public house should be retained and integrated
into any development on that site.
The existing house at 409 Chiswick High Road
be retained and used for housing.
At least six A1 & A3 retail units to be
provided on the site of 391 to 407 Chiswick
High Road. The present occupiers to be consulted
on the nature of these units.
The total residential units should consist
of at least 50% affordable housing in line
with the Mayor's strategy; and should include
adequate parking provision.
A building for community use should be provided
at the Chiswick High Road end of Silver Crescent
with a play area and managed by trustees appointed
for that purpose.
Section 106 planning gain monies should be
used for the area and spent in consultation
with the local community.
is the view of the Society that a development
on the lines set out above would accord with
the wishes of the local community. The Society
considers it proposals to be feasible and sustainable.
Yet it will provide a reasonable return to
the developer and demonstrate commitment to
the local community.
shall be sending a copy of this letter to Ian
Draper at Hounslow Council, Tony Arbour - Chair
of GLA Planning, MPs and Councillors for the
area as well as the local press.
Chair of the Society
of Meeting of Local residents
Grows to Chiswick West
Text of Letter of Objection from Peter Eversden
Letter of Objection from local resident
for Developer Urges Residents to View Plans
on this issue on the Chiswick Discussion Forum
Plans for Chiswick Business Park
local Council Representatives
details for your MP