seeker hostel rejected
planners say that Grove Park would be unsuitable for this kind of
plans to develop the former RAF Association building into a hostel
for Asylum seekers have been rejected by planning officers of Hounslow
scheme which attracted both support and opposition from local residents
was felt to be inappropriate for the area. Officers were also concerned
that it would not enhance the conservation area and would lead to
a loss of employment.
The original plan submitted by Crossleigh Developers had been to
turn the former RAF Association offices in the Victorian building
41-43 into luxury one and two bedroom apartments. However, residents
of Grove Park Road and surrounding roads lead by Penny Dodd, objected
to this plan on the grounds that the number of planned flats and
the size of the new extension would swamp number 39, and increase
traffic on the road. The developers then submitted an alternative
plan to develop a hostel. Many residents felt that this was a ruse
to make the option of the luxury flats appear more palatable.
The developers, expressed dismay at the decision which was taken
under delegated powers by planning officers rather than a Council
Committee. They plan to appeal and are confident that the office
of the Deputy Prime Minister will view their case more favourably.
are no longer planning to develop the units into luxury flats as
an alternative to the hostel. They claimed that market conditions
rather than residents' objections were the reason for the change.
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Seeker Hostel Planned for Grove Park
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