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Hounslow Planning Committee last Thursday night (11 April) gave the go-ahead for a house to be built in the grounds of a 17th century cottage, one of the oldest buildings in Chiswick.

Grade II listed No.1 Arlington Cottages is one of three terraced homes (near Sutton Road North) whose owner plans to build a three bedroom house in the grounds and to convert the listed cottage by removing a recent extension and adding a more appropriate one at the back.

The application was recommended for approval by Hounslow Council planners but was opposed by the West Chiswick & Gunnersbury Society. It was referred to the Planning Committee for decision which has voted in favour of the applicant.

Marie Rabouhans of the West Chiswick & Gunnersbury Society (WCGS), who spoke at the meeting, had said they believe the proposal was not in keeping with the character of the conservation area. A total of seven objections were received by the Council.

The property dates back to the early 17th Century and is approached via a long front garden with a large mature magnolia tree. Arlington Cottages is a group of three dwellings set well back from Arlington Gardens, close to the junction with Sutton Lane North.

The design plans says that it will be sensitive to the listed buildings and the surrounding houses and to the generally charming leafy setting in which it is placed.

The applicant, who grew up there and continues to reside there with her family, also spoke at the meeting.

She maintains that the proposed development means that the cottage would be improved and restored. An extension which was not in keeping with the original cottage would be demolished. The new development would be very discreet and not seen from the main road. There would be no damage to trees.

April 12, 2019

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