Residential Development At Old Station House Refused
Council planners reject Grove Park pub being reduced in size for house and five flats
Hounslow Council planning department has recommended refusal of a proposal for a residential development of a new house and five flats at the listed Old Station House pub in Grove Park.
Under the plans the pub would have been retained although the square footage would have been considerably reduced.
A pre-planning application was submitted to Hounslow Council in March 2019 for the retention of the pub on the ground floor (class use A4) and conversion of the upper floors into residential units with an extension to the building to create a new house and 5 flats.
There were several objections by local residents, including on the basis of harm to the viability of the remaining pub, and objection to the reduction of the pub size and community space. Other objections were on grounds of increased parking and traffic stress, loss of light to neighbours and harm to the character of the building and wider area.
A Hounslow Council planning official said that there was an 'in principle; objection to the reduction in size of the public house, and the development would cause harm to the character and appearance of the host property and the Grove Park Conservation area. They described it as 'substandard' accommodation for future occupants.
The plan was for the building to be extended on the first and second floors and the existing flat roof raised to accommodate the residential units. It included the separation of the ground floor external space and the introduction of the new raised flat roof as required amenity space.
The main frontage of the building is to Grove Park Road and Spencer Road, where there is an outside paved seating area for customers which would be reduced. The building has a back entrance onto Station Approach Road, opposite the railway tracks and close to Chiswick Rail station.
The pub is operated by Punch but they do not own the freehold so are not the applicant for the development. The family who run the pub live in a flat and would have needed to be rehoused if the development was allowed to proceed.
November 30, 2019