Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Contact: Wendy Merry on 020 8583 2061 or Email: wendy.merry@hounslow.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

50.

Declarations of interest under the Town Planning Code of Practice or any other communications from Members

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

All Members had received correspondence from both opponents and supporters and Councillor Collins advised that he had attended a public meeting.

51.

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2014 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Decision:

Agreed.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2014 (agenda item 3) were agreed.

52.

Land to the South Side of Brentford High Street and Waterside, Brentford pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Decision:

Approved, subject to the conditions set out in the Addendum Report, the prior completion of a satisfactory S.106 agreement and referral to the Mayor of London. Additional obligations to be included in the S.106 agreement are a Retail Strategy and a Transition Plan for existing businesses and an allocation of 20% of the total commercial space to local businesses and a 20% discount on commercial rent for five years.

Minutes:

See report by Sunny Desai, Planning Officer (agenda item 4) and the Addendum Report

 

Aled Richards, Assistant Director, Community Safety, Environment and Regulatory Services, provided an overview of the scheme. He explained that it was a hybrid application in two parts for a mixed use development.  He advised that the first part was for the blocks shown in grey on the site location plan, which were full applications and the details would be determined at the meeting. The second part was for the blocks shown in blue, which were outline applications and approval was being sought in principle. A detailed application with reserved matters would be brought to a future meeting, subject to approval of the application on the table. There were also listed building consents, including for alterations to St Lawrence’s Church. An environmental statement had been submitted with the application because of the large scale of the development and a myriad of assessments had been undertaken to gauge the impact and mitigation required. A number of planning issues had been raised and dealt with in detail in the report. A public consultation had taken place and 244 submissions had been received in objection and 684 in support. Mr Richards advised that a summary of objections had been included in the report.

 

The Committee could approve, refuse or defer but any resolution would need to be referred to the GLA, where the Mayor could accept, refuse or call the application in.

 

The Chair invited the applicant and supporters of the application to make their representations.

 

Joe Swindells spoke on behalf of the developer, Ballymore, Luke Emmerton spoke as the agent and planning consultant for the scheme and Paul Monaghan as the architect.  They were supported by a team of professionals to assist in responding to technical questions from the Committee. Stephen Fry from the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce also spoke in support of the application. Their presentation was summarised, as follows:

 

There had been three years of consultation with officers at the Council and a comprehensive public consultation, involving individual stakeholder meetings and exhibitions. A team of architects had helped to create the project. The scheme would open up the waterside and the key touchstones were the recreation of the historical High Street; the restoration of the historical yards; the recreation of the historic lanes; the creation of space for people to walk along the waterside and the provision of a scheme based on the heritage of the area, including the refreshing of some of the old buildings.

 

The applicant had used a study, which had been done by the Prince’s Foundation, to help create the scheme. A £1.5m contribution would be made towards changes and improvements. These would include the installation of crossings in the High Street and improvement works to junctions. A cycle superhighway would be introduced to the south. They wanted to create new moorings and increase activities on the river. The character of the cobbled streets would be retained and landscaping was a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

Addendum Report pdf icon PDF 131 KB

An Addendum Report will be produced closer to the meeting with any additional information.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

The report was noted.

54.

Any other business, which the Chair considers urgent

Decision:

There was no such urgent business.

Minutes:

There was no such urgent business.

55.

The date of the next meeting is 18 December 2014

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted.