1-4 Capital Interchange Way, bus depot and enabling developments (Hounslow Council ref P/2016/5244)
This application has been refused on 4 grounds:
- the impact on designated historic assets
- the harm to residential properties nearby
- the absence of a legal agreement relating to the transfer of the bus depot to public infrastructure
- the absence of a legal agreement on affordable housing
We had submitted objections, based in part on the reasons given by Hounslow Council in turning down the Chiswick Curve, to this development which would have provided a two-storey podium building including a bus depot, three 18, 19 and 20 storey buildings (with 2 LED advertising panels) of up to 550 residential units, basement car parking and cycle parking, plant room and refuse storage.
We will continue to keep an eye on proposals for this site.
Hounslow Council officers have recommended refusal of this application which was to be considered at the Hounslow Planning Committee meeting on 7th September. We are awaiting confirmation of the outcome of the Committee meeting.
We have submitted objections to this over-development at 1-4 Capital Interchange Way which would affect vistas as well as traffic and associated increased air pollution. Many of the reasons given by Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee for turning down the Chiswick Curve application, which we also objected to, apply to the proposal at this site.
The application for this development has now been submitted.
The Minister for Transport has recently intimated outline plans to widen the M4 at its London end which would have implications for many of the major development proposals in Brentford. Proposals to increase M4 capacity for any expanded Heathrow may also have an impact, including a tunnel exit in Brentford or Chiswick.
Pre-application designs for a 92 bus storage depot, workshops and offices, and 3 enabling developments of residential accommodation with 550 residential units are being considered for this site in Brentford, adjacent to the Brentford Football stadium and its enabling developments. The tower blocks proposed are 20, 19 and 18 storeys high, above the bus garage roof. We are considering the impacts for Kew, together with the Royal Botanic Gardens and other amenity groups in Hounslow. Sight lines from Kew may not be affected (at present this is unclear) but we have concerns about lack of infrastructure to support this number of residential units and the traffic and pollution impacts which may result. The intensification of developments in this small area, many high rise contrary to Hounslow’s Local Plan, is a major concern. We are supporting a proposal for a public meeting to be organised by Brentford Community Council. Watch this space!