Ballymore want to use building as restaurant or creative space rather than a gym
Three related planning application have been submitted to Hounslow Council for the site of St. Lawrence’s Church.
The Church is now within the land (Plot A) to be developed as part of Ballymore’s Brentford Project. A chapel was established there in the 12th century and the tower of the Church dates back to about 1480 making it by far the oldest remaining structure in Brentford.
Ballymore say they now wish to make the area around the Church ‘a key community and commercial space, as well as a hub for residents of the development’.
They already have permission for the change of use of St Lawrence’s Church to provide a residents’ gym and swimming pool as well as the development of Plot A for 18 apartments and public open space.
Under new proposals the south side of St Lawrence’s Church will still open out onto new community gardens but Ballymore are now proposing to preserve and restore the Church and increase the range of uses to which it could be put. Options include a nursery or café and restaurant, workspace or other creative use. They are not seeking approval to use the Church for any residential purpose. The changes to the original plan have received a cautious welcome from local residents’ groups.
View of planned design from the High Street
The proposed swimming pool would now be relocated to the east of the plot and would be open air reducing the need for additional structures. A gym would be built immediately to the east of St Lawrence’s Church and separate from it. There would also be a seven storey building with 18 flats at the site.
They plan to bring the original churchyard into the public realm, organised into two distinct gardens: a ‘wild garden’ which will have informal planting with a woodland character and a ‘cloister garden’ which will feature a walkway surrounding quieter, shade planting under the retained trees. Pedestrian access through the open space would be maintained.
The boundaries of the three planning applications are shown in the illustration below together with some further information on each planning application.
Comments on these planning applications should be submitted to LB Hounslow by 15 July.
The most convenient way to submit your comments is to send an email, quoting at least one of the three planning reference numbers, P/2020/1834, P/2020/1885, and P/2020/1869
You may wish to send copies of your emails to the three local councillors:
as well as the Chair of the Planning Committee: email@example.com
Each of the planning applications is supported by a number of documents which provide further information. If you would like to refer to these then please go to the Hounslow Planning Portal, accept the Terms and Conditions, click on Search planning applications, and enter one of the planning reference system numbers (e.g. P/2020/1869) in the first box of the search menu.
Concerns have been raised by some local amenity groups that applications may not be valid because residents will not be properly consulted during the lockdown due to notices being placed in a newspaper not circulating in the area. Current government advice to local authorities is that sites like BrentfordTW8.com should be used when existing methods of publicity are not adequate.
July 3, 2020