Residents' group says hold fire on commenting until they assess proposals
Visualisation of the Osterley Place development
The formal applications for two huge developments in the Brentford and Isleworth area have been submitted to Hounslow Council
The developer, Berkeley/St Edward wants permission for two linked schemes at the Homebase site and Tesco’s in Osterley.
Consultation letters are expected to be sent to local residents in the near future, after which there will be up to thirty days to respond.
OWGRA (Osterley & Wyke Green Residents’ Association) continues to have serious reservations about the scheme and has described the plans as ‘Manhattan Comes to Osterley’.
OWGRA says, “We/local residents are not NIMBYs. We would welcome developments on those two sites that respect the character of the area (mainly 2-storey houses) and are not excessive. Our red line is buildings up to 6 storeys high, which is the height of the Access Storage building currently being constructed at the site of the old Shell garage at Gillette Corner (in keeping with the height of the Grade II listed Gillette building opposite). Tower blocks of up to 17 storeys on both the Tesco and Homebase sites, as proposed by the developer, certainly don’t fit the character of the area.”
Visualisation of the new Tesco store on the Homebase site
The two applications contain 15,000 pages which are being review by OWGRA, Brentford Community Council and Brentford Voice. Their advice to residents is to await the results of this review before making any comments on the proposals. They hope to publish recommendations on how to respond within two weeks.
The documents relating to the application have been published on the OWGRA web site to make them easier to access than they currently are on the council’s site.
The reference numbers for the applications are Homebase site P/2020/3099, Tesco site P/2020/3100.
You can access the Design and Access Statement for the Homebase site here and the same document for the Tesco site which the developer has named Osterley Place here. Both documents, while containing a significant number of CGI visualisations of how the developments might look have few which give any impression of how their scale might look in context.
There are 1670 units proposed for the current Tesco site, a Tesco store and 480 units on the Homebase site which objectors say is a significant over development of the area. There is also dismay at the height of the scheme. Buildings of over 17-storeys will tower above the predominantly two storey residential buildings in the vicinity. There are also concerns that the schemes are not compliant with the Local Plan and the London Plan.
Drawing of Homebase site from developer
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October 2, 2020