Change of use sought for ground floor of block next to A4
92-94 Windmill Road, Brentford. Picture: Voikins
A planning application has been submitted to Hounslow Council to allow a medical centre to be opened on Windmill Road.
The private medical facility wishes to use the vacant ground floor space of the block at 92-94 Windmill Road, Brentford, TW8 9NA.
This is currently zoned to be either offices or a showroom like adjacent buildings but the owner has been unable to let it since 2018. The space was being marketed at an annual rent of £89,000 on a fitted basis.
Earlier this year an attempt was made to change the use to allow a retail business to open but the council refused this on the basis that the site was unsuitable and would have had an impact on traffic on the A4.
The new application argues that the medical centre, which is expected to generate no greater footfall at the site than an office would, with just 6-10 patients a day attending, would not have the same impact as a shop. The previous application required a loading bay at the front of the premises, which this one does not.
No significant internal or external changes would be required for the building.
The application argues that the use stipulated in the original planning permission given for the building was not made with the intention of preventing a medical centre of the kind proposed.
Planning permission has been granted and construction works have commenced on site for the erection of a part three, part four storey building. The commercial element comprises the ground floor and ancillary basement, which consists of 4,450 sq. ft. (413.4 sq. m.).
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September 15, 2022