8 Essex Place
An application (00418/8/P4) for a new building providing flats and ground-floor offices was submitted in January 2018.
The application was approved in 2018. No development has yet taken place (2022).
Empire House, 408 – 430 Chiswick High Road and surroundings
(00248/408-430/P1) Permission granted in April 2015 for the comprehensive redevelopment of the site for residential led mixed use development, including alterations and additions to Empire House, erection of a 7/8 storey block and four 3-storey townhouses on Essex Place and a 5-storey block on the corner of Essex Place and Acton Lane, creating a total of 137 dwellings.
Judicial Review launched by local resident with support from community groups including WCGS. A complete new application was submitted by Lend Lease in February 2016 (application 00248/408-430/P2) with very minor changes.
This second application was approved by the Planning Committee in May 2016 but was withdrawn by the applicant in June 2016 so that permission reverts to P1.
An article in the local media in November 2016 reported that Sainsbury’s had acquired the freehold of its carpark and suggested that the two companies had been in exploratory talks to see if there was a way forward towards a comprehensive development of the combined Sainsbury/Lend Lease site. A further article on W4 in March 2017 indicated that Hounslow Council was seeking investors to redevelop the site surrounding the supermarket at international property conference MIPIM in Cannes .
While there has been no activity on site for months and marketing has ceased, enquiries of the developer and the Council concerning the consented scheme have drawn a blank.
The Society, along with other local residents’ groups, considers that the depressing sight of the empty shops in a key parade within the town centre and of the car-parks with the felled trees is causing harm to the visual amenity of the town centre and the Turnham Green Conservation Area and could well be having a negative impact on local businesses.
Conduit House 309-317 Chiswick High Road
(00248/309-317/P8) Demolition of existing building and the erection of a 5-storey building with total of 21 residential units plus commercial space, basement car park and landscaping was refused in December 2015 but allowed on appeal in August 2016.
Another consented scheme which is not being progressed with the result of yet more empty shops.
Demolition work is now underway (November 2018).
Construction was completed in 2020.
Bond House 347- 353 Chiswick High Road
(00248/347-353/PA1) Prior Approval granted for conversion of office to residential August 2015. (00248/347-353/P27) Permission was granted April 2016 for change of use from office to medical.
Conversion of this building is complete and the Medical Centre is open.
367 Chiswick High Road (Labour Party HQ)
(00248/367/P6) Application for conversion of ground-floor offices to residential withdrawn in March 2016. WCGS requested that any future development should not entail harmful changes to the exterior of this unique and historic building. (00248/367/P7) Permission was granted for modified proposals in September 2016.
396-400 Chiswick High Road
An application to replace the existing retail building with a new building comprising ground-floor retail and 5 floors of residential (00248/396-400/P21) was approved in 2020. No development has yet taken place (2022).
492-496 Chiswick High Road
(00248/492-496/P7) Erection of an additional floor and reconfiguration of the internal layout of the existing first floor to provide in total 7 self-contained residential units was refused in June 2015. (00248/492-496/P8) New application for slightly modified proposal was refused in December 2015 and an appeal was dismissed in July 2016.
New applications with further modifications (00248/492-496/P9 and P10) were approved in 2017.
Construction was completed in 2021; the ground floor is occupied (2022) by a furniture shop.
500 Chiswick High Road
(00248/CY/P1) Demolition of 500 Chiswick High Road and 30-32 Chiswick Road. Redevelopment to provide 61 residential units, including 5 town houses, plus office space, a basement level and cycle and car parking with landscaping. Permission was granted in July 2014. Application for changes (00248/CY/P2) including increase to 69 residential units, layout, detailed design and landscaping; permission was granted August 2016.
Construction well advanced; further changes to uses on ground-floor/basement approved in July 2017.
Construction completed in 2018.
510 Chiswick High Road (formerly Institute of Advanced Motoring)
(00248/510/PA1& 2) Approval was granted for conversion of offices to 21/23 residential in March/April 2016. Applications for modifications including addition of windows (00248/510/P1) and 3 storeys (+6 units) (00248/510/P2) still in progress in March 2017; that for infill of undercroft (00248/510/P3) was withdrawn in September 2016.
Modified proposal (00248/510/P2) for addition of 2 floors (4 residential units) approved in April 2017 bringing total number of residential units to 27. Work is in progress.
512-18 Chiswick High Road (Mortlake House)
(00248/512-518/P31) addition of 2 storeys to provide an additional 4 maisonettes. The building is currently retail (Halfords) at ground level plus 5 storeys of residential (20 flats). Application was refused December 2013 and an appeal was dismissed in July 2014.
A proposal (00248/512-518/P32) to add 2 floors (8 residential units) was approved on December 2016. Work is in progress.
Work was completed in 2018.
Chiswick Business Park: Pedestrian Bridge
New applications were submitted to LB Hounslow (00248/D/P62) and LB Ealing because the 2012 permissions had been allowed to lapse. WCGS commented especially with respect to link to occupation of Building 7. Application was approved by LB Hounslow Planning Committee in December 2015 – with no deadline and no link to Building 7; Legal Agreement was still not signed by February 2017.
Legal Agreement signed in May 2017; construction underway with footbridge expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The Society attended the opening ceremony for the footbridge.in January 2019.
Chiswick Business Park: Parking for Spectators at Brentford Stadium
Spectator parking was approved in 2021 with Conditions: a maximum of 500 cars and phased use so that car parks adjacent to Silver Crescent will be used last.
Chiswick Business Park: The American International University in London
A change of use application (00248/D12/P2) to permit relocation of the university campus from Richmond to Building 12 in Chiswick Business Park was approved in November 2021.
The Building (office block next to the Gunnersbury pub)
(00248/578-586/P14, P15 and AD3) Applications for change of use of the ground floor of this building from office to retail were submitted in October 2017. A Co-op local store was proposed. The Society is pleased that the application was approved by Hounslow Council in January 2018 with conditions relating to deliveries.
Having a local Co-op store here has been much appreciated by the local community, especially during the covid pandemic.
Gunnersbury Public House
An application (00248/590/P14) to add 5 flats, 2 at the back and 3 at the front was approved in May 2020 and a new application (00248/590/P15) to add balconies to the 1st and 2nd floors of the “billiard hall” extension was approved in December 2020. In the latter case design changes were requested by the Society and a suitable amendment was made to the plans. Further modifications (00248/590/P16) were approved in June 2021. Construction is in progress (February 2022).
1 Arlington Cottages
(01094/H1/P3) Proposal to build a 3-bed house in the rear garden of this Listed building.
This application was approved in 2019 but further proposed changes were refused.
58B Wellesley Road
(01177/58B/P11) Proposal to replace roof with an extended glazed top storey.
This application has been called in to the Chiswick Area Forum (November 2018).
The application was refused but an appeal was granted in 2019. A further application to increase the height of the extension (01177/58B/P12) was refused and an appeal dismissed in 2020.
Gillian Court, Cambridge Road North
Applications (00197/C/P1 and P2) for a third-floor extension to this block of flats were approved in August 2018. Construction has been completed.
Applications (00197/C/P3, P5 and P7) to replace one of the garages to the rear of the property with a dwelling were refused in November 2018, December 2019 and June 2021 and the associated appeals dismissed in July 2019, September 2020 and September 2021.
2 Thorney Hedge Road
An application (01121/R/O2/P4) to build a house on garden land to the rear of this property was refused in April 2020 and the subsequent appeal dismissed in February 2021. A second application (01121/R/O2/P5) with a modified design was refused on several grounds in October 2021.
Gunnersbury Close, Grange Road
An application (02293/A/P1) was submitted in October 2021 as part of the Council’s scheme to develop Affordable housing on the parking and garage sites that are located on Council-owned land. The Society supports the Council’s strategy of optimising the use of its own estates to provide more much-needed affordable homes.
The Society supported the principle of building residential accommodation on the site of the garages at Gunnersbury Close as part of that strategy but raised issues on several aspects of the proposals.
Oxford Court, Oxford Road North
An application (01177U/P1) was submitted in October 2021 as part of the Council’s scheme to develop Affordable housing on the parking and garage sites that are located on Council-owned land. The Society supports the Council’s strategy of optimising the use of its own estates to provide more much-needed affordable homes.
The Society supported the principle of building residential accommodation on the site of the garages at Oxford Court as part of that strategy but objected to the specific proposals.