The Society strongly endorses the emphasis in the Local Plan on “improving the appearance of the borough and the quality of life for our residents” and confirms the importance of the promotion of local character, including protection and enhancement of Conservation Areas. We believe that our part of the borough is a good place to bring up children, to run a business and generally in which to live. As a Society, we try to ensure that these positive attributes are maintained.
The Society participated in the Council’s consultation on the Context and Character studies and our comments in January 2013 emphasised the need to protect the character of our residential streets.
We also contributed to the preparation of the Local Plan, adopted in 2015. Chapter Six, Context and Character includes policies on Context and Character, Urban Design and Architecture, Tall Buildings, Heritage and Advertisement Panels, Hoardings and Structures. The Local Plan is available under Planning Policy on the Council’s website:
The Design and Conservation section of the Council’s website contains information on urban design, conservation areas, Listed buildings and Hounslow’s local list
The Society’s area includes the following Conservation Areas: Thorney Hedge CA (No 25), Wellesley Road CA (No 26) and part of Turnham Green CA (No 19).
The appraisals for all of Hounslow’s conservation areas are currently (2018) being reviewed and updated. The Society is contributing to this review. The updated appraisals for Thorney Hedge CA and Wellesley Road were adopted by the Cabinet in October 2018 and are available on the Council’s website.
That for Turnham Green is now being reviewed.
A local list is a list of buildings or sites which are recognized for their contribution to the local character and distinctiveness. Hounslow is currently in the process of updating the local list and invited residents in early 2018 to nominate buildings and other structures that they considered merited addition to the list. As part of the process of updating the list, new selection criteria have been developed to help assess additions to the list. An updated version of the existing list has also been produced as part of the process. These are available on the council’s website:
Consultation on a “short list” is expected to be carried out early in 2019.
The Council is now (January 2019) consulting. We are pleased that most of our nominations have made it to the list of proposed additions. We are currently studying both the “yes” and “no” list entries in more detail and will be responding to the consultation.
In responding in March 2019 we suggested several amendments to better describe entries and requested reconsideration of the non-inclusion of some of our nominations such as Fromow’s Corner.
A group of members of the Society came together as a “heritage team” and worked on nominations for buildings both within West Chiswick and Gunnersbury and within the wider Chiswick area. We submitted 20 nominations for West Chiswick and Gunnersbury and 8 for Central Chiswick and we endorsed 12 nominations submitted by others.
A West Chiswick and Gunnersbury
Gunnersbury Baptist Church and Manse, corner of Wellesley Road and Burlington Road
Gunnersbury Baptist Lecture Hall (former), Sutton Lane North
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Harvard Road
Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church House, Harvard Road
Churchdale Court, Harvard Road
The Pilot Public House, 56 Wellesley Road
The Queen’s Head Public House, Sutton Lane North
Connolly’s Bar, 450 Chiswick High Road
Brentford and Isleworth Labour Party HQ, 367 Chiswick High Road
Nursery – former Church of Christ Scientist, Marlborough Road
Fromow’s Corner, Wellesley Road
Syon House, 1 Harvard Road
2-20 (even) Grange Road and 13 Grange Road (Wembury House)
19, 21 23 and 25, 27, 29, 31 Wellesley Road
.62 – 88 Wellesley Road
41 Burlington Road
Arlington Park House, Sutton Lane North
HSBC Bank, 281 Chiswick High Road (see photos in PDF)
Power Road Studios, 114 Power Road
Chiswick Studios, 9 Power Road
B Central Chiswick
Chiswick Public Library, Dukes Avenue
Barley Mow Centre/Devonshire Works – former Sanderson factory, Barley Mow Passage
and Dukes Avenue
Caffe Nero, 386 Chiswick High Road
273-279 Chiswick High Road
Sworn & Co, 174 Chiswick High Road
Chiswick Tram Depot (former), 74 Chiswick High Road
Killick and Co (former Parr’s Bank), 23 Chiswick High Road
The Chiswick Timeline, Turnham Green Terrace
C Nominations submitted by others, endorsed by WCGS
We did not send our own nominations for these buildings in order to avoid duplication of resources.
Arlington Park Mansions
Army and Navy Depository (former), Heathfield Terrace
George IV Public House, 185 Chiswick High Road
Statue of Hogarth, Chiswick High Road opposite junction with Turnham Green Terrace
Drinking Fountain, entrance to Chiswick Back Common, Turnham Green Terrace
Former Duke of York PH, 107 Devonshire Road, W4
Chiswick Baptist Church, Annandale Road, W4
Cattle Trough, Stamford Brook Common
Café Rouge (Former Steam Packet PH), 85 Strand on the Green
Pier House (former laundry) Strand on the Green
95, 96, 97 Strand on the Green