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London mayor rescues rejected Hawkins\Brown housing scheme

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Sadiq Khan has stepped in to rescue a rejected 427-home Hawkins\Brown scheme in west London

The mayor of London decided to intervene by taking over planning powers after Hounslow Council refused permission for the scheme at Capital Interchange Way in Brentford.

Backed by developer L&Q, the scheme would see five towers built to house retail and office space as well as the homes, 40 per cent of which would be affordable.

Khan said: ‘I have been clear that I will use the full range of my planning powers to help get London building the new and genuinely affordable housing we so desperately need.

‘This rejected application in Brentford already delivers a good number of affordable homes, but by taking it over, it gives me the opportunity to work with the housing association, L&Q, to increase the levels even further.’

Hounslow’s decision comes after the council rejected a three-tower, 550-home scheme from Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design on an adjacent site on Capital Interchange Way.

Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design's proposal for 550 homes on the neighbouring Capital Interchange Way site

Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design’s proposal for 550 homes on the neighbouring Capital Interchange Way site

Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design’s proposal for 550 homes on the neighbouring Capital Interchange Way site

A decision notice said the aLL Design towers ‘by virtue of their location, scale, and design would cause serious harm to the significance of a range of designated heritage assets including listed buildings and conservation areas’.

Khan will consider the Hawkins\Brown scheme at a representation hearing at City Hall later in the year, after Hounslow Council advised the mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the proposals. 

The mayor said: ‘I will, of course, weigh up concerns raised about the impact on nearby heritage sites with the pressing need for more new and affordable homes in London.’

Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran said he respected the mayor’s decision to call in the Hawkins\Brown scheme.

’We share the mayor’s commitment to provide more affordable housing, not only to meet the target in Hounslow but in the rest of London,’ he added. ’We will continue to work with the mayor to ensure we provide the best possible housing for the residents of the borough.’

Hawkins\Brown and aLL Design have been contacted for comment.

Map showing rejected schemes: (1) Scheme for 427 homes by Hawkins\Brown (2) Scheme for 550 homes by ALL Design

Map showing rejected schemes: (1) Scheme for 427 homes by Hawkins\Brown (2) Scheme for 550 homes by aLL Design

Map showing rejected schemes: (1) Scheme for 427 homes by Hawkins\Brown (2) Scheme for 550 homes by aLL Design

 

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  • Speaking as a local resident, it would be great if Sadiq Khan can sort out the shambles in Brentford caused by the lack of a coherent Urban Design or co ordinated decision making. LB Hounslow’s excuse is always that they are protecting “heritage assets” including Kew Gardens and the Thames riverside.

    LBH say they have no money for design or positive planning. It’s an “opportunity area” so do what you like, ignoring the neighbours, or the wider community. And then they wonder why that community doesn’t trust the Local Authority?!

    There are about 7 firms of architects involved, and working together they could produce a fabulous urban quarter around the existing and proposed assets, “heritage” and otherwise. A pro bono weekend working conference could start the ball rolling in the right direction for the eventual benefit of all concerned. Who will take the lead? RIBA? GLA? Lord Rogers of Riverside?

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  • Forget all the heritage and and listed buildings excuses, it looks like gross over-development to me - certainly unsuited family living. One must also ask if the 60% of non-affordable flats are going to be high spec, sold to foreigners as investments, and largely left empty? If so, it is THAT issue that needs to be addressed before anything else.

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  • It might be that the 60% is pay for the 40% to be affordable? And the land concerned is too small and already overpriced to be affordable family housing? It is what it is, and we can only make the best of it?

    Sounds defeatest, but that’s often our task these days.

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