Planning Controversy Over Ballymore's New Car Park
508 car spaces "wholly unacceptable" according to GLA
The new car park being built by Ballymore off Dock Road to the south of Morrisons has been causing alarm due to its size and confusion as to whether it has planning permission.
At last week's Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum on 20th June Martin Case of Brentford voice asked what Hounslow intended to do about the situation.
A spokesperson for Planning replied by email that "Applications for the temporary car park and a Reserved Matters Application for the permanent car park are currently in and planners are assessing this. The comments from the GLA reflect the scheme for the temporary car park as originally submitted. Officers are currently working on amendments to the scheme which reduce the car parking to an acceptable level which is in line with the agreed planning obligations that require provision of a temporary car park for the development during its construction.
"We are positive that we will reach an acceptable position with the applicants very soon which will enable us to get it to planning committee. With the level of engagement we have with the applicant to get to the position which has consent, there is limited benefit in issuing a stop notice at this time. Although the work carried out to date is unauthorised, it is within the maximum parameters of the outline planning permission for the site.
"It is unlikely that the changes being sought would require a formal re-consultation of the planning planning application".
The original application approved in August 2016 granted detailed permission for three blocks in phase 1 and outline for the rest of the development which included Block G as predominantly car parking, with a residential, retail and commercial element as applied for in the full application below. Block G was to be a 7 storey maximum with a height of 30m.
In February 2019 Ballymore submitted a planning application for the Dock Road site (also known as “Plot G”) for a nine-storey temporary (for 5 years) car park providing 508 car parking spaces.
Martin Case's question and answer, as well as comments from residents at the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum on 20th June can be viewed at Brentford TV on Facebook.
Martin asked "“Can the council please serve a Temporary Stop Notice to stop the unauthorised building works immediately. This would give a period of time for the council to decide whether to serve an enforcement notice to cease unauthorised works, and would it outline the steps to be taken to remedy the harm. It would also give Ballymore the opportunity to re-think their proposals, in the light of the very clear GLA report opposing the works that they have started without obtaining planning permission first.”
June 27, 2019