area to become Conservation Area?
support plans to preserve industrial heritage
The Kew Bridge
area looks set to become a Conservation District following a meeting of
local councillors last night. The Brentford and Isleworth Area Committee
voted in favour of plans to grant the status to the area between the Stam
Museum and Kew Bridge Station. The final decision will be taken by Hounslow
Council's sustainable development committee, who are unlikely to vote
against the wishes of local councillors.
will have an impact on developers St George, who have announced plans
for a major development on the Thames next to Kew Bridge.
of respondants to the survey were in favour of giving the area Conservation
District status, which places greater demands on householders and
businesses to maintain the appearance of their property. The plans
were also backed by a number of national bodies including English
Heritage and the Victorian Society.
Victorian buildings in the area, including Kew Bridge Station and
the Steam Museum, were picked out for special mention in the report,
which also acknowledged the importance of the cottages in Green
Dragon Lane, originally built for employees of the Kew Steam Works.
The importance of the area to London's road network was also noted.
Bridge Steam Museum - worth preserving
4 June 2003
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