Ballymore CPO Inquiry Started Today

Case laid out for purchase of Land South of Brentford High Street

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A Planning Inspector opened the public inquiry this morning into the compulsory purchase of the land required for Ballymore development south of Brentford High Street.

The public inquiry is a chance for objectors to explain why they are opposed to the CPO and for the council to justify why it needs the land.

Ballymore owns about 93% of the land it intends to build on for the development.

Today Hounslow put forward its case including:

  • the development plan history of the site up to the present.
  • Council's Chief Planning Officer (Interim), Marilyn Smith's assessment concluded there is no reason why Block D application should not be granted planning permission.
  • Ballymore has over £33 million of liquid funding to cover costs of land acquisition and compensation. £90 million has already been spent on site costs. Construction will be funded from senior debt and equity.
  • The stopping up order (of Catherine Wheel Road and others) has been applied for and does not take part of the inquiry.
  • The lands all listed on the CPO are all necessary for the development.
  • Mr Sayer of CBRE explained that contact has been made with every landowner within the Order and virtually all have engaged in dicussions and have been made offers of compensation.
  • The impacts of the CPO on owners and occupiers are being mitigated as far as possible.
  • The Scheme will deliver substantial environmental, economic and social well-being benefits.

The inquiry is likely to go on until Thursday this week hearing from representatives of Hounslow (to finish), Port of London and Town Wharf on Wednesday, and NatWest on Thursday.

Next week will includ Goddards and the Diocese of London on Tuesday, Southern Electric Power Distribution and Fuller on Wednesday. Thursday is kept available.

The inquiry takes place at Best Western Plus Park Grand London Heathrow, 449 Great West Road, Hounslow TW5 0BU. The public are welcome to attend as observers.

Final CPO land map
Map of relevant land, from St Lawrence's church east to Beacon Works and Thames Path

LB Hounslow's statement, full map and listing of land to be purchased can be downloaded from their website.

The Planning Inquiry schedule and list of documents can be accessed here.


October 3, 2017

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