Syon Park to Appeal Planning Refusal

The development of Park Road allotment site up for decision again

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An appeal was lodged on 29th January against the refusal of planning permission for the development of Park Road allotments and their relocation to Syon Park.

Residents who wish to comment on this appeal must do so by 12th March. Comments are to be made to the Planning Inspector at entering 3192092 (new development and 3192086 (Syon Park new allotments) as the case numbers.

The Isleworth Society have instructed a barrister to prepare their case. They are asking for local views to be expressed to the inspector. Hounslow Council will also have appointed a barrister to defend their refusal

The references in full are APP/F5540/W/17/3192092 and APP/F5540/W/17/3192086.

When the planning was refused Christine Diwell commented on behalf of the Isleworth Society: "Isleworth residents led by The Isleworth Society persuaded Councillors to overturn an officer recommendation to grant permission to build 127 properties on allotment land cultivated for over 100 years, and provide a much interior facility within the Syon Estate.  The latter would have desecrated an historic, Capability Brown landscape beside the Robert Adam designed Lion Gates". 

Northumberland Estates, which was the entity acting for the Duke of Northumberland. had made two linked applications, one for proposed development at Park Road Allotments (P/2016/0717) and the other for alternative site for allotments in Syon Park (P/2016/0716).

The first application would have resulting in the building of of eight blocks of three- and four-storey buildings to create 119 flats and eight houses. These would be owned and managed by Northumberland Estates to provide private rented sector (PRS) housing with the revenue going towards maintenance of Syon House.

Site diagram

Location of Park Road Allotments
Site of Park Road allotments (Google)

The proposals met with opposition from current allotment holders who said that the alternative site was not suitable.

View from west
View into the crescent

The replacement 37 allotments would have been in between the Lion Gate and the Duchess Gate path.

Allotment site

1,187 people signed the petition to save Park Road Allotments and the allotment holders have a Facebook page.

March 2, 2018

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