New Plan Submitted To Build on Park Road Allotments

Less than half the existing site to be reserved for plots

A visualisation of the planned development
A visualisation of the planned development


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Northumberland Estates has submitted an application for a new plan to build on the allotments in Park Road, Isleworth. It says that the revenue from the development will go towards the upkeep of Syon Park and Syon House.

They are proposing to develop 80 flats on the site and retain an area at the southern end for allotment holders.

The development includes a concierge service based in a gate house at the main entrance.

Of the eighty apartments, 54 will be available at market rent, 13 at London Living Rent and 13 at London Affordable Rent making the proportion of the development classed as affordable 32.5%

The buildings would range from two to three storeys with dormer accommodation.

A visualisation of the planned development
A visualisation of the planned development

The site is flanked by the West Middlesex Hospital car park, the car park of Charlotte House care home and the back gardens of homes on Snowy Fielder Waye to the West. To the east is Park Road and the wall and established trees with Syon Park and to the south is All Saints Isleworth. The site sits within the Isleworth Riverside Conservation area.

The currently area of the allotments is 1.17ha and has 37 official full, half and quarter size plots. Some plots have been unofficially subdivided over time, and form a total of 49 separate plots currently.

The allotments are recognised as an asset of community value (ACV) December 2015 - December 2020.

Parkroad Allotments
Park Road Allotments. Picture: Facebook

It is claimed in the developer’s submission that the number of plots that are still being cultivated can be squeezed into the new smaller area to be set aside for allotments.

The developer states that two events have been held with allotment holders to discuss the plans.

Map showing allotments size before and after development
Map showing allotments size before and after development

The plan also includes a proposal to link to the All Saints Church access road and re-establish a walking route through to the Thames.

A previous attempt to develop the site was rejected by the borough planning committee having been recommended for approval by planning officers. An appeal against the rejection was declined in 2018. The inspector reasoned that it was the intention of Capability Brown and Robert Adam to allow the general public to view the vistas across Syon Park where the allotments were to be resited and that the scheme went against this aim. In that plan, which had a larger number of apartments, some houses and buildings up to four storeys high, the allotments were to be moved to a new site within Syon Park.

Pre-application discussion have been held with Hounslow Council planning officers and the submission made with the application states they are in broad agreement with the principles of the application.

An online public consultation was undertaken in October 2020 on the outline proposals with 326 unique views of the project web site and 38 responses received via the online survey. The developer does not state whether these were generally for or against the plan.

The planning reference is P/2020/4292. You can find further details of the application and make comments by visiting this page.

December 18, 2020

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