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Brentford & Isleworth MP has given her backing to campaigners seeking to protect the Park Road Allotments in Isleworth after a recent visit.

Along with local councillor Salman Shaheen, she met with allotment holders who have been resisting plans by the Duke of Northumberland Estate to develop the site into housing.

Despite the failure of a planning application to get approval early this year, further attempts are expected to develop the site and the plot holders told the MP of the distress that this uncertainty was causing them.

During her visit, the MP was informed about the human and wildlife benefits the allotments have brought for over 100 years.

Hounslow Council has offered to take over the site from the Duke of Northumberland’s Estate to manage as a permanent allotment site.

The estate says that the development would have provided much needed housing particularly for key workers and that all allotment holders were offered a new plot.

Speaking after her visit Ms Cadbury said, ‘‘It is simply wrong that the Duke of Northumberland Estate is trying to close down these historic and much-loved allotments. They provide essential green space for residents, where they can grow their own food, meet other plot holders and enjoy the outdoors, as well as being a haven for wildlife. The plans by the Duke of Northumberland Estate to close the allotments show no regard for our local community nor for the protection of local biodiversity.

“I was pleased that Hounslow’s planning committee has refused both attempts by the estate to bulldoze the allotments and build housing, especially as there are plenty of other brownfield sites locally with potential for new housing.

“I will continue to work with allotment holders, local residents, councillors and community groups to oppose these deeply damaging proposals.’’

The Park Road Allotments. Picture: Val Snewin


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August 11, 2022

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