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Images of the 3D model commissioned by OWGRA to illustrate the imposing & out of character developments proposed by Berkeley/St Edward on the Tesco & Homebase sites on Syon Lane

                     Homebase and Tesco site redevelopment approved by Hounslow Planning Committee!                   

LATEST NEWS ON THE REDEVELOPMENT

The 3D model of the proposed developments commissioned by OWGRA continued its tour of local venues on Saturday 5 December outside Osterley Garden Centre and on Saturday 12 December outside Homebase. 

20 December 2020

Developer submits new documentation

In the last few days the developer has submitted some new replacement documents as part of the planning application for the redevelopment of the Tesco & Homebase sites on Syon Lane.  The submission of additional or replacement documents is nothing unexpected with such large planning applications. 

The developer is responding to significant concerns raised by the Greater London Assembly (GLA), Transport for London (TfL) and the Council Planners.  The changes are very disappointing, as they do not address the concerns of local residents and OWGRA.

An additional 44 new files (2,058 pages) have been added to the Homebase planning application (P/2020/3099) giving a total of 180 documents!  For the Tesco site there are an additional 13 new replacement files (1,875 pages) giving a total of 49 documents.  The Tesco planning application is an outline application, so less detailed, hence the reason for fewer documents.  If approved, the Homebase site would be redeveloped first, followed by the Tesco site.

We have another 4 weeks to respond to these additional documents (until Wednesday 24 February).

We will be looking through these documents in the next week or so and will contact you after that with advice on how you might want to respond, so please bear with us till then.  

The main changes relate to energy strategy and some minor changes to the junction at Gillette Corner.  

The changes from the developer are relatively minor so most of our objections still stand i.e.

  • Excessive height/massing/density in relation to existing residential areas and the listed Gillette building.

  • Out of character with the area (mainly 2-storey houses).

  • Overdevelopment: adding 2,150 homes in mostly tower blocks (up to 17 storeys) to our neighbourhood of mainly 2-storey houses. The population would increase by about 6,000 which is equivalent to a small town (e.g. the size of Bagshot).

  • Serious lack of decent-sized family homes to meet Hounslow’s dire shortage of 3-4 bedroom homes.

  • Adverse effect on heritage assets (including the Grade II listed Gillette, between the two sites).

  • Inadequate public transport, no improvements to roads, infrastructure and amenities, with no firm plans and funds to upgrade in the foreseeable future.

  • Unacceptable traffic (dangerous / over-capacity at Gillette Corner), route used by ambulances.

  • Environmental impact (increased noise, air pollution, carbon emissions & poor sustainability).

  • No justification for demolishing Tesco and Homebase instead of retaining or re-purposing.

  • Minimal measures to meet Zero Carbon and Climate Emergency measures.
     

Watch this space for more information in early February!

28 January 2021
10 February 2021

We will be providing more details in a few days’ time on how to respond to the new documentation submitted by the developer.  In the meantime you may find this item of interest:

HOUNSLOW COUNCIL’S PURCHASE OF “OFF-PLAN” HOMES ON THE HOMEBASE SITE - A FORGONE CONCLUSION?

At a Council Committee meeting held two days before Christmas, it was agreed that the Council should purchase 164 homes from Berkeley/St Edward at the Homebase site, for council housing purposes.

 

There was widespread concern that this could act as a form of pressure on the Planning Committee when considering the developments.  This led to a call-in of the decision by our own Councillor Unsa Chaudri and others.

 

At an Overview & Scrutiny Committee Meeting at the end of January, it was decided that not only had there been no consultation with Ward Councillors, but that there was inadequate evidence on which to base a decision and agreed to refer the decision back to the original committee.

 

The original Committee met a few days later to consider the recommendations, and although they agreed that in future Ward Councillors should be consulted, it did not consider the detailed points of information shortfall and re-affirmed in full its decision to make the ‘off plan’ purchases.

OWGRA’s Conclusion: We are concerned by the lack of transparency in these Council meetings. We are grateful to our Ward Councillors for stepping in to make sure that Council Committees are run properly and are held to account for their actions and decisions.

You can read the full article here and find the links to the meeting documents and videos.

12 February 2021

A newsletter is currently being delivered to all households in the OWGRA area (most of Osterley & Spring Grove ward) and the Trees Estate (south east of Syon Lane station) with information on how to respond to the new documents submitted by the developer to support their planning applications for the Tesco & Homebase sites.

The newsletter can be found here.

The changes submitted by the developer are minor and very disappointing, as they do not address the major concerns of local residents and OWGRA.  The main changes relate to energy strategy, some minor changes to the junction at Gillette Corner and a change in housing mix at the current Tesco site. For details see here

Our objections remain unchanged:

  • Excessive height/massing/density, in relation to existing residential areas and listed Gillette building.

  • Out of character with the area (mainly 2-storey houses).

  • Overdevelopment: adding 2,150 homes in mostly tower blocks (up to 17 storeys) to our neighbourhood of mainly 2-storey houses. The population would increase by about 6,000 which is equivalent to a small town (eg the size of Bagshot or Egham).

  • Serious lack of decent-sized family homes to meet Hounslow’s dire shortage of 3-4 bedroom homes.

  • Adverse effect on heritage assets (including the Grade II listed Gillette building between the two sites).

  • Inadequate public transport, no improvements to roads, infrastructure and amenities, with no firm plans or funds to upgrade in the foreseeable future.

  • Unacceptable traffic (dangerous/over-capacity at Gillette Corner), route used by ambulances.

  • Environmental impact (increased noise, air pollution, carbon emissions & poor sustainability).

  • No justification for demolishing Tesco and Homebase instead of retaining or re-purposing.

  • Insufficient measures to meet Zero Carbon targets and Climate Emergency measures.

 

Hounslow’s Design Review Panel (HDRP)

 

Two reports were published on 28 January 2021 by the relatively new Design Review Panel set up by Hounslow Council to provide “an independent and impartial evaluation process that assesses the design of significant development proposals, regeneration programmes, policies, briefs and guidance”.

 

We understand that the developer consulted the HDRP at an earlier stage about these proposals but those reports are confidential.

 

We are very pleased to see that many of our concerns and objections are included in the comments from the HDRP.  You can read the most relevant comments on pg 3-4 of our newsletter.  The full reports can be found here

21 March 2021

The planning applications for the redevelopment of the Tesco & Homebase sites will be determined by Hounslow’s 15-member Planning Committee at a virtual meeting on Thursday 8 April, starting at 5 pm.

The planning applications propose to demolish the Homebase site, build a new Tesco store with 2 levels of parking above, plus 473 flats. The intention is to build a residential development on the Tesco site of 1,677 homes. There would be ugly 17-storey tower blocks on both sites. The current population of c 13.5 K in Osterley & Spring Grove ward would increase by over 40% to c 20K.

 

THESE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE REFUSED

We maintain our belief that smaller schemes, at much lower height and density (maximum of 6 storeys), would be an appropriate solution, but it is essential that they must be preceded by completing all transport and roads infrastructure necessary to fully support them.

 

The OWGRA Tesco-Homebase Residents’ Action Group has been working very hard on behalf of the local community for the last 18 months to try to stop these  monstrosities being built in this part of suburban London.

 

OWGRA has submitted further objections to the additional documentation submitted by the developer end January 2021

Here is the OWGRA’s additional objection to the Homebase site
Here is the OWGRA’s additional objection to the Tesco site

9 April 2021

Following an almost 6 hour meeting last night (Thursday 8 April), Hounslow Planning Committee approved the planning applications to redevelop the Homebase and Tesco sites. 

This is dreadful news for the local community.

It was a bizarre meeting.  The Chairman had arranged the meeting so that the objectors spoke before the developments had been proposed!  There were also technical hitches during the virtual meeting.

The carefully researched arguments put forward by OWGRA and others were swept aside, with the need for number of homes (irrespective of quality) trumping all other arguments.

Poor public transport, traffic, excessive height/massing/density, 17-storey tower blocks being out of character with the area, overdevelopment, lack of decent family-sized homes (too many 1-2 bed flats proposed), adverse effect on heritage assets, environmental impact, no lessons of the pandemic taken into account, were all dismissed, as were the critical comments of the development by  Hounslow's own independent Design Review Panel.

 

But this is not the end as the decision has yet to be approved by the Mayor of London, and we will be looking to see what can be done to overturn this awful decision that will see our current lovely green part of London turned into a mass of tower blocks dominating the horizon, and providing substandard accommodation for c 6,000 people if it goes ahead.

The case made for the development by the developer and the Council officers ignored a wide range of very specific key planning issues that we and others had raised before and during the meeting. We will be commenting on this in the coming weeks to show just how badly the councillors on the Planning Committee and the public were misled. It was also evident from the questioning by councillors that few of them had read the detailed concerns, expressed in strictly planning terms, that we had sent them.

Those living nearby will suffer the effects of noise and pollution over the 15-20 years that it will take to construct these developments.

We always meet new people at these exhibitions who aren’t aware of the proposals and they are often shocked at what they see and are motivated to object. 

We understand that these two planning applications won’t go to Planning Committee until spring 2021, so you can still object if you haven’t done so already.  Go to https://thb.owgra.org.uk/how-to-object

Our lovely group of litter pickers cleared 17 bags of rubbish from the Homebase car park in return for us being able to exhibit our model outside their store.

A 3rd printed newsletter on the proposed Tesco/Homebase developments has been delivered to all households in the OWGRA area over the last week, concentrating this time on responding to the claims that the developer has been making in their brochures over the last few months.

(click on the newsletter to view)

22 November 2020

Thank you for your support!


Thank you to everyone who has so far objected to the two planning applications to redevelop the Tesco and Homebase sites. We haven’t quite hit the target of 500 objections and if you haven’t objected yet you still can, even though the official deadline has passed.  Do try to get your objections in by the end of November.  Here are the details of how you can object


OWGRA has submitted very detailed objections to the Council.


Here is the summary of OWGRA’s objections to the Homebase site


Here is the summary of OWGRA’s objections to the Tesco site

Here is the full OWGRA objection to the Homebase site (51 pages!)

 

Here is the full OWGRA objection to the Tesco site (45 pages)

 

If you agree with OWGRA’s objections you can let the Council know that. Even if you have already objected you can also support OWGRA’s objections. Here is how.

We expect these planning applications to go to Planning Committee in the new year, and we will keep you informed via this website.

Thank you for your continued support and help over the last few weeks. Let’s keep up the fight!
 

25 October 2020

Even greater turnout on the second day of the exhibition of the 3D model

Over 90 local residents attended the exhibition outside the Nishkam School of the 3D model commissioned by OWGRA of the proposed developments at Tesco & Homebase sites at Gillette Corner yesterday (Saturday 24 October). The model shows the proposed 17 storey tower blocks dwarfing the surrounding mainly 2 storey houses, the Grade II listed Gillette building and the 6-storey Access Storage building currently under construction at Gillette Corner.

That brings the total number of visitors to the exhibition over the 2 days (22 and 24 October) to just under 150.

Nick Rogers (London Assembly candidate for Hounslow, Kingston & Richmond 2021) tweeted as follows:

“Incredibly impressed by the @OWGRA exhibition on the Osterley Tesco/Homebase development. The model they commissioned shows very clearly how these 17 storey towers will dominate the surrounding area.”


Quote from Richard Eason, Ward Councillor for Osterley & Spring Grove ward:

“Congratulations to OWGRA and the Residents Action Group for an excellent exhibition with a very professionally presented model illustrating the outrageous scale of these development proposals. Yes, we need more homes, but we need them now, not poor quality high rise flats next decade. These proposals have the potential to blight the area for a generation and beyond”

Osterley residents are fighting for their voices to be heard and Hounslow Council and the developers are not listening. Yes to building new homes, but not OK to destroy local livelihoods and obliterate the area. Help us by objecting to these preposterous planning applications and save Osterley and its skyline!

23 October 2020

Great turnout at the first day of the exhibition of the 3D model

Over 50 local residents attended the exhibition of the 3D model commissioned by OWGRA of the proposed developments at Tesco & Homebase sites at Gillette Corner last night (Thursday 22 October). The model shows the proposed 17 storey tower blocks dwarfing the surrounding mainly 2 storey houses and Grade II listed Gillette building.  Also attending were Ruth Cadbury MP and Shaun Bailey (Tory candidate for Mayor of London elections 2021).

Quote from Ruth Cadbury MP:

"I'd like to congratulate OWGRA for explaining the scheme through the professional quality scale model and information boards. It makes it easier to understand the layout and the potential impact of what is a very large proposal on the local area."

 

Quote from Shaun Bailey, candidate for London Mayoral election 2021:

"Londoners want housing developers to provide good homes and stay in keeping with the local area. That's why I'm troubled by the 17-storey development in Osterley and Wyke Green. It's not in keeping with the area and it won't provide enough family-sized homes."

Quote from a local resident:

“The 3D model REALLY shows you the awful impact it would have on the area. You truly get the sense of scale and how dense the development is. Truly shocks to see how it towers over everything. Please take a look if you possibly can make it.”

 

You can see the 3D model tomorrow, Saturday 24 October, from 10.30am to 4pm at the Nishkam School on Syon Lane.  For more information and to book a slot click here

16 October 2020

OWGRA Newsletter

A newsletter is currently being delivered to all households in the OWGRA area (most of Osterley & Spring Grove ward) and the Trees Estate (south east of Syon Lane station) with information on now to object to the planning applications for the Tesco & Homebase sites and how to register to attend the exhibition of the 3D model of the proposed sites on 22 and 24 October 2020.

 

The newsletter can be found here.

10 October 2020

We will let you know by end of next week (18 October) how you can object to the Planning Applications for these 2 sites (Tesco & Homebase)

Meanwhile, you can look at the thousands of pages in the Planning Application documents here:
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20035/planning_permission

and also on our website.


The reference numbers are: Homebase site P/2020/3099, Tesco site P/2020/3100

 

We understand that consultation letters have gone out about the current Tesco site application (P/2020/3100) but not about the Homebase site (P/2020/3099). The consultation area is very small (1/2 mile radius) and we are trying to get Hounslow Planners to increase it.


We currently have until Friday 6 November to respond to the planning applications. 

 

DON’T OBJECT YET!  We’re almost ready to let you know how to object, so watch this space!


The developer delivered a propaganda brochure to quite a lot of households in the area yesterday showing a green and pleasant land and not a hint of the proposed overdevelopment and tower blocks of up to 17 storeys, which would be totally out of character with the area of mainly 2-storey houses and dwarf the Grade II listed Gillette building.  They talk about ‘positive change’, and we will show you that is a claim that is very far from the truth.


We’ll update this website in a week.  Stay with us!

22 September 2020

The Planning Applications for the Tesco and Homebase sites have been submitted!

Hounslow Council are currently uploading all the documents onto the planning portal of their website: 

 

https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20035/planning_permission

The reference numbers are: Homebase site P/2020/3099, Tesco site P/2020/3100

 

The planning documents are also available from our website,

 

The consultation letters are expected to be sent to local residents in the next few days, after which we theoretically have 21 days to respond. 

 

DON’T OBJECT YET!  We will analyse the documents over the next week or so and then give you some guidance on how to object.  So watch this space!

12 September 2020

Still no news on when the planning applications for the Tesco and Homebase sites might be submitted. We don't know the reason for the delay. Could it be that the developer is having second thoughts or is chopping the tower blocks of up to 17 storeys down to our red line of 6 storeys? We live in hope ... 

16 August 2020

OWGRA Newsletter

A newsletter is currently being delivered to all households in the OWGRA area (most of Osterley & Spring Grove ward) and the Trees Estate (south east of Syon Lane station) updating residents of the plans to redevelop the Tesco & Homebase sites on Syon Lane.  The newsletter can be found here

Poster

An A4 poster is available on the back of the newsletter for you to put in your front window.  A larger A3 version is available on request from OWGRA (e-mail info@owgra.org.uk or
phone 07767 826197).

Leaflets from the developer (Berkeley/St Edward) were delivered to local residents in the last few days.  The visuals suggest an idyllic Garden of Eden with no mention of overdevelopment in tower blocks of up to 17 storeys, insufficient infrastructure and amenities.

We understand that the submission of the planning applications for the two sites (initially scheduled for the end of July) has been delayed and is expected in early September.

 

The developer is holding a virtual exhibition over the next few weeks – see https://syonlanefuture.com/

 

DO LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE EXHIBITION (e-mail us at info@owgra.org.uk).

 

Don’t believe what they say about listening and responding to local concerns – they haven’t.  We will be tweeting a long list of FACT CHECKS over the next few weeks putting the story straight.

28 July 2020

Presentation by the developer, Berkeley/St Edward (BSE!), to Members of the LB Hounslow Planning Committee

A mammoth 4-hour virtual meeting took place during the early evening on Tuesday, 28 July when BSE presented their plans for the Planning Committee.  

 

10 of the 15 members of the Planning Committee attended the meeting.  Also in attendance were our 3 Ward Councillors (Tony Louki, Unsa Chaudri & Richard Eason).  A few members of the local community were allowed to observe the meeting, but only Councillors were allowed to ask questions.
We have not as yet received the slides that were used by the developer at the meeting.

 

Proposed Berkely Homes development at Homebase site, Gillette Corner, Isleworth
(before and after pictures)

View from Shell garage at Gillette Corner 

View from GlaxoSmithKline on the A4 (looking westwards to Gillette Corner) 

View from London Road (bottom of Syon lane between the Lion Gate to Syon Park and the Coach & Horses pub) 

3 July 2020

​Developer consulting with local community​

The developer, St Edward, is consulting the local community on their proposed development for the Tesco & Homebase sites, but is not listening!


OWGRA sent a 4-page letter to the developer expressing deep disappointment that the plans shown at the virtual Community Liaison Group (CLG) meeting for a small group of local residents on 18 June had hardly changed since the end of February 2020 exhibitions.

 

High-rise blocks of flats up to 17 storeys are still planned for both sites!
Residents are horrified at the plans and OWGRA is preparing to object strongly to the planning applications. We feel that the developer has totally ignored our views during the consultation period, and that the consultation process has merely been a box-ticking exercise for the developer. 

Objections will focus on:

  • height/massing/density, 

  • out of character with the area, 

  • overdevelopment (2,150 homes in mainly tower blocks in a suburban area of mainly 2 storey houses), 

  • the need for decent-sized family homes, not small flats (post COVID-19 pandemic concerns),

  • effect on heritage assets (including the Grade II listed Gillette building between the two sites),

  • inadequate public transport, infrastructure and amenities, 

  • traffic (dangerous/over-capacity Gillette Corner junction).

17 March 2020

​OWGRA’s response to the 2nd exhibition

OWGRA has sent a 7-page letter to the developer expressing major concerns with the developer’s plans as shown at the 2nd exhibition at the end of February 2020.  (view the letter)


A ‘wish list’ for the two sites has also been sent.  (view the list).


Our main objections can be found by clicking on the more... link. You might like to consider including them in your response to the developer by e-mailing them to hello@syonlanefuture.com and copying them to info@owgra.org.uk .

2 March 2020

​The boards shown at the St Edward public exhibition on 27 & 29 Feb have been published today and can be found here.

13 February 2020

St Edward second public consultation announced for 27 & 29 February. See the Calendar. Brochure available here

A second public exhibition is being held at the end of next week by Berkeley Homes/St Edward to show how their plans have evolved for the redevelopment of the Homebase and Tesco sites since the first exhibition in Oct 2019.

BACKGROUND

15 January 2020

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS ON THE TESCO AND HOMEBASE SITES IN OSTERLEY

Summary

Major redevelopments are planned for the current Tesco and Homebase sites on Syon Lane.  OWGRA will be working on behalf of the local community for developments that respect the character of the area and are not excessive. 

The diagram below, from the developer, is an artist’s impression of initial ideas for the development.

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