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
YOU CAN STILL RESPOND TO THE PLANNING APPLICATIONS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF
THE HOMEBASE & TESCO SITES!
Berkeley/St Edward have submitted planning applications to redevelop the Homebase and Tesco sites.
The plan is to demolish the Homebase site, build a new Tesco store on that site, with 2 levels of parking above
(reduction of parking spaces from current 614 to 400) and 473 flats,
and build a residential development on the current Tesco site (1677 homes).
There would be tower blocks on both sites up to 17 storeys!
The population of Osterley & Spring Grove ward is currently about 13,500.
These developments would increase the population by over 40% to about 20,000.
Where are the improvements to infrastructure that such a significant increase in the population would warrant?
If you want to maintain the pleasant green suburban nature and character of Osterley
and not turn it into a blot of ugly tower blocks, then please object!
We are not NIMBYs. We would welcome developments on both sites
that are appropriate for the area and not excessive.
LATEST NEWS ON THE REDEVELOPMENT
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:
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!
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:
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!
16 October 2020
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com).
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and copying them to .
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
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.
15 January 2020
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS ON THE TESCO AND HOMEBASE SITES IN OSTERLEY
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.