Hounslow Borough’s Allotments - Planning

April 23, 2018 3:17 PM

Hounslow Council's Local Area Plan includes a review of existing sites allocated for building, including building on Park Road Allotment Gardens, despite the various existing plan policies that contravenes.

The Park Road allotments are identified as open space and an Asset of Community Value in the Local Development Plan. However, the designation does not prevent this privately owned land being built upon.

Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland, has submitted plans via Northumberland Estates, which manages the Duke's interests, to build 127 homes on the plot next to his Syon Park estate in West London.

The plans, which do not include any affordable housing as defined by planning guidance, are strongly opposed by the local community.

Last year, Hounslow Planning Committee rejected proposals for the development despite the Council's planning officers recommending approval.

The Duke has previously faced opposition to develop­ment plans at Alnwick, his country residence in Northumberland. In 2014, proposals for more than 200 new homes in the town were opposed but subsequently given the go-ahead.

The Park Road Allotment site is the last remaining part of Old Isleworth that is undeveloped. There have been allotment gardens on this wildlife haven since at least 1915 and the site forms part of the historic setting for the 600 year old All Saint's Church.

Once this tiny remaining part of Old Isleworth is developed, it will be lost for all future generations.

Joe Bourke, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Brentford and Isleworth said "Allotments and Metropolitan open land are continually under threat across the borough. These amenities are highly valued by the local community, as evidenced by the long waiting list for plots. Their preservation as community assets is worth fighting for."

"Hounslow Liberal Democrats will be running a stand at the Shrewsbury Walk Market off South Street, Isleworth next Saturday (28 April) where we will be collecting signatures for a petition against the proposed development of the Park Road Allotments. Please do come along and support our campaign to preserve this site."

Please click here to add your signature to our petition.

Notes to Editors:

Link to Planning inspectorate appeal (case reference 3192092)