Hounslow Borough’s Allotments

May 1, 2018 12:12 PM

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

Park Road Allotments - portraitRalph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland, has submitted plans via Northumberland Estates, which manages the Duke's interests, to build 127 homes on this Metropolitan urban land next to his Syon Park estate in Isleworth. 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.

Northumberland Estates have filed an appeal with the planning inspectorate. The Isleworth Society has been granted Rule 6 status for the purposes of the hearing and will take the lead on opposing the application with the aid of barrister representation.
The Public Inquiry is due to be held in October this year over a number of days at the Free Church in Boston Manor Road, Brentford.

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.

Hounslow Liberal Democrats were collecting signatures for a petition opposing the development last weekend at a farmers and gardeners market in South Street, Isleworth.

Joe Bourke, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Brentford and Isleworth and local council candidate for 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. There preservation as community assets is worth fighting for."

The Lib Dem petition calls on Hounslow Council to comply with its statutory obligation to provide adequate allotment plots in the borough and, to this end, to investigate the feasibility of an application for compulsory hiring of the Park Road Allotment Gardens Isleworth, in accordance with the provisions of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908.

Charles Rees, a retired barrister and Liberal Democrat council candidate for Homefields Ward in Chiswick said "Hounslow Council have the power if they wish to exercise it under s.39 of the 1908 Act together with Schedule Part II of the 1908 Act, Provisions for Compulsory Hiring of Land by Councils. These parts of the 1908 Act are still extant. Hounslow Council is a competent authority to exercise these powers under the Act by virtue of being a borough council. The Smallholdings Allotment (compulsory Hiring) Regulations 1936 also apply; they deal with the procedures involved in a Council compulsorily hiring the land for allotments."

Please sign our petition to show your support:

Park Road Allotments Petition

Notes to Editors:

Link to Planning inspectorate appeal (case reference 3192092)