London and Quadrant Housing Association (L&Q) finally had their proposal for the development of 441 homes on the site the old Citroen Dealership in Brentford approved in September 2020. Designed by Hawkins/Brown, the development was originally turned down by the Hounslow planning committee in early 2018 and referred to the London Mayor who approved in July 2018.

James Brokenshire, the former housing secretary, decided to have the final say in 2019 following an intervention by the then MP for Kew, Zac Goldsmith looking to overturn the Mayor’s decision. Following a public inquiry, Mr Jenrick approved the proposal.

 The housing secretary concluded that “the benefits of the scheme are collectively sufficient to outbalance the identified ‘less than substantial’ harm to heritage assets he has identified”. However, he noted that any “positive aspects of the design” were “negated” by the fact that daylight levels in 75 of the habitable rooms – mostly living rooms – will fail to meet Building Research Establishment standards.”

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “I am delighted this scheme has now finally been approved. The provision of 441 new homes, 50 per cent of which are affordable, will go a long way to meeting our housing need and our ambitious housing pledge to secure 5,000 new homes by 2022.

L&Q have a proven track record of providing good quality homes in Hounslow and London. I welcome the jobs that will be created during the construction, which will help our local economy due to result of Covid-19 and the collapse of the airline industry.” L&Q have also had 215 homes approved on the site of the Morrisons supermarket, Hounslow High Street back in July 2020.

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