Changes proposed to two of Chiswick’s Conservation Areas

Image above: Bedford Park; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Ealing Council is considering changes to the borders of two Conservations Areas in Chiswick, which could have a significant impact for residents.

The Council has been conducting a review of all its Conservation Areas including Bedford Park and Acton Park, which they say is to establish whether the boundaries should be redefined and if any additional planning controls or guidance is needed to help preserve and enhance the special character of the area.

Interested parties are being consulted on the proposed changes for both Conservation Areas and the Council is inviting responses to specific questions. After a preliminary consultation and a decision by the Council, there will be another formal, statutory consultation before the Council adopts the plans which have been outlined.

Bedford Park Society supportive of proposals

The Bedford Park Society has alerted its members to the proposals outlined and is supportive of the changes, which include:

– Extending the Conservation Area boundary to the western end of Fielding and Blandford Roads up to The Avenue, including Ormsby Lodge

– Formally recognising certain buildings of particular interest as “key unlisted buildings” because of their design, form, elevations and/or historical integrity. These are Bedford Park Mansions, Sydney House, the parade of shops on Bedford Corner and specified houses in Fielding Road and Esmond Road

– Introducing an Article 4 Direction to ensure certain types of minor developments affecting 39-45 Esmond Road are brought back under the control of the Council and are considered through planning applications.

– Providing further practical design guidance to help deal with some of the key developments affecting the Conservation Area, covering roofing alterations, windows and doors, brickwork, extensions, outbuildings, fences and boundary treatment.

A recommendation made by the Conservation Area Advisory Panel to extend the Conservation area in Esmond Road to include the onetime Local Authority flats/houses in order to provide protection from any future development was not supported by council officers, but residents are asked to comment.

Image above: map showing existing boundaries of Bedford Park Conservation Area

Acton Green proposals

The proposals for Acton Green include:

– Removing the Beaconsfield Estate from the Conservation Area boundary on the basis that this modern estate (1970s) is very different in character from the rest of the Conservation Area which is Victorian / Edwardian in nature.

– Formally recognising buildings which contribute positively to the area. These include the locally listed buildings at 1-24 Fairlawn Court, Acton Lane and those defined as “positive indicators” – The Vicarage, 41 South Parade, St Albans Church, Rusthall Mansions, Esmond Gardens, Nos 79-81 South Parade, Nos 12-44 Acton Lane and 5-10 Hardwicke Road

– Introducing an Article 4 Direction for the Conservation Area, and providing further practical design guidance to help deal with some of the key developments affecting the Conservation Area, such as alterations to windows and doors.

The Conservation Area Advisory Panel’s proposal to add the triangle of land between Fairlawn Avenue, Fairlawn Grove and Ravenscroft Road to the Conservation Area boundary is not supported by council officers due to the differences in design and age of the houses compared to the rest of the Conservation Area.

For further information about the Bedford Park Society, email: information@bedfordpark.org.uk or check the website: www.bedfordpark.org.uk

The Bedford Park Society is encouraging residents to give their views on the proposals. Residents need not respond to all the proposals; they can respond to singular proposals if they so wish.

The questions where responses are invited, together with an explanation for each change, are set out on Ealing’s planning portal. Responses can be sent to: localplan@ealing.gov.uk

The deadline for the current consultation is 18 March.

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