Chiswick Terrace to be demolished to make way for 5-storey block

Image above: view of proposed development from Essex Place (Picture: Corstorphine + Wright Architects and KIPC)

Modern-looking development would replace existing mid-20th century build

A planning application has been submitted to demolish Chiswick Terrace, which runs from 1-15 Acton Lane, to make way for a five storey mixed-use building.

The existing site is behind the Old Packhorse pub and includes businesses such as Chiswick Dental, Chiswick Camera Centre, Chiswick Security, G-Force Hair, Planet Solutions, Tree of Life Framing, The You Clinic and national bathroom chain CP Hart.

Located between Acton Lane and Essex Place, the proposed development site comprises of approximately 0.12ha of land and is occupied by six, three-storey, flat roofed, linked buildings constructed in the middle of the 20th century with nine flats above the shop unit.

The replacement building would match the height of the Old Packhorse and echo the triangular design. It would be stepped down as it approaches the pub with a roof terrace and balconies looking south. The developers say this arrangement would reinstate the Old Pack Horse as a keynote building.

Nine dual-aspect two-bedroom flats will be included in the scheme – two to each floor and a single, fully accessible, unit on the ground floor. The access to the apartments is proposed to be from Essex Place via a lobby served by a concierge with both lifts and stairs are provided to enable fully accessible accommodation.

Four levels of office accommodation would be provided to the right-hand side of the building, as viewed from Acton Lane.

Image above: proposed structure (top), existing site (bottom)

Current building “not attractive” says leaseholder

Shops along the existing site have been given the option to surrender their lease.

Shop units would continue to be situated on the ground floor of the new development with offices and flats above and a gym in the basement. The offices would be closer to the Old Packhorse. There would no longer be loading areas for the shops at the rear but more retail space would be provided facing Essex Place with the shops on Acton Lane getting deliveries from a new loading bay.

Andy Sands of the Chiswick Camera Centre said :

“Our plan is to accept an option to surrender our lease and then find new premises locally to move into. We have no plan not to continue our business going forward as we have been an established business locally for a long time. I

You can make a comment and see more details about the proposals on the the planning section of Hounslow Council’s website. Search for reference P/2022/1138.

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