Council set to make decision on Chiswick Business Park events

Chiswick Business Park and the residents who live nearby will find out on Tuesday evenng (29 June) whether the park will be permitted to hold larger events than they do currently.

The company which manages the site, Enjoy Work, has applied to Hounslow Council be able to hold events with up to 999 attendees on a regular basis. The application states no more than 12 events per year would exceed 999 persons, with those exceeding 499 attendees requiring a risk assessment and management.

Hounslow Council’s licensing committee is set to make a decision on Tuesday evening.

The planning application requests a time slot of 12.00pm to 22.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 14.00pm Saturday to Sunday for the showing of films.

Other events, such as plays, live music and dance would be allowed to take place between 12.00pm to 21.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 14.00pm Saturday to Sunday. The sale of alcohol would be allowed outside in the Events Plaza from 12.00pm to 22.00pm Monday to Sunday.

The licensing committee will consider the representations from both the applicant, Enjoy Work, and over 70 local residents who have objected to the plans. The overwhelming concerns of residents is that there might be a marked increase in noise pollution, public nuisance and litter.

Image above: Chiswick Business Park; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Increase in events ‘unsuitable to the area’, say residents

Residents in the immediate vicinity of Chiswick Park have voiced their concerns about the proposals. Over 70 representations from individual residents are listed on the licensing panel’s meeting agenda. Among them is Brian Dowd’s objection, in which he says:

‘The proposed new license will likely lead to the following situations which are not acceptable:

Unsuitable to increase the number of outdoor events allowed in a venue that is surrounded by residential developments;

Increased pedestrian traffic through my and my fellow flat owners’ residential estate; potential for increase in anti-social behaviour in surrounding area due to lack of public toilets, etc; increase in noise pollution both during the week and at weekends; increased noise during the day while our residents are trying to work from home;  increased litter – putting extra strain on our limited cleaning resources (Hounslow Council won’t offer extra street cleaning on our side of the Bridge – as we come under Ealing Council)’.

Brian’s comments are echoed by the vast majority of other objections. Another resident, Miri Stanbury, says:

‘My garden backs onto the business park. I strongly oppose this application as this is a residential area and the noise levels that currently come from the business park are already loud and stressful.’

Other objections fall along the lines of the increase in potential number of events and timings, an increase in noise from music/screenings films, safety issues due to overcrowding, public nuisances due to loud/ drunk people, litter, lack of toilet provision, increased pedestrian traffic and the presence of drug dealers.

Image above: Chiswick Business Park; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Plans do not fundamentally change area, says Chiswick Park

In response to residents’ concerns, Keystone Law, on behalf of Chiswick Park Estate Management Ltd, issued a statement aimed at allaying their fears. They added the application is not an attempt to convert Chiswick Park into an entertainment venue or fundamentally change its style of operation.

Chiswick Park Estate was ‘pleased not to receive any representations from statutory authorities’ but is ‘conscious that a number of local residents have objected with concerns which need to be addressed. The objectors mainly fall into two camps: those living on Colonial Drive and those living the other side on Silver Crescent.’

Rather than comment on each representation in turn (due to the high volume of responses) the statement instead comments on the general issues raised.

If the application is approved then the sale of alcohol will carried out directly by Chiswick Business Park, rather than them relying on existing third party premises. Given residents concerns about the sale of alcohol until 10.00pm, the statement claims ‘the applicant is prepared to reduce the hours sought for the sale of alcohol to 21.00 throughout the week’ and ‘there is no intention to increase the number of events.’

On the increase in noise pollution, the statement claims noise from events will be ‘adequately considered to ensure that local residents and office workers (who are on site 24 hours a day) are not disturbed by amplified sound or the noise of the attendees.’

A ‘noise management plan’ will be put in place for outdoor events which include, amongst other steps, the use of ‘Line Array Systems’ which ‘focus any sound on the audience to avoid sound dispersal and to reduce low frequency noise which can be an issue.’

On the issue of litter, the statement claims:

‘The licence holder shall ensure sufficient measures are in place to remove and prevent litter or waste arising or accumulating in Chiswick Park and Colonial Drive.’

To read the rest of the statement, or find out more about the application on Hounslow Council’s website you can click here.

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