Five storey apartment block at Hogarth Roundabout set to be approved

Image above: 1 Burlington Lane (source Google Maps)

A planning application to repurpose a five-storey office block into a residential complex is being recommended for approval by LB Hounslow planners.

The site, 1 Burlington Lane, is occupied currently by an office building accommodating 5,838sqm of office floor space which fronts onto the Hogarth Roundabout. It is the southern section of what has historically been referred to as the McCormack buildings. The portion to the north, known as Axis House or 3 Burlington Lane, is home to the 162 room Premier Inn.

Proposals include the erection of a roof extension accommodating nine new family-sized residential units and a communal roof terrace, together with a minor enlargement of the elevations and various changes to the facades. The proposal also involves a series of internal alterations to the existing building and the provision of four new car parking spaces together with cycle storage and refuse/recycling provisions for each of the units.

Internal alterations are planned at ground and mezzanine levels, including rearrangement of the changing rooms, upgrading of lift sizes and widening of internal doors to waste/recycling area, and relocation of waste and recycling storage facility to a dedicated existing outbuilding in south-west corner of the site (with additional capacity for nine new flats).  Four new car parking spaces will be added, an increase from 80 to 84 spaces – including a repositioned disabled bay, and an improved cycle storage provision.

The building is in the Chiswick House Conservation Area, but is itself not listed. The conservation area is focused on the Grade I listed Chiswick House and its related landscaped gardens, grounds, outbuildings and monuments, many of which are also listed. Also in close proximity to the site is the Old Chiswick Conservation Area, which has a frontage to Burlington Lane directly opposite the site, beyond Chiswick flyover.

Image above: the site at 1 Burlington Lane (taken from LB Hounslow)

Objections unlikely to hinder approval

A total of 234 neighbours were notified of the proposals on 24 September 2021, a site notice was put up on 8 October 2021 and a press notice was published on 6 October 2021. 15 responses were received by planners, including 13 in opposition, one in support and one expressing no view either way.

Objections ranged from health and safety concerns by residents about heavy duty vehicles using the road during building; concerns about increased parking strain in surrounding area and increased noise/ air pollution to the area during construction in the short term and in long-term from new vehicular traffic.

Addressing these concerns, Hounslow planners claim large vehicles already use the access road; they say pavements are safe for pedestrians and a restriction on parking permits would be secured through a legal agreement to manage the impact of any parking strain. Planners say that temporary disruption during build period is inevitable and construction hours can be restricted by condition.

If approved the developers say they would use insulation and installation of air source heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels to achieve an on-site reduction in CO2 emissions of 61%. While it has ‘not been possible’ to achieve zero carbon onsite, planners feel the maximum possible reductions have been achieved and a payment of £17,432.00 would be made to offset this, secured via a legal agreement.

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