A planning application has been submitted to LB Hounslow to turn the historically significant Old Post Office on Church Street into a studio apartment.
The ground floor area of the the Grade II listed building, is currently derelict. The building is of a notable quality and was built in the eighteenth century, becoming a vital part of the village. It was home to the famous French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau for a while in 1766.
In the Victorian era 6 Church Street was converted into a shop and was used as a greengrocer run by the Spencer family, a baker and a hairdressers before becoming a Post Office in 1942. The double fronted shop windows which remain facing Church Street are thought to have been installed during the nineteenth century.
Image above: the Old Post Office when it was operational in the 1940s; philiosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Consent is being sought to change the use of the building from retail to residential and for internal and external renovations. Because the space is too small for a one bedroom flat, permission is being sought for a studio flat with a rear roof terrace.
The site is within Old Chiswick conservation area, home to many historic properties, with the River Thames at the end of the road.
The ground floor where the Old Post Office used to operate has been vacant for a very long time and was not well looked after by the previous owners. In a heritage report carried out by Condy & Lofthouse Architects, the ground floor is described as being in a state of disrepair and in need of maintenance/ refurbishment works.
The developer has committed to restore the shop front and leave the overall appearance of the building unchanged. If approved, work on the property is due to commence in November 2021 and should be completed by July 2022.
For more information you can see the planning application here.
Image above: the Old post office building 6 Church Street in 2021
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