Housing Secretary approves plan to build 2,150 homes on Tesco Osterley site

Image above: Proposed plan for current Tesco Osterley site

Michael Gove overrules planning inspector to approve development

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given the green light for a 2,150-home development on the site of a former Homebase and Tesco in Isleworth. He overruled the decision by a planning inspector, who had recommended refusal for the development on the grounds that some of the buildings were too high.

The planning application was made by St Edward Homes, a joint venture company owned by M&G Investments and Berkeley. They are proposing 16 blocks of up to 17-storeys on the two sites at the Tesco and Homebase sites on Syon Lane.

The plans on the current Tesco site would bring 4,500 new residents to the area over the next fifteen years. The Planning Inspectorate advised buildings of up to 20m high would “result in serious harm to the character and appearance of the area.”

Local councillors have always been against the plans due to a number of concerns, saying:

“Transport and infrastructure are significant concerns at these sites.”

They presented their arguments against the development in 2022 to the planning inspector. In the letter they say:

“As ward councillors, we are not against any development, but are averse to the schemes that are not fit for the area, for the needs of local residents. Representatives should expect the best for their residents and the future occupiers of any homes developed.

“We should not settle for less, and urge support for a development in a location which would be above sufficient in terms of quality and the infrastructure to support it.”

Image above: Proposed new Tesco site

Tesco will be moving from its current site at Osterley to the site on the A4 which is currently occupied by Homebase. There will be a car park for 400 customers at the site and facilities that could house a GP surgery are being built within the new Tesco store.

Across the two sites there are currently 925 retail car parking spaces. When the Tesco Osterley site is redeveloped there will be 525 residential car parking spaces created.