Linkenholt Mansions redevelopment on Stamford Brook Avenue approved

Image above: 13-14 Linkenholt Mansions on Stamford Brook Avenue

Renovations will be a ‘net gain’ for the area, say council planners

A LB Hounslow planning committee has approved the redevelopment of 13-14 Linkenholt Mansions, a pair of three-storey Edwardian mansion blocks on Stamford Brook Avenue.

Planning officers had recommended the approval of the application before Thursday’s meeting (9 February), describing the renovations as necessary to align Hounslow with their housing targets, restore the building to a good standard of accommodation and to make the property more energy efficient.

Part of the existing rear extension will be demolished and then three storey rear and rear roof extensions added, to create seven additional flats. The internal layout of the building will be reorganised to provide twelve one-bedroom, six two bedroom and two three-bedroom flats with associated internal and external alterations, bike storage and landscaping.

As well as remodelling the interior layout, developers will make a variety of changes to the fenestration, landscaping, and incidentals (bike and refuse/recycling storage; rooftop antennae etc.), including the provision of roof lights to the northern, southern and eastern roof slopes.

Image above: the site of 13-14 Linkenholt Mansions

Total occupancy will be increased from 39 to 58 persons

The purpose of these extensions and alterations is to facilitate a reorganisation of the existing thirteen flats to enhance the quality of accommodation (some existing rooms have no access to natural light) and to provide an additional seven flats, taking the total housing provision within the building to 20 residential units.

The existing building has 13 flats with a total occupancy of 39 persons. Once redeveloped, the building would contain 20 flats with a total occupancy of 58 persons.

As the mansion blocks are in the Stamford Brook conservation area, there were some objections to the application from people concerned that the new development would be out of keeping with the wider area.

Planners said the continuation of heritage features, such as the black-painted metal balcony railings and timber-framed windows and doors, together with the use of materials to align with existing ones would ensure the extensions remained in keeping with the host property and sympathetic to its historic character.

Fears the renovations would constitute an overdevelopment of the area were disregarded, with planners saying the redevelopment would be a net gain for the area as there would be new, ‘high-quality’ landscaping, five small new trees, eight shrubs and other planting.

‘Unsightly’ aspects of the older building would be removed too, such as antennae on the main roof ridge, redundant guttering and restoration of the building’s brickwork.

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