Plans for larger events at Chiswick Business Park have locals worried

Local residents have voiced their concerns at proposals by Chiswick Business Park to start holding larger scale events.

The company which manages the site, Enjoy Work, has put in a planning application 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.

Matt Coulson, CEO of Chiswick Park EnjoyWork, hand-delivered a letter to some addresses in nearby Silver Crescent. The letter indicated the park has applied to vary the licence with events “primarily taking place in their (Guests) lunchtime as well as a few early evenings”. 

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.

Image above: Chiswick Business Park; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Events would constitute ‘a significant noise nuisance’ say locals

Local residents group the West Chiswick an Gunnersbury Society, say there is ‘a serious mismatch’ between the reassuring tone of the letter and the proposals outlined in the application.

The current licence permits plays, films, performance of dance, live music, recorded music and anything of a similar nature on Fridays from 10.00 to 16.00 and live and recorded music or anything of a similar nature on Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00 – limited to no more than one Sunday in any one calendar year. Capacity for any event is set at 500.

The West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society asks:

‘Is the Chiswick Business Park suffering from an identity crisis? It does not seem to know whether it is a business park, a spectator car park or an event venue.’

‘The Society is raising this matter because, when events are held on the plaza, especially those involving activities with amplified sound, they can be heard within properties in the neighbouring residential streets at a level which constitutes a significant noise nuisance.

‘The possibility of these events happening over extended hours on any day of the week or weekend is therefore of great concern, as is the increase in capacity. We would encourage local residents to submit comments to the Council before the deadline of 13 April 2021.’

The West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society is encouraging local residents to object and comment on the changes via LB Hounslow’s licensing panel. They have said they are ‘seeking clarification’ from EnjoyWork on the proposals.

Images above: Chiswick Business Park; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Changes will have a “very low” impact on the local area – EnjoyWork

A spokesperson for Chiswick Park Enjoy Work told The Chiswick Calendar:

‘We have applied to vary our premises license for Chiswick Park. If granted, it will extend the hours for the existing licensable activities including at weekends.

‘We foresee limited use of any extended hours, which will have a very low impact on the activity of the business Campus and the local area. If the application is granted, we will also have numerous new conditions on the premises license to ensure there is no disruption to neighbours.

‘Our annual programme of events will continue to support the wellbeing and engagement of our Guests primarily taking place in their lunchtime as well as few early evenings. We will also continue to welcome the local community to join our key events while providing a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.’

If you would like to view the application or leave a comment, you can click here for the LB Hounslow licensing webpage. The specific application in question can be found here.

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