Proposed tower blocks near Chiswick roundabout set to be refused

31 August, 2020 / by Matt Smith

Planning permission for a 13-storey tower block just off Chiswick roundabout is on course to be refused by Hounslow Council.

Permission is being sought by Tiger Developments Ltd to demolish the existing building at 250 Gunnersbury Avenue, on the corner of Power Road, and to replace it with a new building that would be part 11, part 12 & part 13 storeys.

Hounslow Council planning officers have recommended that the Planning Committee refuse the application because the proposals have failed to provide a mix of housing that meets with the needs of the borough and that what was proposed wasn’t to an acceptable standard and wasn’t ‘affordable’.

The existing building has been vacant since November 2014 and attempts to lease or redevelop the property in the past have failed.

If the development doesn’t go ahead, it will be the eighth time since February 2009 that a proposed redevelopment for the site has been either refused or not been implemented, according to documents available on the council’s website.

The same documents describe the site as ‘a lost opportunity for an under-utilised brownfield site on a prominent corner plot’.

Images above: the proposed site at 250 Gunnersbury Avenue, the same site whilst overgrown several years ago

Co-living units

If it were approved, the towers would consist of 226 ‘co-living’ units provided in a range of sizes from 20 square metres to 30 square metres.

The buildings would also have over 1500 square metres of internal and external amenity space, a café, dining spaces, kitchens, lounges, a cinema room, a gym, laundry facilities and a range of roof terraces.

Co-living is a modern living arrangement usually for recent graduates and urban professionals who want affordable accommodation and to live in sought-after locations enabling them to integrate their social and working lifestyle.

Image above: a diagram of the proposed plans, artist’s impressions of what the redevelopment might look like inside & outside 

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