I WELCOME RESTORATION OF HANWORTH HOUSE BUT 220 DWELLINGS IS A HUGE OVERDEVELOPMENT AND UNACCEPTABLE. IT WILL NOT BE IN KEEPING WITH THE CURRENT STREET SCENE AND MASSIVE LOSS OF GREEN BELT. IT WILL ADD TO HUGE TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS AND WILL IMPACT ON AIR QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT. THIS AREA CANNOT DEAL WITH ANY INCREASE IN TRAFFIC AND THE CURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH WITH THIS MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT, YOU NEED TO DRASTICALLY CUT DOWN NUMBER OF DWELLINGS.
MR JABBAL, TW13
Dear Mr Jabbal,
Many thanks for your comments, which go to the heart of the many of the key issues - so we do appreciate you raising them.
I am glad that you welcome the restoration of the house.
Addressing the issues that you have raised in turn...
1 - 220 dwellings being a huge overdevelopment and unacceptable - unfortunately the costs to repair the house are in excess of £10m. The money needs to come from somewhere if the house is to be saved. The size of the housing development that we have proposed is the minimum quantum of development required, with LBH and Historic England having checked the costs on several occasions to confirm this.
2. - Street Scene - the development has been very deliberately designed to ensure the restored house is a feature and re-connected to the parkland setting. The apartment blocks along Forest Road have also been deliberately designed to be in keeping with the taller industrial buildings and provide a space in between for a group of (much needed) family homes which form their own space but are integral to the park and surrounding buildings.
3 - Loss of Green Belt - although the housing would be built on green belt, as part of the scheme we will be creating access to more than ten acres of restored green belt for all to enjoy. Much of this green belt is currently derelict, inaccessible, or private, and it is noteworthy that the location of much of new housing will where the previous industrial buildings were located until the late 1990's.
4 - Traffic congestion, air quality and environmental concerns - we have undertaken significant studies on these. They are available to see on the Hounslow planning portal. Clearly, there will be more traffic (although we will be encouraging car free travel and living) - but the conclusions of both studies suggest that changes are within reasonable limits.
5 - Reduce the number of dwellings - this is connected to your first point. We have reduced the number of units as part of a continued cost cutting exercise with respect to the restoration of the house and grounds. Personally, I would have preferred to add in Affordable housing but we have been unable to because of the cost constraints. We are now at the point that it really boils down to a development of this magnitude or losing one of the most iconic houses in London. I am firmly of the view that having more affordable high quality homes is a good thing anyway - but being able to save this magnificent house is critical to the historic fabric and regeneration of Feltham.
Again, many thanks for sparing the time to air some of the key issues.