There are two proposed property developments which are likely to have an impact on Gunnersbury Park.
The B&Q store and car park to the south of Gunnersbury Park, beyond the cemetery and the railway line, close to the Gunnersbury Roundabout, is the site of a planning application called “Hudson Square”. Hudson was the name of an American car company which built a factory there in 1925.
Hudson Square is yet another local development which relies on the Park to provide a back garden for its new residents, and this one even goes so far as to suggest that it has made no provision for children of 12+ on its site because they have the Park to go to, with all its “play and recreation facilities”.
We have lodged a letter of protest on behalf of the Friends, which you can read here.
Another site which has an impact is the proposals from Transport for London to build blocks of flats along Bollo Lane. In this case the contentious building is the 25 storey block sited by the northern of the two level crossings. No heights have been published, but on the basis that each floor is 3.2 metres high it will be 80 metres, on land that is 9.7 metres above the ordnance survey base line. This means that it will be about 70 metres above the level of the Terrace (the Chiswick Curve would have been 100 metres above the level of the Terrace). It will be harder to sustain the argument that it intrudes into the experience of visitors to the Park because it is so far away (the Curve would have been between the B&Q site and the Roundabout itself and much more intrusive).The TFL proposals are still open to public consultation, so there is a chance local people will be able to change the final scheme. You can read more about it and make comments at https://tinyurl.com/wuwl9f3. The deadline for your comments is 12th February.
And finally .. the Chiswick Curve has not gone away. The Minister rejected his Inspector’s decision and refused permission. The developers are now at the High Court claiming that the way the Minister made his decision was flawed. If they win, it goes back to the new Minister to make the decision again, in a government led by a Prime Minister who enthusiastically backed tall towers when he was Mayor of London.
21st January 2020