Reynard Mills goes to Pickles

Hounslow Council has raised concerns that an excessive planning application it rejected earlier this year will be rubber-stamped by the Secretary of State.

The council rejected an application to build 275 housing units on the site of the Reynard Mills Trading Estate in Brentford in April. The plans for the estate, in Windmill Road in Brentford, designed by Tate Hindle Design for LP – an Invista vehicle – involve the demolition of buildings.

The council saw the level of development as excessive, and say that the layout and design were out of keeping with the area. They also criticised the amount of amenity space, and potential impacts on traffic and parking conditions in the area.

The developers have appealed the council’s decision to the Planning Inspectorate but the Secretary of State has decided to ‘recover’ the decision and make the final decision himself.

Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “We are doing all we can to encourage more much-needed family homes to be built in the borough, but we have planning policies in place to make sure that they compliment, not conflict with, the local community.

“We believe that, as representatives of the local community, we are best placed to judge what is or is not suitable.”

Brentford councillor Mel Collins said: “We’re open to the idea of housing on the site, but it has to be in harmony with the rest of the area, and not just a way for developers to cram in as many units as possible with no thought for what it would be like to live there, or in the surrounding area, for years to come.”

Savills acted for LP.

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