St George”s plans for the long vacant Kew Bridge site have been aproved.
The site is presently home to an “Eco-village” – a group of protesters who have been living on the site since last June. It has been the subject of a series of applications and expired applications over the years.
The St George scheme will provide 164 homes, a fitness suite and business centre, retail and office space and a cafe or restaurant. The developer has pledged it will create 100 new local jobs. It was backed by West London Business through the consultation, although its design was criticised by CABE, who described it as an “impermeable megablock”. The Brentford Chamber of Commerce on the other hand think it”s better than the “eyesore” it will replace.
The meeting of Hounslow Councils sustainable development committee had to be suspended as the protesters voiced their unhappiness with the decision, but they will now have to leave the site.
See the Hounslow Guardian coverage of the meeting.