Second Phase of Brentford Waterside Development Approved21 January 2015
The second phase of a 520 home waterside development in Brentford has been approved by Hounslow Council and Mæ Architects appointed to design the latest phase of buildings.
The second phase of work at Brentford Lock West will see 141 new homes built and new commercial space created along Commerce Road. The site is owned by ISIS Waterside Regeneration and includes an area of land between Commerce Street to the west and the Grand Union Canal to the east. In March 2012, outline planning application for the whole site was approved by Hounslow Council. The outline application, which consisted of around 500 dwellings, commercial space and a watersports hub, showed that the development would be implemented in a five to seven year programme and detailed schemes for each part of the site would be submitted in separate phases.
Final approval for the detailed Phase 2 plans was granted on 22nd December and consists of two residential blocks, with a selection of four bedroom town houses and one, two and three bedroom apartments, at the centre of the site.
IWA Middlesex Branch has followed the development. The Branch submitted no comments on the second phase planning application as it felt the plan’s details were in compliance with the approved regulatory plans and planning parameters. The Branch was also generally supportive of Phase 1 development, which has included towpath improvements, new mooring rings and smart card service bollards for boaters. However, the Branch did question CRT and ISIS’s installation of a floating pontoon on the dock edge. It was revealed this had been installed without planning permission, which was then applied for retrospectively. The pontoon was placed at its current location to provide a launching site for the paddle sports hub that is temporarily located close by. It has been agreed that the hub will not remain here and IWA Middlesex Branch advised the Council that if it intended to grant retrospective planning permission for the pontoon, it should only be temporary until the hub moves as in its current position the pontoon prevents boats from mooring in front of the Brentford Lock West marketing suite. As such the pontoon has planning permission until February 2019.
On completion of Phase 2, the northern part of the site, designated for commercial use, will be developed, followed by the provision of affordable housing in the final phase.
ISIS Waterside Regeneration is jointly owned by CRT and MUSE Developments. Half of its returns are re-invested by CRT to maintain and enhance waterways in its care.
Photo: Phase 1 buildings alongside the Grand Union Canal at Brentford