Citroen Garage Site Capital Interchange Way, Brentford

Citroen Garage site at Capital Interchange Way, Brentford (Hounslow Council resf P/2017/4692 and 01508/A/P6, Richmond Council ref 17/4104/CON and GLA reference D&P/4279)

Update 19/09/2018

Zac Goldsmith MP has written to the Secretary of State at our request to ask him to call in the Mayor’s decision in favour of this development and consider it alongside the adjacent Chiswick Curve application on which the Inspector is due to submit his report by 22nd October. The application has been called in.

Update 28/08/2018

The London Mayor has approved the revised planning application after making a site visit to check vistas for the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Mayor particularlry referred to the increased provision for affordable housing.

Whilst we support the drive to increase affordable housing, we remain concerned that the height of the buildings and the density will adversely affect historic vistas from the World Heritage Site and air quality in the area. We are therefore considering further pressing for call-in by the Secretary of State.

Update 21/07/2018

We gave evidence and answered questions from the London Mayor at the Public Hearing held yesterday. You can see the proceedings here:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/public-hearings/citroen-site-public-hearing

John Ricketts on behalf of the Kew Society gave his evidence about 1 hour and 36 minutes into the hearing if you wish to look at the recording. Alongside the London Borough of Hounslow, Historic England, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Brentford Community Council we presented our evidence citing relevant planning requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework, the London Plan and Hounslow Council’s Local Plan. We asked the Mayor to reject the revised proposal and, like Historic England, confirmed we would ask for call-in by the Secretary of State to reconsider should the Mayor decide to approve the scheme.

You can see the evidence we submitted in writing  here: Citroen site Kew Society written representation for Hearing

And the notes John used for speaking here: Citroen site representation hearing speaking notes

The London Mayor will be making a site visit towards the end of August to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to see for himself the potential harm to vistas from the World Heritage Site. He undertook to make his decision within 5 days of the site visit and to notify us and others who spoke of his decision.

Update 13/07/2018

In discussion with resident groups north of the river – Brentford Community Council, the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society and the Strand on the Green Association – we have submitted our further representations objecting to this proposed development. You can see our representations here: Citroen site redevelopment
We support the reasons for objecting given by Historic England and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as the reasons for refusing the application set out by Hounslow Council. We identify the key concerns as including the over-development of this small site, the aggregate effect of this proposal alongside other major redevelopment proposals in adjacent locations, the impact of the proposed cluster of unattractive tall buildings in this location, the adverse impact on vistas from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the river Thames, the adverse impact on traffic congestion and consequent air pollution, the strain on public transport in the area, the adequacy of road widths particularly with the planned Cycle Superhighway and the adequacy of supporting infrastructures particularly access to GP medical facilities.

We will be speaking at the Hearing at City Hall on 20th July.

Update 08/07/2018

We are submitting further comments reinforcing our earlier objections. We will speak at the Representation Hearing, which is open to the public, at City Hall on 20th July. The agenda for the Hearing with the Officer’s report and recommendation to the Mayor will be on the GLA website here 7 days before the Hearing: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/public-hearings/citroen-site-public-hearing

Update 01/06/2108

The developer has now submitted revisions in support of this application, including provision of 441 residential units (an increase of 14 on the previous application); provision of 50% affordable housing, including an increase in the number of family units within the rented tenure; an increase in the height of Building 3 from 15 to 17 storeys; an increase in size of 5 of the houses from 2 to 3 bedrooms; relocation of the residents’ gym to the north-east side of the site; relocation of the energy centre; alterations to windows and glazing to increase daylight levels; reduction of on site parking by 6 spaces to a total of 63; an increase in cycle parking spaces by 196 to a new total of 881 spaces.

We are considering making further representations to oppose the over development of this site.

Update 03/03/2018

The planning application was refused permission by Hounslow Council but has been called in by the London Mayor. The development is within a new “Opportunity Area” identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 7,500 new homes and 14,000 new jobs. The Mayor is looking to increase the proportion of affordable housing and has said “I will of course weigh up concerns raised about the impact on nearby heritage sites with the pressing need for more new and affordable homes in London.” The application will be considered at a hearing at City Hall later this year.

Update 04/01/2018

We have submitted objections to the redevelopment of this site which would  provide a mixed use scheme of 427 residential units (Class C3) including 40% affordable housing with ancillary facilities, flexible uses (within Classes A1, A2, A3 and B1) and a nursery (Class D1). It would comprise buildings of 12, 13, 15, 16 and 18 storeys in height, with associated cycle and car parking, playspace, landscaping and public realm improvements. We focused our comments on the need  to consider this scheme in the context of the aggregate effect of the large number of proposed developments within the small area between Kew Bridge Station and Chiswick Roundabout,  including the new Brentford Stadium (buildings up to 17 storeys), the proposed Capital Interchange Way development (three tower blocks up to 20 storeys high), L&Q’s Wheatstone House development near Chiswick Roundabout, the Chiswick Curve (currently in appeal) and the proposed Hudson Square development on the north side of Chiswick Roundabout. The future of the Fountains leisure Centre may also be uncertain.  We commented that the key issues were:

  • the proposed scheme contributes to the massive over development of this small area;
  • this results in a cluster of tall and frankly, in aggregate, unattractive tower blocks;
  • the prospect of a material and exponential increase in traffic congestion and pollution where the South and North Circular arteries – and the A4 leading westwards – are already frequently heavily clogged. Pollution levels are already in excess of legal limits in the proposed area;
  • a strain on public transport
  • a deleterious effect on vistas eastwards and northwards from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the historic river front.

We said attention should also be paid to the adequacy of health and other services given the large proposed increase in local population, particularly the availability of increased GP practices and the adequacy of road widths for the anticipated increase in cycle traffic from all of the schemes.

We referred to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Hounslow’s Local Plan provisions in support of our objections.

Update 30/08/2017

The developers for this site are holding a public exhibition to seek views on their proposals before a planning application is made to Hounslow Council.

You can see what is proposed here: https://homesforbrentford.commonplace.is/

The exhibition is at Brentford Leisure Centre on Tuesday 5th September from 11.00 – 19.00 and on Thursday 7th September from 16.00 to 19.00.

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EVENTS

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2013

    David Nash took Kew Society members on a fascinating tour of his exhibits in Kew Gardens

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2013

    Led by Colin Lomas, a local art historian. "A chance to enjoy an artistic stroll through Chiswick en

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2013

    Local Architectural Historian (and Kew Society member) John Moses kindly agreed to lead members on a

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2013

    Richard Deverell, the new Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew agreed to talk to us about his

  • Wed
    21
    Aug
    2013
    6:00 pmKew Gardens

    Kew Society members were treated to an exclusive after hours tour of Kew Palace and the recently ren

  • Mon
    06
    Jan
    2014
    6:30 pmSt Anne's Church Kew Green

    Many thanks to all who organised yet another fabulous 12th Night Party.

    We had almost 70 people enjo

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2014
    10:45 amKew Gardens

    Sara Redstone, Plant Health & Quarantine Officer at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew kindly offered

  • Sat
    29
    Mar
    2014
    11:00 amMarble Hill House, Twickenham

    John Moses, Chairman of the Marble Hill Society, kindly offered to lead a private tour for our membe

  • Wed
    30
    Apr
    2014
    1:15 pmRichmond Park

    Our spring season of events began with a wonderful tour of the Royal Ballet School in April, which h

  • Thu
    15
    May
    2014
    7:30 pmThe Barn Church, Atwood Avenue.

    A very popular Hustings was once again hosted by The Kew Society and expertly chaired by Malcolm Wel

  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014
    7:00 pmKew gardens

    Fun at Sunset for all the family!

    We were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to host a picn

  • Mon
    22
    Sep
    2014
    5:00 pmKew Gardens

    Exclusive Members only walk with Tony Kirkham, Head of the Aboretum.

    We were thrilled when Tony agre

  • Wed
    15
    Oct
    2014
    6:45 pmBarn Church, Attwood Avenue

    The Kew Society AGM was held on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at the Barn Church, Attwood Avenue.

    The

  • Mon
    10
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pmGood Wine Shop in Kew

    Pippa Hayward from the Good Wine Shop in Kew devised an introductory wine course especially Kew Soci

  • Tue
    06
    Jan
    2015
    6.30 - 8.30pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    The Kew Society Annual 12th Night Party

    The committee was delighted to welcome many of our members t

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015
    5:00 pmThe Jodrell Lecture Theatre Kew Gardens

    The Jodrell Theatre in Kew Gardens was packed to capacity to hear a fascinating talk by Susanne Groo

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    10:00 amRiverside, Kew to Richmond

    Jason Debney from the Thames Landscape Strategy led a group of Kew Society members on a fascinating

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015
    7:15 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond

    The Richmond Society and The Kew Society hosted a

    GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS to MEET ALL THE CANDIDAT

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015
    2:00 pmSandycoombe Road, St Margaret's

    Private Guided Tour of Turners House

    Exclusive to Kew Society Members

    Sunday May 10th 2015

    We were d

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015
    11:00 amKew Green

    Kew Fete 2015

    11am - 6pm

    The Kew Society will be displaying the winning photographs from their schoo

  • Mon
    22
    Jun
    2015
    8pm - 9.30The Good Wine Shop Kew

    Wine Tasting Course for Kew Society Members

    "Classic Regions of Europe"

    The course took place over f

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    4pm - 8pmPensford Field

    Pensford Field and The Kew Society Summer Picnic Party

    We are delighted to be joining forces with th

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 - 15:00St Anne's Church

    There will be a Table Top Sale at St Anne's Church, Kew Green, TW9 3AA.on Saturday 4th July, 10.00 a

  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2015
    8:00 pmCoach & Horses Hotel, Kew Green

    Need help with House Plant problems ?

    Look no further - Richard Ward (ex Kew Gardens student and Kew

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2015
    11:00 amKew Green

    Celebrating 71 years of the Kew Horticultural Show!

    It is one of the few produce shows in the London

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    2:00 pmOsterley House

     

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    The Kew Society's second visit to Osterley House this year was a real treat.

    The

  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2015
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    The National Archives have kindly opened their doors for The Kew Society to host their AGM.

    Entrance

  • Mon
    09
    Nov
    2015
    6:00 pmThe National Archives

    You may have noticed that some trees which the council maintains along our roads or in our open spac

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amRichmond

    The Kew Society members & guests were treated to a fascinating tour of the Poppy Factory.

    For over 9

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amRichmond

    Richmond Theatre is turned 116 in 2015 and they ran a series of tours. The Kew Society were lucky en

  • Wed
    06
    Jan
    2016

    Dear Members

    We have decide to 'ring the changes' this year and hold a 'Leap into Spring' party on M

  • Mon
    08
    Feb
    2016
    7:30 pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    'Zoffany in Kew'

    The Kew Society is delighted to be joining with the Friends of St Anne's and The Ri

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016
    7pm - 9.30pmSt Anne's Church, Kew Green

    David Weeks

    Kew Society members & guests celebrated the 1st day of Spring with a wonderful party and a bit of a

  • Mon
    14
    Mar
    2016
    7pm-8.30pmSt Annes Church Hall

    David Allister, Richmond Council Head of Parks and Open spaces gave an excellent talk to the Kew Soc

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmSt Anne's Church Hall, Kew Green.

    Don't miss this fascinating talk on Capability Brown, or to address him correctly,  Lancelot Brown, 

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    11:00 amSyon Park, Brentford.

    Private Tour of Syon House and Garden

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    Following on with the theme from the talk on May 4th, The Kew

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    11 am - 2 pmMeet outside the Cricketers Pub, Kew Green

    'Thames Towpath Clearance'

    Volunteers are needed for our first 'Thames Towpath Clearance'. We are ai

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    11am - 6pmKew Green

    The Kew Society has been running another photographic competition with the junior schools of Kew,

    Th

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    6.30pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

    The talk by Emma Hall and Roger St Paul, West London Waste Authority,
    on Waste and Recycling was the

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    10am - 2pmKew Village

    Kew Village Market Aug 2016

    We had a great morning at the Kew Village Market with many members coming to chat and we signed up

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    9am - 6pmCamberley

    Sandhurst tour

    Sandhurst horse

    Wednesday 10th August found a happy band of members up with the lark to board their coach and trav

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    10:45 amThe National Archives

    These tours are now full. We hope that we will be able to book more dates in the future.

    We are deli

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    12 noonKew Green

    The Kew Society will be having fun at the Kew Horticultural Show, now in its 72nd year!

    Come and see

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmSt Annes Church

    Explore inside St Anne’s

    The Kew Society is pleased to offer an opportunity to tour the interior of

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    The Kew Society is delighted to offer the opportunity of a non-stop return river cruise  aboard the

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2016
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Restoration of The Great Pagoda

    Talk by the Royal Historic Palaces about the project to conserve the

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    7:15 pmJodrell Theatre, Kew Garden

    Melvyn Bragg

    We are delighted that Melvyn Bragg has offered to give a talk to our members about how he first bec

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond

    The Richmond Society and The Kew Society are jointly hosting a By-Election Hustings.

    Free Admission

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    The National Archives 'Behind the Scenes' tours  on January 21st are sold out. Three further dates a

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    Wednesday February 22nd 2017

    Alexander Road by Caroline Blomfiedl 2011

    (Photo by Caroline Blomfield 2011)

    At the National Archives, Ruskin Av

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Annual Party is on Saturday February 25th, 7pm

    We are delighted to invite our member

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    These tours are now full.

    We will be requesting further dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@k

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm.

    'A Riverside View of Georgian London'

    'The past and

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    This tour is now full, we will be requesting new dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@kewsocie

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    The Kew Society committee is calling an EGM to:

    1. approve the changes to the constitution of The Kew
  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    You are invited to attend a public meeting on local air pollution.

    MASC (Make Air Safe & Clean) brin

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

     

    This tour is now fully booked.

    To add your name to the waiting list - click the link here 

    There a

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

     Talk by Simon Inglis (author, Played in London)

    Putney to Kew

    "Charting the heritage of the world’s

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    6:15 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    We are delighted to offer our members a private guided tour by The Historic Royal Places of The Kew

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    Your chance to hear the local Parliamentary candidates' views and then ask your questions.

    Pre-submi

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes'

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    11am - 6pmKew Green

    Once again the Kew Midsummer Fete is coming to Kew Green and The Kew Society will be having a stall.

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017
    6:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Summer Party is on Saturday July 29th, 6pm

    We are delighted to invite our members an

  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amLondon Wetland Centre Barnes

    We were delighted to have the chance to offer our Members the opportunity to enjoy an early Sunday m

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    10am - 4pmThe National Archives

    To celebrate 40 years in Kew, The National Archives are opening their doors. There will be many free

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

     

    West London Waste and Recycling team gave an eye-opening presentation to Kew Society members in Ju

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    9:15 amWestminster

    Members are invited to enjoy a free tour of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Westminster

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

    We are delighted that Lucinda Ganderton has agreed to talk to The Kew Society. She will reveal how Q

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    6pm-9pmSt Winefrides Church Hall, Leyborne Park, Kew.

    As part of the next phase of the village planning process, the council are hosting a number of 'Ques

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Following a fascinating presentation by Professor Roger Mason earlier this year, the Kew Society hav

  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    We are delighted that Kew Society members have been offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic Botany Collection at the R

  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    Image of John Greening with garden plan

    Museum consultant and historian Val Bott has been studying

  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018
    2.15pm-3pmThe National Archives

    Kew Society members are being offered the opportunity to hear a presentation from PCSO Lorraine Chil

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018
    7pm (doors open at 6.30)The National Archives

    Picture by Caroline Blomfield

    The Kew Society is delighted to welcome Dr Lee Prosser and Polly Putn

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    A316, early days.

    Paul Velluet, President of the Richmond Local History Society, Chartered Architec

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Fallow Deer grazing in Richmond Park

    We are delighted to have the opportunity to show the film comm

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)Kew Community Centre, St Luke's in The Avenue, TW9 2AJ.

    This is a chance to hear Kew Ward candidates speak briefly and then answer your questions prior to t

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    6:30 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    Kew Palace, also known as the Dutch House, was built in 1631 for a Flemish merchant, Samuel Fortrey

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    8:45 amWestminster Abbey

    Following the fast sellout of the September tour we are delighted to be able to offer a second tour.

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    2pm or 3pmSandycoombe Rd. St Margaret's

    Turners House has been carefully restored and is now open to the public once more.

    Following the tw

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    10:00 amGreen Dragon Lane, Over Kew Bridge

    To address concerns about the poor quality of London water, Kew Bridge works opened in 1838 to pump

  • Mon
    14
    Jan
    2019
    8:00 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    We are delighted to be joining the The Richmond Local History Society to present this talk by Stephe

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019
    10:30 amThe National Portrait Gallery

    We are delighted to offer members a talk at The National Portrait Gallery about Thomas Gainsborough’