Flats plan rejected
CAMPAIGNERS hailed a decision to scrap plans to replace a disused petrol station with flats as a ‘triumph’ for conservation areas across Hillingdon.
Planning officials rejected the proposal to build 14 apartments and a commercial office in Ruislip at a meeting on Tuesday last week.
They ruled that the development was too large for a designated conservation area.
Sue Browne, a member of the Ruislip Village Conservation Area Panel, said: “The decision was a triumph for all of us who have been trying to save the principle of a conservation area.”
Eileen Bowlt, chair of the panel, added: “It is very good news for the conservation area and conservation in Hillingdon in general. Had it gone through it would have meant all conservation areas in the borough were in danger.”
However, the firm SCP Architects, who is behind the plans, said it would appeal the decision.
Architect Narinder Juttla said: “We will appeal but also we will talk to planners to see what we can do [to amend the plans].”
He added: “I am gutted, obviously, because we have been working hand in hand with the planners and the conservation officers and they were quite positive. On the day I think it was just a bit too big so we will see what we can do.”
The proposal rejected last week had been recommended for approval, having been downsized from earlier proposals.
The plans involved demolishing the existing petrol station in Midcroft, which is currently used as a car wash, to make way for a block of flats containing three studio apartments and 11 two-bedroom properties, with underground carparking.
The original proposals had included 18 flats in a taller building.