Flats plan re­jected

‘Con­ser­va­tion tri­umph’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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