‘Greedy’ flat plans are too big

De­vel­op­ers hop­ing to build on pub site meet op­po­si­tion from neigh­bours

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PLANS to re­place the for­mer Tommy Flynns pub in Hilling­don with 31 flats will be ‘too over­bear­ing’ say res­i­dents, who are rais­ing a pe­ti­tion against the plans.

Pre­ston Bennett prop­erty de­vel­op­ers have sub­mit­ted plans for a “high qual­ity res­i­den­tial scheme” of 12 one-bed and 16 two-bed apart­ments plus three three-bed­rooma­part­ments af­ter they de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing build­ing in Sut­ton Court Road.

But lo­cals are ac­cus­ing the de­vel­op­ers of be­ing ‘too greedy’ and seek­ing to cram too many homes on to the site and are call­ing for a more sym­pa­thetic build.

Amanda Mackenzie, a yoga teacher, who lives in Sut­ton Court Road with her part­ner and daugh­ter, said of the planned apart­ment build­ing: “It’s very over­bear­ing, it would over­look all the houses at the back and the front and even block sun­light.

“We’re not op­pos­ing a re­de­vel­op­ment but they are be­ing too greedy with this build – it’s way too big. They haven’t shown the dwarf­ing of the houses and they haven’t shown the con­ges­tion.”

More than 260 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion to halt the cur­rent plans.

Ann Clif­ford, of Sil­ver Way and a mem­ber of Oak Farm Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, is wor­ried about the over­all ef­fects on the area.

She said: “We have six schools and a lot of school­child­ren walk­ing around. With traf­fic in the morn­ing it’s al­ready a very busy area, so we just can’t sus­tain a build like this.

“It will be like a cruise ship at night lit up. The bal­conies will look over ev­ery as­pect so no one will have pri­vacy. The drainage around here will not sup­port it.”

Lara Wil­shel, owner of Roses are Red florist, is con­cerned a lack of park­ing will ef­fect her busi­ness. She said: “The park­ing is atro­cious as peo­ple dou­ble park on Sut­ton Court Road. If they were to build the flats, they haven’t pro­vided ad­e­quate park­ing so they would then park else­where.

“This means cus­tomers can’t park, they can’t buy any­thing, and shops shut down! It re­ally is that sim­ple.”

Tommy Flynns has been va­cant for over 18 months af­ter it was closed due to an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Paul Jenk­ins, plan­ning as­so­ciate at Pre­ston Bennett, said the scheme had been sub­stan­tially amended to re­flect the con­cerns of lo­cal res­i­dents and plan­ning of­fi­cers.

He added: “It is pol­icy com­pli­ant [with Hilling­don Coun­cil] in mat­ters such as park­ing pro­vi­sion and amenity space.

“We will re-de­velop a va­cant, brown­field site to pro­vide much needed ad­di­tional first time buyer and fam­ily hous­ing for which there is a chronic short­age within Lon­don and Hilling­don.”

Any­one wish­ing to com­ment on the pro­pos­als can write, quot­ing ref­er­ence 8396/ APP/2014/4118, to: Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don Plan­ning Depart­ment, Civic Cen­tre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW.

n PROTEST: Res­i­dents make their feel­ings clear about plans for the Tommy Flynns pub. Right, what the devel­op­ment could look like

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