Plans passed – but too close for com­fort

Ap­proval given for flats al­ready sold

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL new 52-flat devel­op­ment in Uxbridge has been given plan­ning ap­proval, one and a half months af­ter ad­verts first popped up for the homes.

Hilling­don Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved Water­loo Wharf at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day 26 de­spite con­cerns from res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors.

Re­ports of ad­verts for the homes sur­faced in mid-Septem­ber and res­i­dents voiced their con­fu­sion on Twit­ter, ask­ing why they were posted be­fore the scheme had coun­cil per­mis­sion.

Speak­ing at the pub­lic plan­ning meet­ing in Uxbridge on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 26, one mem­ber of the pub­lic said: “All the prop­er­ties at the Water­loo Wharf site were sold at the launch.

“This means de­posits were paid and con­tracts ex­changed all with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion.

“How can this be eth­i­cal, par­tic­u­larly given the ad­vice at the last meet­ing of the com­mit­tee?

“I ask you to think very care­fully about this.”

Coun­cil­lors had pre­vi­ously met to con­sider this ap­pli­ca­tion on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 4, but de­ferred their de­ci­sion due to con­cerns over the height of the pro­posed build­ing.

At that meet­ing the coun­cil’s head of plan­ning said: “I just want to put on pub­lic record that we would never en­cour­age de­vel­op­ers to ad­ver­tise schemes prior to them

De­posits were paid and con­tracts ex­changed all with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion”

com­ing to the plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing.

“At the plan­ning team we would never en­cour­age them to do that and would ac­tively dis­cour­age that.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion will see a four-storey build­ing with 52 flats built on the Grand Union Canal at Uxbridge Moor, 10 min­utes from the town cen­tre.

Res­i­dents have raised con­cerns over the devel­op­ment’s im­pacts on nearby homes, be­cause of its height and al­leged park­ing prob­lems.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the plan­ning com­mit­tee with four votes to three, with one coun­cil­lor ab­stain­ing.

Getwest­lon­don has ap­proached Howarth Homes for com­ment.

PER­MIS­SION GRANTED BY JUST ONE VOTE: Hilling­don’t plan­ning panel ap­proved Howarth Homes’ 52-flat devel­op­ment Water­loo Wharf on Wed­nes­day last week – the homes had al­ready been sold

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