More than 30 nurses, doctors and key NHS workers will have access to new homes next to their hospital through development plans that include improved allotments near Syon Park Estate in south-west London.
The estate hopes to build 80 new homes, 40% of which will be affordable, that will help meet local need for increased housing provision in Isleworth.
In addition to the housing proposals, 38 new allotments with sheds and access to running water will be provided for local people.
Details of the scheme are set out in an appeal submitted today to the Planning Inspectorate by Northumberland Estates on behalf of the Syon Park Estate. Last year, the plans were recommended for approval by Hounslow Borough Council’s planning officers in their report who said there was a need for housing locally and described the proposals as a “well designed scheme with sufficient amenity space” that would not impact on neighbours. However, the proposals were rejected by councillors on the planning committee.
“The scheme can provide a win-win for the local area by creating much-needed new homes for key health workers and local people and at the same time secure and preserve green space for allotment holders to enjoy for generations to come”, said Colin Barnes of Northumberland Estates.
“Syon House and its surrounding 210-acre park is enjoyed by more than 700,000 visitors a year and the development proposal nearby will generate income for re-investment into heritage repairs that will be of long-term public benefit. Syon Park needs constant improvement and the recent reopening of the refurbished garden centre and provision of upgraded retail and café areas this year are all part of works to make Syon more attractive to visitors to enjoy a trip to the publicly open spaces and the house and gardens.
"As well as providing public access, what is proposed will enhance the overall allotment site for the future in terms of quality, increased biodiversity and more trees.
“Our proposals are designed to protect green space and we take on board the desire for allotments to be on the site long into the future. A substantial part of the site would remain as allotments and past allotment holders may apply for the new allotments. While there is some reduction in open space in the plans, the site is not open to the general public. In recent years only around a third of the allotments were in use. If our appeal is successful, there will be a similar number of allotments available, and we are committed to working work with allotment holders to ensure their needs are met.”