Planning

 
Chaired by Trevor Sherling

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The purpose of this sub-committee is:

  • To review all planning applications made to the council relevant to Northwood.
  • To monitor any proposal to develop in the green belt.
  • Where planning applications are not in conformity with the Local Plan, to ensure that formal objection is made.
  • To attend the relevant borough planning meetings.
  • To provide advice and support where necessary to local groups organising to fight planning appeals.

 

Many of our members have expressed concern about planning applications in their area, but they are unsure how to find out more or raise an objection.

If you would like to view planning applications online, here is how to do so:

  1. Go to the LBH Home page at www.hillingdon.gov.uk
  2. Click on the Quick Link to Planning on the left of the blue bar
  3. Click on Planning Search (on left hand side)
  4. Enter an application reference if known, or a road name and Northwood Ward.
  5. This will open a window of relevant applications; click on the blue reference for details of any particular application.

After your neighbour's planning application - what then?

There are a number of instances when after planning permission has been granted and work has started what you expected to see does not quite match up to what was approved by the Council. This could of course be due to errors on the part of the contractor failing to read the drawings correctly or it could be something altogether more invidious. Whatever the reason, neighbours and other interested parties are advised to keep a close eye on building work as it progresses. If you suspect that the approved plans are not being adhered to it is essential that concerns are reported back to the Council so that these may be investigated. The department which will investigate is the Planning Enforcement Department and the telephone number is 01895 250230.

Residents should not regard this as in any way "snooping" as it could be that the mistake in implementation is a genuine one, and reporting it early could ultimately save the householder concerned money spent to rectify the error.

Contact us using this form.


 

In February 2019, members of the NRA committee and other interested parties joined Hillingdon Council Conservation officers on a walkabout to look at the special characteristics of the Northwood Town Centre, Green Lane Conservation Area.  Despite the conservation area being designated in November 2009 there was no document that clearly described the special historic and architectural character of the area except for a brief A4 pamphlet.

A draft of the Conservation Area Appraisal is now complete. The public consultation on the Northwood Town Centre, Green Lane Conservation Area Appraisal and 14 locally listed buildings runs from 12th June 2019 until 24th July 2019. The documents can be accessed here.

We hope that many of you were able to attend the exhibitions on 7th and 9th March and have submitted your comments. In case you couldn't get there, you can find some information and a Feedback form on the Northwood Quarter website: https://www.northwoodstationquarter.co.uk/  
The NRA committee voted unanimously against the proposals as they were presented to us at the exhibitions on 7th and 9th March 2019 and have already lodged their objections directly with TfL.

Curtin & Co have sent us an update, see below. They will be delivering a leaflet with the same message to all Northwood residents.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE NORTHWOOD STATION REDEVELOPMENT?

We want to thank everyone for coming to the exhibitions and for continuing to comment on the Northwood proposals.

This feedback is very helpful and we are now assessing and considering these comments closely.

We are currently reviewing all options and will respond to the issues raised in due course. As a result, the anticipated April submission date has been delayed. Once the full review has been undertaken, we will continue to keep residents and stakeholders informed of our progress and our next steps.

We are committed to delivering this brownfield site to provide much needed new and affordable homes in the area alongside step-free access to the station and other transport improvements.

To be kept up to date please visit northwoodstationquarter.co.uk

All Northwood residents should have received a leaflet inviting them to two more public consultation events to discuss the redevelopment proposals for Northwood Station. BE SURE to attend the events and make your views known.

The events are on:

Thursday 7th March, 3pm to 8pm at St Matthews's Church, Hallowell Rd, HA6 1DW
Saturday 9th March, 10am to 2pm at St John's URC, Hallowell Rd, HA6 1DN

To see the leaflet click here.

We have also received a disturbing statement from TfL's agent, Curtin & Co:

Notting Hill Genesis & Transport for London will be sharing proposals at two public exhibitions on Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th March.
These exhibitions will set out the general principles for development including height and design, and will indicate what is being proposing in terms of design and landscaping.

Tony Ellis has sent an email to Peter Elliott, Head of Property Development at TfL:

Leaflets have been handed out at the Station Car Park inviting drivers to complete a survey. It states, "TfL & Notting Hill Genesis are seeking to develop land adjacent to Northwood Station, including the car park, and are keen to understand the reasons that people use the current station car park. This will ensure that appropriate facilities are provided as part of the development proposals. ......" We urge you to complete the survey form here to make sure that a representative sample is captured.