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Underground warehousing plans to go before Hounslow Council

Underground warehousing plans to go before Hounslow Council

Revived plans to build 1.9m sq ft of underground warehousing west London are to go before Hounslow planners four months after the original plan was abandoned.

Hounslow Council has already refused permission for the redevelopment of the Rectory Farm site. Asset managers Formal Investments filed an appeal against the decision, but withdrew the appeal in June.

Now they are expected to press ahead with a fresh application.

The original 3.4m sq ft (gross) plan for the Bath Road site involves extracting 3m tonnes of gravel and then building in the 15m deep hole. The resulting warehousing would be up to 9m high. A new public park would be created on top.

Earlier applications to extra gravel from the green belt site west of Osterley failed as far back as 1990. Hounslow council has already taken enforcement action on two parts of the site which have been illegally used for dumping and car parking.

The earlier application was supported in principle by Hounslow Council, but the developers failed to provide information on phasing of gravel extraction, the impact on neighbours, traffic, landscape and archaeology, and how they intended to improve highways.

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