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The new developer of Reynard Mills - the industrial estate on the Ealing-Hounslow border - will be unveiling new proposals at drop-in sessions on Friday and Saturday this week.

The sessions, run by Notting Hill Housing Association, will take place on Friday 15th November between 3pm and 7pm and Saturday 16th November between 12 noon and 4pm at the South Ealing Christian Centre ( entrance is on the south side of Carlyle Road, close to the corner with Junction Road).

In March 2013, Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, rejected plans for a major high rise housing development on the site - which is behind residential housing on Windmill Road - saying : '' ... the density, scale and form of the development proposed would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area and would not achieve the high quality required by policy.''

Local residents have been running an active campaign against overdevelopment of the site and urge as many people as possible to attend the new consultation.

WRAG (Windmill Road Action Group) has listed points to raise:

• The need to respect the local character of the neighbouring low density and low rise Edwardian and Victorian housing. The Planning Inspector and Secretary of State were most concerned about this when they refused the earlier proposals, so it counts for a lot,

• Tall buildings are unacceptable on the Reynard Mills site,

• The need for buffer strips of gardens or open space along all sides of the Reynard Mills site, especially the western side nearest the primary school and the Manor Vale housing,

• Existing traffic congestion and rat-running on the surrounding road network – which could be made worse by additional residents,

• The constraints imposed by the two narrow site entrances and the impact on Windmill Road of the vehicles using them at peak periods,

• Poor public transport along Windmill Road due to a single bus service,

• The problem of overflow parking from the development and the likelihood that the new residents and their visitors will park in the already full neighbouring residential side streets – especially in the evenings and at weekends,

• Frequent flooding due to lack of capacity in the local drainage system, which can result in overflows of sewage into the surrounding homes,

• The local shortage of public open space for families with young children,

• Tremendous shortage of school places and GP surgeries – more residents will make this worse.

The councillors are receiving a private briefing from the developer.

WRAG say that as Reynard Mills site is in the borough of Hounslow it’s vital that everyone - including Ealing residents - express their concerns to the Hounslow councillors.

The councillor contact details are:

Brentford Ward

Ruth Cadbury:

Mel Collins:

Matthew Harmer:

Syon Ward

Steve Curran: Dennison:

Jason Ellar:





November 11, 2013

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