bptw’s designs for the redevelopment of the former BBC site at Reynard Mills, Hounslow was given the green light at committee on Thursday evening with a unanimous positive vote. The scheme, designed for Notting Hill Housing, will deliver 195 mixed tenure units with a range of mews houses, terraced housing and spacious apartments as well as commercial space provisionally allocated to a crèche or healthcare facility.
Subject to three previous failed planning applications before bptw’s involvement, the scheme was praised for the exemplar consultation process undertaken with the local community and stakeholders. Roger Arkell, senior planning manager at NHH said on the approval, “Community engagement is how we always approach our projects because we are a responsible developer… We are obviously delighted to have secured the planning permission.”
The designs were developed in Revit and have responded to previous local concerns with regard to scale, with family houses being located along the site boundary and taller elements situated at the centre of the development. A careful approach to material treatment also takes inspiration from the local architecture by utilising red and buff brick which are complemented by coloured panels in muted tones and pockets of landscaping to create a vibrant street scene. Streets reflect homezone principles whilst landscaped communal and private gardens and children’s play spaces provide ample amenity space for residents.
James Guest from Windmill Road Action Group, which had opposed all previous schemes but supported bptw’s proposals, stated “We’re glad the conditions we asked for have been included in the permission and while the centre block of the scheme is one storey higher than we would have liked we accept the pay-off will be a greater amount of affordable housing which is so desperately needed.”