Developers hoping to convert a former Jesuit seminary at the heart of the Spring Grove conservation area have been sent back to the drawing board for the FOURTH time after planning chiefs rejected their latest scheme.
Linden Homes' plans to build 154 homes on the Campion House site, in Thornbury Road, Osterley, were rejected by councillors at a meeting on Monday evening.
They raised serious concerns about the buildings encroaching on land classified as Public Open Space and the lack of family housing included.
David Pavett, of campaign group Campion Concerns, told the Chronicle: "I'm very pleased with the decision. We witnessed a good example of local democracy, with councillors really pushing officers for answers."
Linden Homes hoped to demolish the more modern out-buildings and create 13 new ones while converting the listed buildings on the site, Tigar Hall and Campion House, to provide a community facility, IT suite and exhibition space.
Mr Pavett said: "Over the three years we have been campaigning, our main issues have been open space and the need for family homes and we still don't feel these issues have been resolved.
"Recent developments are clearly failing to provide the family homes required to meet the council's targets. We should not let the Campion development twist this screw further."
The meeting heard that only 27 per cent of the developments would include three-bedroomed properties or more.
Mr Pavett admits the fourth set of plans are a significant improvement and have a number of positive sides.
But he added: "This is no excuse for loss of open space or a clearly inappropriate housing mix."
Barbara Reid, Hounslow's planning supremo and Osterley & Spring Grove Tory ward councillor,told the Civic Centre meeting: "This is an area I have an emotional attachment to and feel strongly about.
"I think we are nearly there, but I don't think we are there yet. I think we need one more bash at getting it right."
But Marcus Adams, from Linden's architects, John Thompson and Partners, said: "We believe this scheme, after being resubmitted three times, is a better project. We have taken a fresh look and started again.
"We have now significantly reduced housing units from 168 to 160, to 154, with 30 per cent of that being affordable housing.
"It is responsive to its location, innovative and inclusive."