THREE largely vacant riverside office blocks would be demolished to make way for 139 homes, under new plans.
Zurich Assurance wants to demolish Swan Court and two neighbouring office blocks, in Swan Street, Isleworth, and replace them with flats, a row of six town houses and space for shops, restaurants or other businesses.
The new development would be between three and five storeys and would include a public courtyard by the river, among other open space. There would be 226 car parking spaces, mostly at basement level.
The plans, submitted to Hounslow Council, have been significantly scaled back following consultation with local residents from the 200-odd apartments initially proposed by developers. A fifth of the proposed homes would be 'affordable', with the remainder for private sale.
The 1.9 acre site lies within the Isleworth Riverside conservation area and beside the 19th century Grade II-listed Old Blue School building.
In its application, the developer claims there is no demand for office space in the area, with the three 1980s buildings in question nearly 80 per cent empty despite a marketing campaign to find new occupiers.
"The layout of the Proposed Development has been designed to reflect the existing surrounding site context. In particular, it seeks to provide a frontage onto Swan Street, Lion Wharf Road and the River Thames," the application states.
"At ground floor level along Swan Street and fronting the riverside walk, it is proposed to provide commercial units which will provide active frontages in these locations. Above these commercial units it is proposed that residential apartments will be provided."