RESIDENTS from a pair of streets celebrated a double victory last night as they saw off a new development as well as an extension in a conservation area.
Hamilton Road, Brentford, was threatened with six new houses being built on a thin strip of land behind people's homes while there was a plan by Orbriton Portfolio Corporation to build a two storey extension on the front of a house in Clifden Road, Brentford.
Hounslow Council's planning officers recommended approval of both plans despite both roads being part of the St Paul's conservation area, which seeks to protect the unique Victorian and Edwardian character of the streets.
Over 100 residents from both roads signed petitions against the developments and in a meeting with Hounslow Council's planning committee on Thursday (8) councillors voted to reject the plans, overturning their official's recommendations.
Councillors cited numerous reasons why the plans were not consistent with planning rules, especially because the plans were not in line with the conservation area rules.
Adam Jackson, of Clifden Road, said: "The Committee made very clear that such developments were unacceptable and threatened the unique look and feel of our Edwardian and Victorian streets.”
Campaigner Chris Collins added: “This is a huge victory for the people of Brentford– it sets a clear precedent that should prevent future developments which are not in keeping with the St Paul’s conservation area”.