PLANNING IN THE CRANE VALLEY

One of FORCE's charitable Objects is ... to protect and enhance the environment of the River Crane, the Duke of Northumberland's River, their corridors and surrounding open spaces ... To help secure benefits to the community and environment FORCE engages with:

  • planning officials and councillors in the relevant boroughs
  • public- and private-sector developers,
  • and other interested environmental and community stakeholders.

and where appropriate FORCE will:

  • respond to planning consultations and development proposals
  • make representations at relevant community fora and working groups related to planning applications and development proposals

Below are listed recent planning applications where FORCE has submitted comments and/or objections. The planning reference links the appropriate site and all associated documents.

Recent Planning Applications and Consultations
Date
Location
Published detail
FORCE's view
Council Reference
Mar 2018

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow's consultation relates to the physical changes on the ground needed to build and operate a new north west runway, and design for the new airspace required for an expanded airport. 

FORCE's response to this consultation considers the potential impacts of the airport expansion and associated secondary development upon the integrity and value of the open spaces within the Crane catchment.  A wider assessment is needed of the likely direct and secondary impacts upon the green corridors between the Thames valley and the Chilterns as corresponds to the aircraft flightpaths and the area of Heathrow’s consultation exercise.  FORCE sets out an approach to investigating and mitigating impacts at this regional scale, providing a major new and enhanced open space network for all the communities impacted over the medium to long term.

 Heathrow link
Dec 2017

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow expansion: revised draft Airports National Policy Statement. Consultation on HM Government's preferred scheme for adding new runway capacity in the South East of England was through a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport.

FORCE responded to this second round of consultation from the Department for Transport.  We expressed our concern about the clear negative impacts of a third runway development (and associated infrastructure demands) upon open spaces and the River Crane and the lack of large scale mitigation measures proposed to date.  FORCE set out proposals for large scale improvements to the river corridor and associated open spaces – starting with a landscape scale management plan. Department for Transport Consultation
Dec 2017

West area, Hounslow Borough

The West of Borough area forms part of the Heathrow Opportunity Area and the Great West Corridor area has been identified as one of the new Opportunity Areas in the emerging London Plan.  The Mayor of London has designated Opportunity Areas for significant business growth and housing development with improved public transport access... The Hounslow Local Plan consultation document has major implications for many of the open spaces in the west of the Borough.  FORCE is concerned that the proposals as they stand are a major threat to local open space and largely fail to recognise the opportunities for enhanced and better linked public open spaces in this area.  FORCE's response highlights our concerns and identifies key opportunities for improvement.

Hounslow Local Plan Review

 

Follow up Report

Nov 2017

Hounslow Borough Conservation Area

The appraisals set out what makes each conservation area special and outlines why these are important heritage assets. These draft appraisals build on the conservation statements for each of Hounslow’s conservation areas and will help influence assessment of future planning applications. FORCE submitted comments to the draft appraisals for thise areas noting FORCE's interest and their potential. Hounslow Conservation Plan Appraisal
Oct 2017

Craneford Way Playing Fields

Installation of a 15m high slim line, telegraph pole type telecommunications tower with 1no. antenna within the pole and 3no. ground based equipment cabinets and other ancillary equipment there Telecomms mast proposal for Craneford Field. FORCE objected to this proposal on various grounds including – location and impact upon the Crane corridor and amenity; proof of need and planning process. FORCE's submission.
The application was refused by the council in October 2017
17/3127/TEL

Decision (Refusal)
Jul 2017 RFU Stadium, Twickenham

Construction of two permanent extended perimeter entrances (Gate 1 and Gate 2) on Whitton Road and one temporary perimeter entrance (Gate 3) at Cardinal Vaughan Bridge to facilitate 65 turnstile lanes and 6 accessible lanes with associated canopy structures and hardstanding...

This application threatens to install temporary turnstiles next to the DNR, involving temporary closure of the DNR pathway on event days.  It also threatens even higher fencing along the pathway.  FORCE's response to applicationobjects on the grounds that it represents the latest ratchetting up of RFU pressure to degrade the environment of the DNR for residents and wildlife, and to close the DNR pathway to the public permanently. 17/2108/FUL
May 2017 Heathrow Airport

Department for Transport Airport National Policy Statement – consultation.    This document has been precipitated by the Heathrow third runway proposals.

FORCE objects to the proposals based on their impact upon the rivers in the Crane valley, namely the upper Duke's River, Longford river, and main Crane River. FORCE puts forward proposals for mitgiating these impacts. 

 

 
Apr 2017 Borough - Playing Fields

Public Space Protection Orders consultation

FORCE welcomes these proposals in principle and has also set out a few comments and concerns on the specific proposals.  Detailed comments.

PSPO consultation results Oct 2017

Mar 2017 Feltham Masterplan, Hounslow

Feltham Masterplan consultation

FORCE's response to the Feltham Masterplan consultation

Feltham Masterplan consultation

Feb 2017 London Borough Richmond Local Plan

The Local Plan sets out a 15-year strategic vision, objectives and the spatial strategy as well as the planning policies and site allocations that will guide future development of the borough. This consultation follows earlier consultations in January and August 2016 (see below).

FORCE has submitted a response to the February 2017 consultation on the Richmond Local plan.  This includes support of various aspects of the plan and concerns regarding some others.  FORCE strongly supports the related proposals in the “Local Plan Proposals Map Changes”, to include new sites along the Crane as Other Sites of Nature Importance and also encourages their incorporation into the existing Lower Crane Valley Metropolitan SINC.

Local Plan - Publication Consultation

Dec 2016 Twickenham Stoop Stadium

Installation of LED floodlighting system to replace current floodlights on top of East and West stand, Twickenham Stoop Stadium, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX

 FORCE objects given the failure to recognise the impact higher illumination and extended hours will have on the environment, local residents and ecology 16/2178/FUL
Nov 2016 Rectory Farm, Hounslow

Land at Rectory Farm, Cranford Lane, Hounslow Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary

FORCE shares the aspiration that “The creation of the new park would have a permanent moderate beneficial effect on the land use on the site and a permanent substantial beneficial effect on recreation and tourism in the area.”  P/2016/5112
Nov 2016 Council Boroughs

Supplementary Planning Document : London Boroughs of Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. Development control for noise generating and noise sensitive development July 2014

FORCE  supports the protection of relative tranquility and quietness where such features are valued. The extension of this protection to MOL, green land to protect the environment and wildlife is requested.  RBUT
Sep 2016 Land Rear Of Campbell Close Twickenham

A new build, three bedroom home, predominantly single storey. The proposed site covering is generally grass with mature trees and planting.

This proposal would develop additional footprint for private benefit within MOL and the River Crane corridor. It would impact the integrity and wildlife/community value and be contrary to local and regional planning policy. 16/2815/OUT
Aug 2016 London Borough Richmond Local Plan

The Local Plan sets out a 15-year strategic vision, objectives and the spatial strategy as well as the planning policies and site allocations that will guide future development of the borough. This consultation follows an informal Scoping Consultation in January 2016.

FORCE welcomes the consideration of “Green Infrastructure” as a separate and important aspect of the Borough’s infrastructure. This chimes with the primary level of importance attributed to the natural environment by local people.  More details are in the FORCE response. Local Plan Pre-Publication Consultation
Aug 2016 RFU Stadium, east stand Twickenham Structural alterations to, and extension of, the existing RFU Stadium East Stand to accommodate additional floorspace for the provision of hospitality (corporate hospitality and debenture hospitality), conferencing and banqueting and other associated works and formation of new access on Rugby Road.

FORCE would like to see evidence that the RFU recognises the strategic value of the DNR corridor as a long-term community asset.  This application to improve hospitality for RFU clients provides an excellent opportunity to begin this long-term RFU engagement.
Presentation by FORCE to the Planning Committee 14 December 2016.

16/2611/FUL
Apr 2016 Land south west of Green Lane, Hounslow Variation of condition 8 to change the opening and closing times of the Sports Club to 07.00 to 23.00 (Monday and Sunday inclusive) and condition 10 to allow floodlights to be used from 16.00 to 22.30 daily of planning permission 00507/Y/P2 of 16/10/2016 for erection of clubhouse, covered standing area and seating area with provision of football pitches and associated parking The extension of the opening hours of the Sports Club and to the hours during which floodlights are allowed to be used, fail to protect the ecological value of this extremely sensitive area. If approved, this application would cause considerable disturbance to the character of this open space, and to its wildlife, particularly bats. P/2016/1160
Mar 2016 Rectory Farm, Hounslow Land at Rectory Farm, Cranford Lane, Hounslow Environmental Impact Assessment Revision Scoping Report The Rectory Farm site is important as Green Belt of the River Crane Valley.  FORCE welcomes this opportunity to comment and contribute to the opening of this 44 hectares as as new parkland. SC/2016/0471
Feb 2016 West of Hounslow Borough The West of Borough Plan focus on the areas of Hanworth, Feltham, Hounslow West, Bedfont and Cranford and Heston. The plan proposes a 15 year vision to the adopted London Borough of Hounslow Local Plan. FORCE is particularly concerned by the emphasis on urban growth utilising green belt and open spaces without evaluation of the value of the spaces nor improvements for the benefit of local communities.

West of borough plan review

Dec 2015 Twickenham Rough Land known as Twickenham Rough to the west of Twickenham Sorting Office, London Road Twickenham. Opening up Twickenham Rough as a public space for wildlife and the local community is supported by FORCE, being a long held aspiration.  Some caveats are noted. 13/1147/DD01
Dec 2015 As stated right Feltham Re-signalling site compound, former Marshalling Yard, Harlington Road East, Feltham, London TW13 5BN FORCE is concerned that development of Metropolitan Green Belt reduces the Green Chain area and building work will significantly impact the environment by noise, pollution and lighting.

PA/2015/4700

00553/F/PA2

Oct 2015 Twickenham Rugby Stadium Installation of temporary lighting to the roof, entrances and statue and erection of temporary facade signage and LED screens to support the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches to be held at Twickenham Stadium FORCE believes the impact of temporary lighting pollution upon the local environment, MOL, is unacceptable, as is extending this lighting beyond the World Cup timeframes.  Also submitted was the bat survey. 15/3791/FUL
Sep 2015 Hounslow Heath Golf Club Hounslow Heath Golf Course Staines Road Hounslow London TW4 5DS FORCE request an environmental proposal given the potential/risk for environmental and community benefits within the design and delivery. Interested parties can then contribute. FORCE Responsediagram from Hounslow Local Plan, and Crane Valley map. P/2015/3085
Nov 2015     Improvements in a revised application are welcomed but original objections remain. P/2015/3085
Jun 2017     An appeal was lodged in January.  FORCE  previous submissions had not been addressed, nor had Green Belt considerations, nor light / noise impacts to the environment. The planning inspector’s report was released in June and the appeal has been successful.  FORCE will continue to monitor the situation in liaison with LB Hounslow and the Save Hounslow Heath campaign.  
Sep 2015 As noted right Land A316 Junction Langhorn Drive and Richmond College including Craneford Way Playing Fields and Egerton Road Twickenham Impact on Crane valley and access to Craneford Playing Fields  FORCE Response and further feedback in Jan 2016 15/3038/OUT
Jan 2015 As noted right Fountains Close Development, Butts Farm, Feltham FORCE is concerned re the loss on this site and the publically accessible open space in the Crane Valley so object to the proposal. FORCE response P/2014/3836
Jun 2015 RFU Stadium Whitton Rd Twickenham Installation of security upgrades comprising the erection of peripheral and inner ticketing fencing, 3 No.new turnstiles and CCTV. FORCE is concerned as to the impact upon DNR corridor by the RFU erecting fences reducing the pathway and impacting wildlife. 

15/1691/FUL


Dec 2015     FORCE objected to an earlier submission for the same reasons. Previous mitigations would be largely removed. 15/4455/FUL
Mar 2015 Heatham House Whitton Rd Twickenham Replacement floodlights on 14 No. 4.5m high columns to sports pitches. Lighting may flood the River Crane corridor and impact the wildlife, especially bats. FORCE response 15/1245/FUL