Our London Planning team and Development Economics team have secured permission (May 2021) for a new, 15-storey, 248 co-living development on Bath Road in Hounslow town centre, following a four-day public inquiry.
The scheme, which will see the redevelopment of the Yates Public House adjacent to the Civic Offices of Hounslow Council, is the first of its kind in Hounslow and only the second GLA referable co-living scheme to be considered. It will provide much needed quality housing for young flatsharers – setting a new standard for modern living with a pioneering co-living approach designed to bring people together as a community.
Local Authorities are understandably nervous about increasing height and density and the building rising above the existing civic offices was a challenge for Hounslow Council to accept, whilst they were also concerned that the scheme did not provide any conventional affordable housing alongside the co-living format. We therefore worked closely with our Development Economics team to demonstrate that the height and density of development was essential to deliver against the needs in the Borough - showcasing 41% of the local population were living in shared accommodation or with parents - and to highlight the economic and social benefits the scheme would deliver to the immediate and wider community.
THE APPELLANT’S DEMOGRAPHICS AND HOUSING BRIEFING NOTE, (FEB 2021) DEMONSTRATES A NEED AND DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT IN A BOROUGH WHICH HAS A YOUNG AGE PROFILE, WITH SOME OF THE GREATEST NUMBERS FALLING WITHIN THE TARGET AGE GROUPS OF 25-34.
Despite there being no guidance on communal space provision, the scheme proposes over 2,500sqm of communal space to enhance lifestyles and drive the community to come together, with residents having access to a wide variety of shared spaces such as working areas, a library, lounges, communal kitchens, a gym, laundrette, games room and roof terraces. The co-living model allows tenants to benefit from a bigger and better range of spaces and amenities than those offered by traditional housing. These proposals secured strong support from the GLA and are likely to provide a benchmark for communal space provision in co-living schemes going forward, given at present there is no guidance in the London Plan relating to this.
- 248 co-living development
- 2,500sqm of communal space, including working areas, library, lounges, communal kitchens, gym, laundrette, games room and roof terraces
- Shared office space
- Landmark for Hounslow
- Improved public realm
Graeme Warriner, Planning Director said: “This is only the second GLA referable co-living scheme to be approved, which demonstrates the high architectural quality of the proposals and its internal functioning. I have no doubt that this will provide a benchmark standard for new co-living developments coming forward. With shared office space and active uses on ground floor, the scheme will present an exciting and vibrant addition to the town centre. I look forward to seeing it developed.”
The design of the building itself celebrates the modular nature of co-living – of the individual within the collective – with a gridded façade that wraps around the building, providing the base to express individuality and dynamic change over time, with active frontages and façade elements reflecting the activities within. It will be a distinctive and dynamic landmark for Hounslow – complementing Hounslow’s new civic centre, Hounslow House, with an improved ‘door step’ public realm offer, developing the area’s identity and activity, and enhancing local connectivity. Benefiting from this site’s central location and public transport accessibility, the design proposals embraced the opportunity to rethink the nature of a West London urban hub – supporting Hounslow’s ongoing revitalisation.
Phil Clark, Chief Planner at Galliard Homes, said: “Bath Road is an exceptional architectural proposal providing both high quality co-living accommodation and a positive and fresh contribution to Hounslow Town Centre. Credit is due to the efforts of the whole team – who have remained focused and committed throughout all aspects of the project. This is a well-deserved outcome of which we can all be very proud.”
The scheme is being developed in partnership with Galliard Homes and Princeton, and designed by LOM architecture and design, with our team providing planning supported with Montagu Evans.