HOOT Campaign – Gunnersbury Triangle

The Threat

Gunnersbury Triangle Local Nature Reserve, between Chiswick and Acton Green, is under threat from a massive 8-storey development right on its eastern edge.
The Triangle is currently situated next to a low-rise (2-storey) industrial estate on Colonial Drive. Blackstone, a global property investment company, plan to replace the estate with 8-storey buildings, mostly private luxury flats, with very little commercial space or social housing.

The new development would destroy the secluded feeling of the reserve

The Impact we want to avoid

  • The Colonial Drive development would affect the nature reserve in the following ways:
  • The development is too tall, too large, and too close to the reserve boundary
  • It would impact on flora and fauna, reflecting sunlight on to the birch trees and dry acid grassland, heating and drying them out in summer
  • Visitors’ sense of being in a wild place away from the city would be severely compromised
  • Balconies overlooking the reserve would increase the feeling of intrusion
  • It would create light pollution at night – the buildings loom over the woodland habitat of bats and birds
  • Future residents’ pets, noise and potential use of the reserve as an extended garden (e.g. for barbecues and recreation) could disturb or damage wildlife and habitats.

Our Objectives

    We want:

  1. An environmental impact assessment of the development on the nature reserve (as recommended by Natural England) before any planning decision is made.
  2. The buffer zone between the development and the reserve to be no less than 15m and planted with native species.
  3. The height of the buildings to be no more than the highest buildings on the present site and preferably in scale with the tallest trees in the woodland.

What we’re doing about it

HOOT is campaigning to put pressure on Ealing Council to block this harmful development. Many members have already written in to the Planning Department during the initial public consultation. Now we are collecting signatures for a Petition to present to the Council. We plan further action as the planning process continues.

Take action now:

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Mayor of London referral – last days until planning deadline!

The official deadline for comments and objections is Friday 2nd March. If you haven’t written yet, do it now.

We have just learnt that Boris Johnson will have the deciding vote on the development and the future of Gunnersbury Triangle. It is VITAL that you let him know how you feel before the 2nd of March – that’s THIS FRIDAY! Copy any correspondence you have sent to Ealing Council to Boris, either by email or by post:

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London
Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
More London
London SE1 2AA

You can also write to your ward councillors using WriteToThem. As there’s an option to email them all together, it’s very quick, very easy, and will make a difference!

Act now before it’s too late!

    Time is running out – we only have until Friday 2nd of March to oppose the planning application for the development at 2 Colonial Drive.

    What you can do:

    • Download a model letter and post it to Maggie Perry, the Planning Officer for Ealing council. Better still, write your own letter, or download one of ours and amend it. If you are writing your own letter, make sure you quote the planning reference – P/2012/0338
    • Tell people about the HOOT campaign and encourage them to support us.
    • Get involved! We need people to deliver leaflets, put up posters, help with the website and lobby councillors. If you can help in any way, please contact us.

Save Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve from development

Gunnersbury Triangle Local Nature Reserve is Chiswick’s hidden gem — a little patch of countryside, alongside the District Line, and much loved by local people. It’s a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, and has been managed by London Wildlife Trust on behalf of LB Hounslow since 1985. It has a unique history as a test case for urban nature conservation (as a result of a public inquiry in 1983). Almost 30 years of careful and sensitive management have helped to maintain it as a local oasis, a place of peace and tranquility for people and wildlife.

The management of the Triangle is overseen by a Steering Group of expert and dedicated
local people and volunteers. It is committed to further improving the Triangle, and the quality of the visitor experience in line with the ecological sensitivities of the reserve.

The Triangle is currently situated next to a low-rise (2-storey) industrial estate on Colonial Drive. Blackstone, a global property investment company, plan to replace the estate with an 8-storey, mixed-use development.

The new development would tower over Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, totally eradicating its wonderfully secluded atmosphere. The Triangle is highly prized for its beauty, peace and tranquility and now this is under threat. (Image shows developer's first draft of design, superimposed on a view taken from the reserve)

The Colonial Drive development would affect the nature reserve in the following ways:

• The development is too tall, too large, and too close to the reserve boundary
• It would impact on flora and fauna, especially near the boundary between the sites
• Visitors’ sense of being in a wild place away from the city would be severely compromised
• Balconies overlooking the reserve would increase the feeling of intrusion
• It would create light pollution – the buildings loom over the woodland habitat of bats and birds
• Future residents’ pets, noise and potential use of the reserve as an extended garden (e.g. for barbecues and recreation) could disturb or damage wildlife and habitats.

The development at Colonial Drive threatens to destroy the tranquillity of Gunnersbury Triangle, and is likely to result in long-term adverse impacts on the reserve’s ecology. We are extremely worried that a truly wild corner of Chiswick will be gone forever!

Take action now: Download a model letterComment directly to Ealing’s planners