The Bath Road Car Park site is located within the western portion of Hounslow town centre as designated in the LB Hounslow Local Plan Submission (August 2014).It is a corner site and faces onto both the A3005 and the A3006 Bath Road.
Site description and Wider context
It forms a roughly triangular shaped site between Lampton Road (A3005) and Bath Road (A3006). The main frontage of the site is onto Bath Road with servicing access from Bulstrode Road to the north.
The site occupies 0.4 hectares and is currently used a surface car park operated by the LB Hounslow. The existing Bath Road Car Park can accomodate 120 cars, with an average occupancy of 42%. The site is approximately 260 metres from Hounslow Central London Underground station on the Piccadilly Line. The site is 890 metres from Hounslow railway station which features 6 trains an hour to London Waterloo on the Hounslow Loop line.
The site is in close proximity to numerous bus routes including H20Hounslow – Twickenham; 120 Hounslow – Northolt; H22 Hounslow – Richmond; 81 Hounslow – Slough; 203 Hounslow – Staines; 222 Hounslow – Uxbridge; and H32 Hounslow – Southall.
The Bath Road Carpark site is at and bounded by seperate land ownerships to the north and west – the east of the site faces onto the publicly adopted highway at Bath Road. The site immediately adjacent to the carpark to the west is occupied by the single-storey Gospel Hall, beyond which are a pair of inter-war 2-storey semi-detached properties currently in commercial use at ground and upper oors.
The surrounding area is characterised by a mix of land uses, with commercial of ces positioned above ground oor retail units a typical arrangement. There is no single architectural style in Hounslow town centre, with a diverse mix of building sizes, types and ages lining the High Street, arranged on a traditional pattern of narrow, deep plots.
The site to the north east is occupied by the 4-storey Whitelocke House, a red-brick building with a slate mansard roof dating from the 1980s. The three storey with mansard roof Hayre House is adjacent to Whitelocke House and shares the same architectural style. The ancillary parking to Whitelocke House forms a substantial part of the northern boundary to the Bath Road Carpark site. The island site to the east over Bath Road features a 2 storey structure, part of which is locally listed. This is currently used as a public house with ancillary accomodation on the upper oor, with outdoor seating provision facing the Bath Road Car Park site . Central House on the eastern side of Lampton Road is a 1980s commercial building that occupies a signi cant part of the southern end of Lampton Road. The building is being converted to residential use as of late 2014.
The LB Hounslow Context and Character Study (August 2014) contains the following description of Hounslow town centre’s physical character:
“Building heights are fairly consistent across Hounslow town centre, and range from three to four storeys. This creates a pleasant sense of enclosure to the public realm, which is complemented by the narrow alleyways that punctuate the High Street in a north-south axis. The streets behind the High Street and Kingsley Road are lined with late Victorian/Edwardian terraced housing. More recently larger footprint buildings have been developed in Hounslow town centre. These include the Trinity Centre of ce complex on Staines Road and the mixed use Blenheim Centre. These developments have generated a coarser townscape grain within Hounslow town centre which should be addressed in future.”
Bath Road car park is situated in an archaeological priority area. It is the site of Holy Trinity Priory founded in 1211. The priory developed what had been a small village into a town with regular markets and other facilities for travellers heading to and from London along the Bath Road. The priory was dissolved in 1539 but Hounslow remained an important staging post on the main route to the west country. The route of the main Roman road from London to Silchester and the west lies to the south east of the site.
The Bath Road Car Park site was occupied by residential dwellings until the 1970s. At this point a traf c recon guration scheme saw the A3006 connection between Bath Road and Lampton Road developed and the site re-purposed as a surface car park.
The Bath Road Car Park site can be easily accessed by pedestrians from Bath Road to the south of the site, where there is a pedestrian crossing and a bus halt operated by Transport for London. Service access to the Bath Road Carpark site is via a 7 metre vehicular route to the north between the residential 3 storey 2 Bulstrode Road and the 5 storey Days Inn on the corner of Bulstrode Road and Lampton Road.
The main Bath Road Car Park site is entirely in the ownership of the LB Hounslow. There are no restrictive covenents or protected rights of way across the site.