Rented retirement homes provider Birchgrove has secured planning permission from Hounslow Council to redevelop the site of a former police station on Chiswick High Street into a fifty-unit retirement living Build to Rent community.
Originally opened in 1972, the police station at 209-211 Chiswick High Road closed in 2021 and was sold by the Metropolitan Police to Birchgrove in April 2022. Birchgrove’s redevelopment plans were originally submitted later that year, and, following two public consultations, planning permission has now been granted.
The new Birchgrove scheme will deliver one- and two-bedroom self-contained rented apartments available to those aged 65 and over. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge service, restaurant, licenced bar, courtyard garden and wellness suite.
Designed to benefit the wider local community, the site also contains dedicated space on the ground floor for local groups, charities and individuals to hire, alongside use for the police to hold local resident meetings. The police will also be provided with a separate dedicated facilities space which will enable officers to charge their body-worn cameras, iPads and radios, and means a police base will be re-established on the High Road following the station’s closure.
“After almost two years of consultation we are thrilled to have secured planning permission, and I would like to thank everyone – including the council and local residents – for both their support and suggestions to ensure the development is the best it can be and does Chiswick justice. All too often older people are shoved to the end of a cul-de-sac somewhere, but not here. With our development bang in the middle of Chiswick High Street, our residents will be able to flourish at the heart of the community.”Honor Barratt, Chief Executive, Birchgrove
The new Birchgrove scheme will provide a £400,000 contribution towards affordable housing in Hounslow and has been assessed as highly sustainable – achieving a minimum 77% reduction in carbon emissions over the regulatory baseline.
The approval of the Birchgrove community comes as demand for retirement accommodation across Hounslow increases. Based on the 2015 city-wide London plan, Hounslow has a target of 135 new specialist homes for elderly people per year, so the redevelopment of the police station will play a vital role in tackling Hounslow’s retirement accommodation shortage.
Furthermore, the approval comes as demand for senior living rented accommodation continues to surge; according to the English Housing Survey, the number of pensioners in rented accommodation is set to double to over one million in the next decade.