Eldridge House

At the beginning of the previous month, I received a number of emails etc about Eldrige House, including about the fact that the building is currently occupied by squatters.  As most will know, this was previously a Council owned building that was sold at auction (same time as 102 Hounslow Road).

I received the following from Housing at the middle of last month:

“Eldridge House was previously owned by London Borough of Hounslow until March 2009, when the Council sold it to GCH Limited, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4TB

In April 2009, GCH Limited submitted a planning application for the demolition of the existing building and the erection of a new two-part, three-storey, 60 bed care home.  The Council approved the application in September 2009 and since that date the property has been boarded up.

I visited the site on 17 August 2010, and can confirm that squatters have gained entry into one of the buildings. I wrote to the owners on 18 August 2010 informing them of the situation and requesting a response, as it is their responsibility to maintain the safety and security of the site.

I also requested a brief schedule of works, including an approximate timeframe for commencement and completion of rebuilding works and when they expect the property to be occupied and brought back to use.

The Council does not have powers to evict squatters from premises.   Also, the planning approval is for a commercial property.”

I received the following from planning at the end of last month:

“This planning application has been granted planning permission subject to a legal agreement being signed.  Officers and the applicants have been in negotiations relating to the details of the legal agreement since the decision was made, but have now reached agreement.  The legal agreement is in the process of being drafted up by our legal team.
My discussions with the applicants suggest that they intend to start building work as soon as they have the full permission – we estimate that the legal agreement will be signed by the end of September.”

The above offers the best chance of removing some of the recent problems.


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