A PLANNING inspector has thrown out an appeal against Hillingdon Council’s decision to refuse planning and listed building applications on an historic Grade II listed building in Eastcote.

Developers Westcombe Estates applied in April 2021 for permission to build a three-bedroom home at Highgrove House, Lidgould Grove.

It was refused by Hillingdon planners in November, but the developers subsequently appealed.

Last week, a government inspector dismissed both appeals, citing that the harm caused by the development would outweigh any gains to the local economy or housing supply.

That sentiment was echoed by many in the community, with the original applications receiving 21 letters of objection and two petitions with more than 150 signatures.

Strong objections were also lodged by Eastcote Conservation Panel, Eastcote Residents’ Association, Ruislip Residents’ Association and Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, cabinet member for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, said: “These proposals would cause undue harm to one of the borough’s heritage assets.

“In our modern, rapidly-growing world it’s increasingly important this council acts to preserve the borough’s history for current and future generations.”

Highgrove House was built in 1881 by Edward Prior and is described by the inspector as a grand house set in spacious grounds.