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Borough blueprint moves closer

The 15 year blueprint for future development across the borough has moved a step closer.

The draft Local Plan highlights the key areas for regeneration and investment across the borough between 2015 and 2030.

The plans, which have been shaped by a stakeholder consultation that took place last summer, include potential sites for 12,330 new homes and the community infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of Hounslow’s expanded population.

Development will be directed to areas that have capacity for change, including the borough’s town centres and around the Great West Road. The many landscape, natural and built heritage assets and distinctive residential characters found across the borough will be protected and enhanced.

Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and housing at the council, said:

“This plan is the blueprint for any future developments and setting out what we expect to see built in an area.

“It also sets out locations for potential new homes for families, where facilities such as schools should be built and where shops and services should be provided.

“But the local plan isn’t just about building, it’s about preserving areas that we want to keep as they are, and protecting and improving the local environment.

“With such a wide scope, stretching over so many years, we’ve worked hard to get input from as many people and interested groups as possible, and their views have been taken on board in the draft plans we have produced.”

The plans outline how town centres will become hubs of cultural, leisure, community, and retail activity that supports the growing population. Town centres will also be promoted as locations for economic growth, as places to do business.

The quality of life and health of residents will be improved by providing supporting infrastructure and high quality design that respects and improves local character.

The plans were approved by the Council’s cabinet last week, and will now go to Borough Council for approval. If approved, there will then be a full public consultation, before they are submitted to the Secretary of State.

The report on the draft plans, and the plans themselves, can be found here.

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