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Hounslow hails regeneration scheme

A bold plan to regenerate Brentford’s waterfront – which was reputed to have been where Roman Emperor Julius Caesar battled ancient Britons – was given the green light last night (27 November) at a Hounslow Council planning committee meeting.

The Ballymore scheme will transform waste land between the High Street and the Grand Union Canal while providing nearly 900 homes, new shops and leisure facilities.

Although the£500 million scheme will go for final approval by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Cllr Steve Curran, hailed the decision as a massive boost for Brentford.

The Leader of Hounslow Council said: “This decision will breathe new life into Brentford High Street, and provide much needed affordable homes and prosperity to local traders and people.

“These ambitious plans will bolster Brentford’s burgeoning reputation as west London’s boom-town and will be seen as the pinnacle of riverside retail therapy for thousands of shoppers and leisure seekers.”

Highlights of the Ballymore scheme in Brentford include:

  • 876 homes, most of which would be one or two bedroom flats. This includes 80 ‘affordable homes’ to be built by the council, for which Ballymore is providing the land for free plus £7 million.
  • Ballymore to 20 per cent of the commercial space to be allocated to local businesses with 20 per cent below market rate incentives for five years
  • There would be just over 14,000sqm of retail space, including a new supermarket, and a little under 4,000sqm of commercial floor space.
  • Land has been set aside for Watermans to relocate to the site, though this is dependant on the arts centre securing funding for a new building.
  • There are also plans to provide water sports facilities, a new museum celebrating Brentford’s riverside heritage, and a gym, which would be housed in a renovated St Lawrence’s Church.

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