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Look West Coverage – Golden Mile

Hounslow Council has shown plans to create more than 28,700 jobs and build 1,580 new homes along Brentford’s Golden Mile.

The proposals include a ‘Skyline’ train link between Brentford and Southall, which the council say could be opened in time for the completion of Crossrail.

The council has created a master plan for the A4 between Gillette Corner and Chiswick Park – actually around two and a half miles – aiming to attract developers and investors for what it describes as “the key gateway from Heathrow to central London”.

The plans split the A4 corridor into three districts – The Blue Sky district centred around BSkyB’s campus, Brentford Lock North, and Kew Gate near Brentford FC’s new Lionel Road ground.

Blue Sky is a ‘creative quarter’ in the council’s plans, providing 12,500 jobs, with the Gillette Factory – sold by the Bonnington Group last year to Gillette Corner Holdings, and which has an extant permission for a hotel/leisure development – seen as a “series of large atrium spaces, bringing together a mixture of small and medium sized businesses under one roof”.

The council wants a new station here to connect to Crossrail at Southall using an existing freight line for passenger services, and an elevated walking link to the Piccadilly line at Boston Manor tube station.

Brentford Lock North would be a mixture of 560 homes, shops and office space for 4,000 jobs.

Kew Gate includes a vision for 870 homes more than are planned as part of the Brentford stadium development, along with a new Lionel Road station on a new link from Hounslow to Willesden Junction.


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