Green light given for new in­dus­trial site

De­ci­sion re­ferred to Sec­re­tary of State as green belt land will be lost

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON COUN­CIL ap­proved plans to de­velop a 30-acre site next to Stock­ley Park in Hayes, which will see a sec­tion of green­belt land eroded.

Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don has is­sued a res­o­lu­tion to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion for Prol­o­gis Park West Lon­don, which was de­cided at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 26.

The Coun­cil will now re­fer the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the Greater Lon­don Au­thor­ity (GLA) and be­cause part of the site is in the green belt, to the Sec­re­tary of State for the En­vi­ron­ment.

Prol­o­gis ac­quired the site from the Stock­ley Park Con­sor­tium in Septem­ber 2014 and its plans would trans­form the va­cant site into a 465,000 square foot light in­dus­trial and dis­tri­bu­tion de­vel­op­ment, with the po­ten­tial to bring 650 jobs to the lo­cal area.

A spokesper­son for Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “Stock­ley Park is an im­por­tant part of the bor­ough, as well as be­ing one of Europe’s premier busi­ness parks.

“Busi­ness in boom­ing in Hilling­don and this de­vel­op­ment brings sig­nif­i­cant em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic ben­e­fits for West Dray­ton and the wider area.

“There will be more than 650 jobs cre­ated and fully funded ap­pren­tice­ships as well as a res­i­dent re­cruit­ment pro­gramme.”

De­vel­op­ers of Prol­o­gis Park West Lon­don, also known as Stock­ley Park phase 3, are sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of a le­gal agree­ment.

The GLA has 21 days and the Sec­re­tary of State has 14 days to de­cide whether or not to di­rect the Coun­cil to rec­om­mend re­fusal of plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The coun­cil spokesper­son added: “The devel­oper has com­mit­ted to land­scap­ing the cur­rently unattrac­tive canal side which will give res­i­dents a sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved space for walk­ing, run­ning and cy­cling as well as im­proved dis­abled ac­cess.

“They have also gifted parcels of land to the bor­ough where they will ex­tend cy­cling and walk­ing routes as well as land­scape the grounds and pro­vide at­trac­tive new plant­ing.

“The amount of open space gained is four times greater than the green belt land taken up by the de­vel­op­ment.

“This is an ex­cit­ing pro­ject and one which adds to the ex­cel­lent work hap­pen­ing across the bor­ough to make Hilling­don an ex­cit­ing and vi­brant place to live and work.”

The land­scap­ing strat­egy in­cludes plans to ren­o­vate and im­prove the tow­path along the Grand Union canal, which runs along the edge of the site.

Prol­o­gis would also carry out land­scap­ing work on an ad­di­tional 40 acres of land close to the site. When com­plete, this land would be given to the coun­cil, to­gether with fund­ing for on­go­ing main­te­nance.

“Hilling­don has a long history of de­liv­er­ing jobs in the in­dus­trial sec­tor and we are com­mit­ted to be­ing part of the bor­ough’s suc­cess,” said An­drew Grif­fiths, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Prol­o­gis UK.

“Prol­o­gis Park West Lon­don would rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment for us and would build on the high qual­ity de­vel­op­ments that we al­ready own lo­cally.”

Prol­o­gis owns and man­ages ap­prox­i­mately 24 mil­lion square feet of lo­gis­tics and dis­tri­bu­tion space in the UK as of June 30 this year.

n DE­SIGN: How the new de­vel­op­ment at Stock­ley Park could look

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