Nestlé plans up for dis­cus­sion

De­vel­op­ers hope site will re­turn to a ‘vi­brant hub of ac­tiv­ity’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAYES res­i­dents are be­ing asked their thoughts on how the for­mer Nestlé plant should be re­de­vel­oped – which could see more than a thou­sand new homes built at the site.

The Nestlé fac­tory, which pro­duced Nescafé cof­fee, was sold to SEGRO plc in early 2015, as the plant pre­pared to shut down with at least 85 re­dun­dan­cies.

The prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, who bought the 30-acre site in Nes­tles Av­enue for an undis­closed sum, have teamed up with Bar­ratt Lon­don to launch con­sul­ta­tion for the po­ten­tial new homes and jobs.

SEGRO and Bar­ratt Lon­don will work to­gether with Hilling­don Coun­cil to achieve plan­ning con­sent, with SEGRO even­tu­ally sell­ing the land ear­marked for res­i­den­tial to Bar­ratt Lon­don.

SEGRO and Bar­ratt Lon­don are aware of the site’s cul­tural heritage and will con­sult with the lo­cal com­mu­nity on its vi­sion for the site to en­sure that it re­turns to be­ing a vi­brant hub of ac­tiv­ity.

As well as de­liv­er­ing over 1,000 homes and 400 jobs, res­i­dents and lo­cal em­ploy­ees will be able to take ad­van­tage of a range of ameni­ties, such as the open canal frontage and new com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

Alan Hol­land, SEGRO’s busi­ness unit di­rec­tor for Greater Lon­don, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time for SEGRO as we em­bark on a new jour­ney to de­liver both first-class ur­ban ware­hous­ing along­side a high qual­ity scheme.

“Lon­don’s pop­u­la­tion is set to ex­pand sig­nif­i­cantly over the next decade and with land sup­ply di­min­ish­ing rapidly, we un­der­stand the need to think res­i­den­tial cre­atively to meet the need for homes and jobs.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has not yet been sub­mit­ted, but if plans are ap­proved, work on the site will be­gin in 2017.

Mr Hol­land con­tin­ued: “We will bring for­ward the space for jobs and busi­nesses and Bar­ratt Lon­don will bring for­ward the homes for Hayes.”

SEGRO, who are also be­hind a new ho­tel, restau­rant and in­dus­trial unit in Uxbridge, say the re­gen­er­a­tion will be a boost for the cap­i­tal as it “faces the chal­lenge of build­ing more homes to meet pop­u­la­tion growth”.

The site is in a prime lo­ca­tion for busi­ness and res­i­dents. It is less than a mile from Junc­tion 3 of the M4 mo­tor­way and next to the Hayes and Har­ling­ton rail­way sta­tion which will be­come a Cross­rail sta­tion in 2019.

The fac­tory opened in 1913, when it made choco­late, and was bought by Nestlé in 1916. It be­gan pro­duc­ing Nescafé in 1939.

In its hey­day in the 1950s, the fac­tory em­ployed some 2,000 peo­ple.

John McDon­nell , MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton pre­vi­ously spoke out over job losses in Hayes , as the fac­tory was hit by the re­ces­sion in 2012 .

The com­mu­nity will have ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on the scheme when SEGRO and Bar­ratt Lon­don launch their joint con­sul­ta­tion this year.

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