Could listed build­ing be re­stored to for­mer glory?

Have your say on fu­ture of Ran­dalls land­mark at con­sul­ta­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

UXBRIDGE res­i­dents are be­ing given the chance to have their say on the fu­ture of an iconic depart­ment store in the town cen­tre.

In­land Homes are work­ing on re­de­vel­op­ment plans for the grade II listed Ran­dalls store, on Vine Street, which has borne for­mer MP Sir John Ran­dall’s fam­ily name since 1981.

The prop­erty de­vel­oper, who carry out ur­ban regeneration projects around South­ern Eng­land, bought the dis­tinc­tive art deco style site in Oc­to­ber 2015, af­ter a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion by the for­mer Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP to close it months ear­lier.

Emerg­ing pro­pos­als will see Ran­dalls of Uxbridge con­verted into a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment, whilst re­spect­ing the ex­ist­ing build­ing and the neigh­bour­ing old Uxbridge Fire Sta­tion in Crick­et­field Road.

CGI images re­veal that the Ran­dalls shopfront will ei­ther cre­ate new shops or of­fice space, with around 60 be­ing built.

In­land Homes say the plans will re­tain the well­known look of the his­toric Uxbridge land­mark and de­liver a scheme that is recog­nis­ably Ran­dall’s.

A public con­sul­ta­tion is be­ing held later this month to al­low lo­cal res­i­dents, groups and busi­ness the op­por­tu­nity to talk to the de­sign team and pro­vide feed­back on the emerg­ing pro­pos­als ahead of a plan­ning sub­mis­sion later this year.

Speak­ing at the tine of the sale, Sir John Ran­dall said it was a harder de­ci­sion than step­ping down as an MP from Par­lia­ment.

“It’s up there with be­reave­ment” he said.

Speak­ing of the sale to In­land Homes, he said: “It was al­ways go­ing to be a wrench for my­self and my fel­low share­hold­ers to sell the prop­erty af­ter all the years in our fam­ily’s own­er­ship.”

He added: “How­ever, we are ex­cited by the very real in­ter­est taken by In­land Homes in the her­itage aspects of the build­ing and site. apart­ments

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing the build­ing be­ing re­vi­talised in the next part of its evo­lu­tion.”

In­land Homes are keen to gather public opin­ion on the pro­pos­als be­fore a de­fin­i­tive plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Nearby shop owner Scott Bal­cony, of Bal­cony Shirts, Wind­sor Street, Uxbridge, shared his view.

He said: “I think it would be a real shame if the Ran­dalls build­ing wasn’t a shop of some kind.

“It would be nice to see it re­turned to its for­mer glory – a few flats could help pay for it, but it would be tragic if it was all flats.”

All mem­bers of the public are wel­come to at­tend the two up­com­ing public con­sul­ta­tions: Fri­day, May 27, be­tween 11.30am and 5pm and Satur­day, May 28, be­tween 10.30am and 2.30pm.

They will be held at St Mar­garet’s Church, Wind­sor Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1AB.

n VIEWS RE­QUIRED: Re­de­vel­op­ment plans could see around 60 flats at­tached to the for­mer depart­ment store in In­lands Homes CGI im­age and right

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