HUN­DREDS OF HOMES SET FOR HILLINGDON GATEWAY

DEVELOPERS RE­VEAL NEW PLANS FOR FOR­MER MAS­TER BREWER HO­TEL SITE

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PLANS to build more than 300 homes in Hillingdon have been un­veiled.

Public con­sul­ta­tions have been held on Hillingdon Gateway, a new 377home hous­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for a site pre­vi­ously ear­marked for a su­per­mar­ket.

Meyer Homes is plan­ning on build­ing the homes on the site Tesco had ear­marked to build a su­per­store, ho­tel and 128 homes where the Mas­ter Brewer Ho­tel once stood.

Tesco developers Spen­hill had re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion for a su­per­store, a six-storey 70 bed­room ho­tel and 125 new homes on the site in 2014 but work never started.

How­ever, af­ter fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty, the Mas­ter Brewer site and 13 oth­ers in Lon­don and the South East, were sold to Meyer Homes (then known as Meyer Bergman) in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The new pro­pos­als are for 377 new homes on the six-acre brown­field site be­hind Hillingdon sta­tion, sand­wiched be­tween the A40 and Freeze­land Way.

Around 59% of the homes are to be “fam­ily homes” while there is also a re­tail unit and af­ford­able workspaces in the pro­posal.

The en­tire de­vel­op­ment could bene- fit from 2,000 square me­tres of com­mu­nal amenity and play space, as well as 1,600 square me­tres of pri­vate gar­dens.

At pre­sent the tallest build­ings around the out­side would have nine­storeys while build­ings closer to the cen­tre would have five.

The scheme has pro­posed 201 res­i­dent park­ing spa­ces, 12 com­mer­cial and vis­i­tor spa­ces and two car club cars.

Con­sul­ta­tions were held on July 18 at the site and July 20 at St Giles’ Church, Ick­en­ham.

Fol­low­ing the con­sul­ta­tions, Meyer Homes is hop­ing to sub­mit its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in sum­mer 2017, and an­tic­i­pate a de­ci­sion later this year.

A spokesman for Meyer Homes stated: “The For­mer Mas­ter Brewer site off Freeze­land Way, which we are now re­fer­ring to as Hillingdon Gateway, has long been the sub­ject of de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als.

“Given the site’s his­tory and im­por­tance, our project team has been con­sid­er­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proach to bring­ing the site back into mean­ing­ful use, in the con­text of the in­creas­ing need for new homes in Hillingdon and across the cap­i­tal.

“The public ex­hi­bi­tion events pro­vide the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to view the new plans for the site and to give us feed­back as we de­velop our plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.”

An artists im­pres­sion of the build­ings at Hillingdon Gateway

Artist’s im­pres­sion of the Tesco store on the site, which re­ceived per­mis­sion but was never built

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