Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @amb­hack

THE HIS­TORIC Randalls de­part­ment store in Uxbridge will be con­verted to flats and shop space af­ter plan­ning ap­proval was given to devel­op­ers.

In 2015 Sir John Ran­dall, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip be­fore Boris John­son, closed the store which has borne the fam­ily name since 1891.

Prop­erty devel­op­ers In­land Homes bought the Grade II listed Vine Street build­ing in Oc­to­ber 2015 and a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to con­vert the site to hous­ing was sub­mit­ted last year.

Hilling­don Coun­cil ap­proved the scheme at the ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing held in Uxbridge.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Cllr John Oswell said: “An­other re­ally nice scheme that’s come be­fore us tonight and aren’t we lucky be­cause we have had some bum deals.

“This is a good scheme I think and I’m re­ally quite pleased with it.”

He said he was pleased the Old Fire Sta­tion Build­ing on the site would be main­tained and con­verted to du­plex apart­ments.

The project will see the de­mo­li­tion of the 1960s ex­ten­sion to the build­ing as well as the care­tak­ers flat and ware­house build­ings.

Devel­op­ers have re­ceived per­mis­sion to con­vert part of the first floor to flats, build a sec­ond storey roof ex­ten­sion for apart­ments, ex­ter­nal restora­tion work.

There will be three new res­i­den­tial blocks rang­ing from three to six storeys and a new ground floor re­tail unit.

The scheme was unan­i­mously ap­proved by the coun­cil.

In to­tal the new devel­op­ment will con­sist of 58 res­i­dents units and 750 square me­tres of com­mer­cial floorspace.

The Art Deco build­ing was re­cently used as a set by films crews.

The film is be­lieved to be Good­bye Chriso­pher Robin, about the author of the hugely pop­u­lar Win­nie the Pooh chil­dren’s books, and star Mar­got Rob­bie and Domh­nall Glee­son.

John Ran­dall pic­tured out­side the store in 2005

Light­ing up Uxbridge: The Grade II listed Randalls site is a much-loved land­mark in the town

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