The Next Big Thing’s big break

Shared-own­er­ship flats priced from £106,500 are part of Brent­ford’s dra­matic re­gen­er­a­tion. By Ruth Bloom­field

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stock of Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian houses, there has so far been a dis­ap­point­ing lack of in­vest­ment in lo­cal ameni­ties. The town’s arts cen­tre, Water­mans, of­fers theatre, cinema, Fri­day night cabaret and ex­hi­bi­tions, and is un­doubt­edly the high­light.

Be­yond this, though, there are some ba­sic shops and not a lot else. Most lo­cals head to nearby Chiswick, Kew or Rich­mond for their fun.

A game changer for Brent­ford will be Brent­ford Wa­ter­side, Bal­ly­more’s big mixed- use de­vel­op­ment fea­tur­ing about 900 homes on a site south of the High Street. The scheme will also in­clude new shops, cafés and restau­rants, a gym and leisure cen­tre and wa­ter­front walk­ways.

It was ap­proved by then-mayor Boris John­son back in 2014 but has been

Brent­ford Wa­ter­side is planned, with 900 homes, shops, cafés and a leisure cen­tre de­layed, most re­cently while Houn­slow coun­cil pur­sued Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­ders on a se­ries of build­ings and parcels of land on parts of the site.

Those, it emerged this week, have now been ap­proved and work will start im­me­di­ately.

Re­gen­er­at­ing TW8: plans to open up the River Brent wa­ter­front are in the mix at Brent­ford, which is well con­nected with half-hour Water­loo trains

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