The Next Big Thing’s big break
Shared-ownership flats priced from £106,500 are part of Brentford’s dramatic regeneration. By Ruth Bloomfield
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