Plans approved for 527-home Hounslow mixed-use scheme

Plans have been approved for a mixed-use development rising up to 27 storeys in the centre of Hounslow in west London, including 527 homes, a cinema and 9,000 square metres of retail, restaurant and cafe space.

Hounslow High Street Quarter (pic Barratt Developments)
Hounslow High Street Quarter (pic Barratt Developments)

The application, submitted by developer Barratt to the London Borough of Hounslow, sought approval for the construction of a mixed-use development comprising five blocks with 527 flats (311 private units, 108 shared ownership units and 108 affordable rent units), a cinema, 9,830 square metres of retail, restaurant and cafe uses, infrastructure including 513 parking spaces and 686 cycle parking spaces.

The tallest building would rise to 27 storeys.

A planning report said that the 2.5-hectare site had been allocated within the council’s adopted local plan "for the mix of uses now proposed and is identified within the Hounslow Town Centre Masterplan as being able to deliver significant regeneration and help to promote an active evening economy that is currently lacking from the town centre."

The report said that, in addition to the "substantial regeneration benefits" the new homes would include the provision of 41 per cent affordable housing on site.

"This would make a much needed contribution to housing delivery generally and affordable housing provision in particular within the borough", the report said.

Elsewhere, the document said that while the height of the tallest tower "represents a significant departure from the height of surrounding area, it is considered that this has been successfully achieved through a high quality architectural and urban design approach, resulting in a highly visible addition to the Hounslow skyline that has been well considered in terms of its design and appearance."

It said the scheme would result "in some harm to adjoining land uses, in particular in the form of the surrounding residential properties" but it was "not considered that this would result in an unacceptable impact with the significant benefits of the scheme outweighing any harm."

Overall, the report that planners considered that the scheme would bring "substantial benefits to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the area, notably those arising from the regeneration this scheme will bring to Hounslow town centre which will help reinforce the town centre as an attractive destination for residents and visitors".

The application will now be referred to the mayor of London.

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