More parking on Paragon site?

Developer to re-examine parking provision on Brentford scheme

Berkeley College Homes is to re-examine the provision of parking spaces on its planned scheme at Paragon, Brentford, in response to concerns raised by residents. It also plans to study the effect that the height of the development would have on the surrounding residential area.   Mixed reactions to new plans

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The proposed development is a partnership between key worker and student housing specialist Berkeley College Homes and Thames Valley University (TVU).  

Matthew Biddle, Managing Director of Berkeley College Homes, said:

"Paragon is a good quality scheme and will provide 232 affordable homes to help address the shortages of key workers in local public services, as well as student accommodation that is specifically required for TVU's NHS contract to train new nurses.

"It will be a major tool in delivering a solution to the undersupply and retention of key workers in Hounslow and will, ultimately, enhance the quality of local services.

"It is designed to comply with government wishes to discourage car use in our cities. However, our consultation with local residents has shown that there are concerns about the potential for an increase in the number of cars parking in their area.

"Planning permission exists on the site for an office development which would bring 600 cars into Brentford. We believe that our plans will bring a better scheme to the area.

"It is important the scheme goes ahead, but we also want to work with local residents and address their concerns".

Securing key worker housing is a high priority in the Brentford area. Steve Logie, Housing Strategy Manager for the North West London NHS Workforce Development Confederation, said: "Locally, the provision of affordable housing by the Paragon scheme will help us to address recruitment and retention problems in West Middlesex Hospital and Hounslow Primary Care Trust".

19 Jan 2004

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