Paragon Developers Yield to Residents' Pressure

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Plans for student accommodation and key worker housing in Hounslow have been substantially amended following consultation with local people and community groups.

A key concern for the Paragon site on Great West Road was the amount of parking spaces and this has now been doubled -

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although this will still provide 100 places for over 1200 residents.

The accommodation - together with much needed extra teaching space - is essential for the university to be able to deliver its commitment to the NHS to provide qualified nurses, according to a TVU spokesperson.
"There is a desperate need for more accommodation for student nurses in this area and for the space to teach them. The West London NHS Confederation is looking to TVU to provide 1,000 student study bedrooms primarily to train nurses and midwives. Bringing these facilities to Brentford will provide a direct benefit to the area.   The Paragon Development will be examined at the Brentford and Isleworth Area Committee on Thursday 4th March. Information on this meeting available here.

"Local hospitals are experiencing great difficulties in the recruitment and retention of staff. By training nurses in the area, and by providing affordable accommodation for them once they have qualified, we believe that this scheme will help to improve health services for local people. The scheme will also provide affordable accommodation for other essential public services workers - such as teachers and metropolitan police employees - who are currently being priced out of the area."

The scheme represents an effective use of a site that is currently used as a haulage yard and will boost employment in the area with the scheme bringing in an estimated 250 jobs.

The TVU spokesperson added: "We hope that this scheme will represent the first step for TVU in developing its presence in the borough. We are in the process of expansion and hope that we will have the chance to invest further in Hounslow".

In the wake of Brunel University's departure, Thames Valley University is bringing a new university presence to Hounslow.

1 March 2004

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