Future of Beechams site provokes great interest
development could see 1000 residential units
The consultation by Barratt's Homes into the future of the old Beecham's site has proved very popular with local residents and businesses.
The site presents a challenge to the developers. At present the main entrance is on the busy A4, and it is thought that the main entrance of any new development would be placed on Ealing Road. To further complicate matters the 1936 Wallis House is a listed building and discussions are ongoing with English Heritage as to how much of the building will have to be preserved. It is not yet known how many original features are left in the Art Deco structure.
As part of any new development, Barratt's will have to pay a considerable amount of 'Section 106', or planning gain, money. How this should be spent - on school places, public transport provision etc - is also up for debate.
Barratt's plan to hold meetings with residents groups and other organisations in order to further guage local opinion before submitting an outline plan in April. www.BrentfordTW8.com will keep you informed on these meetings.
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