Paragon scheme gets go ahead

Medical teaching facility and over 1000 housing units to be built

A new medical teaching centre for Thames Valley University complete with 840 study bedrooms and over 200 affordable housing units was given the go ahead by Hounslow Council's planning committee last night, 27th July.

The controversial scheme had been criticised by some local residents for being too high, too close to the M4 and for being a likely cause of increased traffic congestion.

However the developers made a number of modifications to their original plans and the scheme, which met with the general approval of local people, was given the go ahead.


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Local resident Seema Malhotra told that "we want to see the site developed as soon as possible - it is an eyesore. We ant to see mixed use - employment is important to retain and we are keen to see a site that is going to contribute to character and community and Brentford".

Whilst generally supporting the scheme there was concern that plans to improve Boston Manor Park would not be carried out with long-term planning in mind. The importance of monitoring traffic flow was also mentioned.

Construction is expected to start in the Autumn.

28 July 2004

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