Mixed Reaction To New Griffin Park Proposals
Some residents disappointed about abandonment of original townhouses plan
A new proposal of the redevelopment of the Griffin Park stadium site is to be submitted.
The original scheme, for which Willmott Dixon received planning permission over five years ago, envisaged 75 relatively low rise townhouses built around a central square. The new design from EcoWorld, the developer of the enabling development around the new Brentford FC stadium will have buildings up to six storeys high and will now contain 149 housing units with a mixture of flats. The maximum height of the original proposal was four storeys.
The developer claims that, as the taller buildings will be at the centre of the site, the scheme will not be much more visible from surrounding areas that the original proposal.
There will be 41 houses in the new scheme ranging from 2-5 bedroom with 108 flats from 1-3 bedroom. Unlike the first scheme, there will be some units classed as affordable though the proportion is not specified.
There will be 65 parking spaces on the site. Motor vehicles will only be able to access the site through the southern Braemar Road entrance.
Rather than a large central square the latest proposal will have a community ‘pocket park’ in the middle.
If given approval over £4 million would be payable through the Community Infrastructure Levy to Hounslow Council and the Greater London Assembly.
The developer says the development would be laid out in a similar fashion to how Griffin Park is laid out today. The new park area at the centre of the site overlaps with the current location of the existing Griffin Park football pitch centre circle.
An online presentation on the proposals (which can be viewed here) is now live and will run to Wednesday 31 March.
A virtual Q&A session is being held on the scheme at Tuesday 23 March at 2pm.
To attend the meeting e-mail GriffinPark@connectpa.co.uk and you will be sent instructions.
One resident commented, “I was happy to support the original proposal as it seemed like an enlightened bit of development that allowed the area to evolve in a positive way. Of course it was too good to be true and the new proposals add exacerbate the already unsustainable increase in population density around the area mainly due to EcoWorld’s stadium enabling development. There is a feeling in the area that we’ve been had.”
The project team expect to submit an application in Summer 2021 and a decision by Hounslow Council is expected before the end year.
Demolition of the Griffin Park site is beginning in shortly and this should be completed in early 2022 which, if the application approved, is when construction of the proposals is expected to begin.
Before construction begins, the developer will enter into a construction management plan with Hounslow Council. This can set limits on construction hours, vehicle movements and other aspects of the development and ensures the construction will be undertaken with consideration of the neighbours.
The construction is expected to take around two-and-a-half years in total.
March 19, 2021