Final Phase of Brentford Lock West Approved

New pedestrian bridge will connect over 400 new homes across the canal

Riverside view


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Planning permission for phase three of Brentford Lock West was quietly granted at Planning Committee last week.

Phase three will deliver 452 new homes (as opposed to the original 213 applied for), with 187 affordable, alongside commercial / retail space and a new public bridge.

The public bridge will create a new route between the new public square and Robin Grove Recreation Ground, improving connectivity through Brentford, while opening access to the Grand Union Canal, local parks, Brentford Station and Brentford High Street.

The new crossing will open before this phase is complete and Waterside Places are also contributing funds towards lighting, CCTV and landscaping improvements at Robin Grove Recreation Ground.

Warehouse and public square

A new public square will be fronted by commercial and retail spaces, along with a new frame overhanging the canal which mirrors the existing overhanging warehouse and recognises the industrial heritage of the area. Towpath improvements, new mooring facilities and the renovation of the existing dock will enhance this stretch of the waterway. To promote sports and leisure activities, new community facilities will be provided for use by local sports clubs.

As part of the Brentford Lock West development, a new bus depot will also be provided on Commerce Road to replacing the existing Metrolink facility on the same site.

Work on the new bridge is expected to start this year and will take two years to complete. Enabling works for phase three and construction of the first buildings is also targeted to start in 2019.

Building heights
Storey heights

Nigel Franklin, chairman at Waterside Places, said:

“We are delighted to have received unanimous approval from London Borough of Hounslow for the third and final phase of Brentford Lock West, along with the new bridge over the Grand Union Canal. This is a ringing endorsement for the vibrant new community we are creating here and we look forward to delivering the final piece of this high quality, award-winning regeneration project in Brentford.”

Stuart Mills, chief investment officer at the Canal & River Trust said:

“Phases 1 & 2 of Brentford Lock West have embraced the canal in Brentford.  It is great news that we can now get on with completing the final phase including the new bridge, which along with the towpath improvements and community facilities on the waterfront, will open up the canal for more people to enjoy stimulating leisure and sports activity and contributing to the wellbeing of everyone who uses the waterway.” 

Site outline
site plan showing blocks and roofscapes with D4 having roof allotments

The lattice beams from the Northern Warehouse will be retained but otherwise the warehouses will be replaced with a modern frame.

452 cycle storage spaces. 164 car parking spaces (0.36 per unit), with at least 16 disabled and 33 electric spaces.

Full documentation can be downloaded from (system number P/2018/2168 or planning number 00297/R/P15) or (system number P/2018/2168 or planning number 00297/R/P16 for landscaping and the bridge).

February 15, 2019

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