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The 2.67 hectare (6.6 acres) London Road South site will be redeveloped with a brand new primary school, at least 250 new mixed-tenure homes and attractively landscaped public open space. Over 40% of the new homes will be affordable, to reflect housing needs in the borough.
A variety of new homes are proposed, from four bedroom family houses to studio apartments. A number of the homes will be available to elderly residents and 10% will be wheelchair accessible. The partners will now consult with the local community before submitting the outline planning application in May 2016. Initial works are due to commence in January 2017, subject to planning.
Countryside will be the overall developer on the scheme and Network will take on the long-term management and maintenance of the affordable homes.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The development at the Hounslow Town Primary School site is central to our regeneration plans for the town centre. Providing good quality homes and schools are top priorities for us as a council, as having a warm, safe, secure home and a good school place for our children are the foundations of a quality life. This new development which includes a modern, expanded primary school and 40% affordable homes will help our residents to achieve this.”
Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Partnerships at Countryside, said: “These are exciting times for Hounslow and we are delighted to be working with the Council for the first time. This selection and other recent wins further strengthen our position as one of the most experienced urban regeneration partners in the UK. Together with the Council and Network, we are committed to delivering a unique and high quality scheme that will benefit the local community. The new school will have excellent facilities to support a modern education, with an increase in places to meet pupil demand. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver an exceptional development.”
Vicky Savage, Group Development Director for Network Housing added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Countryside to deliver an attractive range of affordable homes for rent and for shared ownership in the heart of Hounslow. Network has always strived to help create real communities where people want to live. “These new homes will benefit local people whether they are first time buyers seeking a foot on the property ladder or families looking for the right place to bring up their children.”
The development will have excellent transport connections. Hounslow East Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line is just 500 metres away and Hounslow bus station is parallel to the site.
About the scheme
The site, which is located between Pears Road and London Road, was designated for development by Hounslow in its 2014 Local Plan. The new five form entry Hounslow Town Primary School will be built in the first stage of the development, to enable the school to continue operating throughout the redevelopment process. New school buildings will provide a supportive educational environment, with contemporary sports and play facilities.
Countryside has selected architects Pollard Thomas Edwards to design the scheme. Central to the designs will be the creation of a series of school buildings that sit harmoniously within the residential setting. Pedestrian routes will be retained and improved, to encourage residents to walk through the new open space to access the town centre.
About Network Housing Group
A member of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations, Network Housing Group owns and manages over 19,000 homes across London, Hertfordshire and the South East. We are also currently developing over 1,000 new homes a year. Our commitment to communities goes way beyond developing, regenerating and managing houses, we ultimately want to see communities strengthen, grow and prosper as a cohesive whole. For this reason we invest over £1m each year in delivering economic development, social and environmental projects in the communities where we work. For further details visit www.networkhg.org.uk