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To mark the occasion, a ground-breaking event took place on 15 June 2017, attended by key parties involved in the project, including senior members of Countryside and partners Network Homes, Greater London Authority, James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development at City Hall, Cllr Curran of Hounslow Council and Chris Hill, Headteacher of Hounslow Town Primary School.
The development is a result of the successful partnership between the London Borough of Hounslow and Countryside and has benefited from £6.2m Greater London Authority, Housing Zone Funding Grant.
The 2.67 hectare site will be redeveloped, including a brand new five form entry primary school and 284 mixed-tenure homes, of which 50% will be affordable housing. Countryside will be the overall housebuilder and Network Homes will own and manage the affordable homes.
Speaking about the start of work on site, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray, said: “It is great to be working with Hounslow and its partners to build a new school alongside nearly 300 new homes, and I am pleased that together the Council and City Hall have been able to make sure half of the homes will be affordable to rent and buy."
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, added, “We welcome the start of construction on site, marking the next chapter with our partners Countryside and Network Homes on this exciting project. This is the second housing development in the borough to offer 50 per cent affordable housing, and we look forward to the provision of much-needed good quality affordable homes, including shared ownership and affordable rent properties. With the need for more school places at an all-time high, we are also delighted that this project will also provide a brand new, state of the art, modern primary school that will expand the current school’s services, with a further two classes per year group.”
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. The new school buildings will provide a supportive educational environment, with contemporary sports and play facilities. The creation of school buildings will sit harmoniously within the residential setting, consisting 273 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 11 four-bedroom houses. The pedestrian routes will be retained and improved to encourage residents to walk through the new open space to access the town centre.
Graham Cherry, Chief Executive at Countryside Partnerships South comments: “We were delighted to be joined by the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development at City Hall and Cllr Curran of Hounslow Council to officially mark the start of work at Hounslow Town Primary School site. The regeneration of the town centre has been a high priority for the Council and local residents for many years and we are delighted to work alongside them in delivering an exceptional scheme that will benefit the whole community. It is Countryside’s mission to create places people love and this development will offer a great place for modern family living, including good quality homes and essential school places.”
Vicky Savage, Executive Director of Development at Network Homes added: “We are proud to be co investing with Countryside and London Borough of Hounslow to bring a range of affordable homes to this important local regeneration site. As always, our goal is not just to deliver beautiful homes but to create thriving communities which open up every possibility for local people. We are grateful to our partners at the GLA for their financial backing and overall support.”