Huge mixed-use scheme approved for Southall

by Marco Cillario Fri 22 April 2016, 3:26 pm

Ealing is to see 3,750 new homes built on the site of the former Southall Gasworks.

The Berkeley Group announced on 12 April 2016 that a new masterplan for the regeneration of the 35-ha brownfield site had been approved: this will pave the way for the creation of a mixed-use scheme, called Southall Waterside.

Along with the new properties, it will comprise 152,400sq m of commercial space, community facilities, a two-form entry primary school and a health centre.

The developer said that over half of the site will be dedicated to open space, with landscaped public parkland, piazzas, leisure and play spaces.

The scheme will be connected to the bordering 38.5-ha Minet Country Park through cycle paths and walkways and have access to a 1km waterside trail along the Grand Union Canal.

The project will be delivered in a number of phases over the next 25 years.

Berkeley is currently preparing a detailed planning application for the first phase, on the north-east corner of the site, which will include about 618 homes, of which 186 will be allocated as affordable, along with roads, parking and landscaping.

If approved, phase A should be complete in mid-2018.

Sean Ellis, executive director at Berkeley Group, spoke of an “exciting future” for the site following the approval of the masterplan.

“These gasworks closed almost 50 years ago,” he explained. “This is the largest regeneration scheme in west London and creates a much more diverse residential and commercial offer for Southall.

“When 80% of new homes currently planned for the capital are in just three East London boroughs, this provides some welcomed balance."

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, added: “Southall is being transformed and these plans are an important part of our drive to regenerate the area, bring in jobs, shops and community facilities.

“I'm pleased that the developer listened to our suggestions for how their plans could be improved to ensure the scheme brings the greatest benefit and least disruption to the local area."

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