Golden Mile vision revealed

Golden Mile Vision Oct 2014Hounslow Council has shown plans to create more than 28,700 jobs and build 1,580 new homes along Brentford’s Golden Mile.

The proposals include a ‘Skyline’ train link between Brentford and Southall, which the council say could be opened in time for the completion of Crossrail.

The council has created a master plan for the A4 between Gillette Corner and Chiswick Park – actually around two and a half miles – aiming to attract developers and investors for what it describes as “the key gateway from Heathrow to central London”.

The plans split the A4 corridor into three districts – The Blue Sky district centred around BSkyB’s campus, Brentford Lock North, and Kew Gate near Brentford FC’s new Lionel Road ground.

Blue Sky is a ‘creative quarter’ in the council’s plans, providing 12,500 jobs, with the Gilette Factory – sold by the Bonnington Group last year to Gilette Corner Holdings, and which has an extant permission for a hotel/leisure development – seen as a “series of large atrium spaces, bringing together a mixture of small and medium sized businesses under one roof”.

The council wants a new station here to connect to Crossrail at Southall using an existing freight line for passenger services, and an elevated walking link to the Piccadilly line at Boston Manor tube station.

Brentford Lock North would be a mixture of 560 homes, shops and office space for 4,000 jobs.

Kew Gate includes a vision for 870 homes more than are planned as part of the Brentford stadium development, along with a new Lionel Road station on a new link from Hounslow to Willesden Junction.

Some employers have criticised the plans as “dumping” homes on a business area.

Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran, said: “We want to bring back the glory days to the Golden Mile which is already home to some major international companies.

“The route, which is on the doorstep of Europe’s busiest airport and a few miles from central London is brimming with opportunities for serious, international developers and investors.”

Cllr Curran said the Mayor of London and the Government can also play its part in helping unlock the Golden Mile’s potential.

He said: “We need a big improvement to the public transport links to realise our vision. We want to see a brand new station near Sky’s HQ by using an under-used freight line and create a new station – the Golden Mile’s very own station – and link it to Southall which will be on Crossrail.”

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