The Local Development Framework for Hayes and West Drayton, which designates the whole of the south of LB Hillingdon a “Heathrow Opportunity Area”, has received a cautious welcome.
The LDF proposes thousands of new homes and the creation of many jobs. Large parts of Hayes Town are zoned for office blocks and hotels, as the addition of Crossrail to the transport links provides a “catalyst for growth and regeneration”. Public Consultation on the plan ended last week.
The Council hopes that jobs and increased training opportunities created for local people will redress the inequality between the north and south of the borough.
David Brough, chairman of the Hayes Town Partnership, said the plans would be looked upon favourably in principle, but that caution was necessary. He told the Uxbridge Gazette: “I welcome the recognition of Hayes as a key local centre and the enormous potential for regeneration presented by Crossrail. I applaud the plans to provide more jobs and more homes in the south of the borough, but I need to know more about how local people are going to get their fair share, and how all the support services are to be provided.”
Hayes Town Centre was the subject of an ideas session at the Place West London conference in 2009. The ideas presented there have helped the Council realise this new LDF. This year’s Place West London conference is on October 14. See the programme here.