LB Hillingdon will oppose the plans for Southall Gasworks, on the basis they believe they will seriously negatively affect Hayes Town Centre.
National Grid’s proposals for the former gasworks site, now used as airport parking, fall under LB Ealing’s jurisdiction, but require an access road in Hillingdon, off the Hayes bypass, so Hillingdon are able to comment formally on the scheme.
The plans for the site in Southall, include over 3,000 homes, a hotel, offices and a cinema.There are also plans for a biofuels plant, but these were recently refusedby Ealing Council.
Councillor Mo Kursheed, who represents Botwell (Lab), told the Uxbridge Gazette: “I think it would kill Hayes completely. They are proposing to build a mini-town in itself. There is very little provision for schools, and there are major traffic issues, I am worried.”
He was backed by David Brough, chairman of Hayes Town Partnership, who told the Gazette: “The people of Hayes do not know what is going to hit them. The Coldharbour Lane and Pump Lane junction is already a bottleneck and any extra vehicles will bring the town centre to a complete halt. The potential threat to Hayes as a shopping centre is a great cause for concern. There is pressure for this site to be developed for housing at some point in the future, but because of the adverse traffic, shopping and environmental effects, I believe that the council is right to resist the present proposals.”
Hillingdon Council held a special meeting at which councillors agreed to formally oppose the proposals.
A decision is expected to be made on the site by an Ealing Council planning committee in the coming months, although no date has yet been set.
Hayes Town Centre is the subject of a special session at Place West London on October 13. See the full programme for the event.