The rejuvenation of Hounslow Town Centre has been singled out for praise in a nationwide report into excellence in regeneration.
The British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC)’s Beyond Retail: Redefining the Shape and Purpose of Town Centres report held up nine different regeneration projects as beacons for town planners to mimic.
The Hounslow High Street Quarter has seen Hounslow Council teaming up with developers Barrett London and Wilson Bowden for the multimillion pound facelift aimed at making the town centre a magnet for shoppers across west London.
Once completed the project would include 527 new homes, a striking 27-storey tower block, a new urban square, shops and a multiplex cinema. Forty-one per cent of the homes will be affordable in line with the council’s strict policy. The detailed plans have yet to be given the green light by Hounslow Council.
Paul Sargent, Chief Executive of Queensberry Real Estate, one of the authors of the report, said: “Development of large retail only schemes may now be rare. Yet, retail continues to play a pivotal role as part of mixed-use regeneration in town and city centres. It is clear from these case studies that those councils taking a proactive approach to achieve bespoke funding solutions with developers will have a greater chance to ensure project viability, encouraging more development.”
Hounslow Council has put in applications for compulsory purchase orders for parts of the town centre to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark.
Hounslow Council Leader Councillor Steve Curran said: “It is great that, out of all the ambitious regeneration schemes being implemented around the country, the Hounslow High Street Quarter has won special praise. If it gets planning permission the project will totally transform Hounslow Town Centre. We hope that it will become a busy shopping hub and also a great place to live. I am pleased the BCSC agrees.”