The Mayor of London has waved through SEGRO and Barratt’s plan for a mixed use industrial and residential scheme on the site of the former Nestle factory in Hayes.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, has written to Hillingdon Council to say that the Mayor is content to allow Hillingdon to determine the application.
Hillingdon Council approved the plans in December.
SEGRO is responsible for the industrial element and Barratt London will be responsible for delivering the homes and community space on the site alongside the railway at Hayes.
The former Nestle factory that once produced chocolate and coffee, is a feature of the local community and the developers say the proposed plans have been designed to honour the heritage of the site. There are three hectares of new public spaces, including a public plaza at the heart of the development, named after Eugen Sandow, the man who built the factory in 1913.
The scheme will also deliver other benefits, ranging from a 1.3 km public trim trail to a redeveloped canal frontage, to a coffee shop in the Canteen building. There will also be improvements made to the local road junctions including the Bulls Bridge Roundabout.
The development will bring employment to the area. SEGRO say 350 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and around 500 permanent jobs created by the employment space.
Working with Brunel University and Uxbridge College, SEGRO and Barratt London will deliver skills training packages to ensure that the local people are ready to apply for the jobs generated by the scheme.
A new supply chain initiative will also be developed to ensure that the smaller businesses and enterprises in and around Hillingdon will be able to compete for construction contracts.
The 30 acre site, which SEGRO acquired in 2015, is close to Heathrow and the M4. Hayes and Harlington railway station will become a Crossrail station in 2019.