VSM Estates, the joint venture between St Modwen and Vinci, has submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of a former RAF Bentley Priory, which look to produce 103 upper-end homes on the 57 acre site, to turn the Mansion House into a museum, and restore the gardens.
VSM has, through MOD project MoDEL, agreed to upgrade RAF Northolt’s facilities – particularly the service accomodation, in exchange for the right to develop on six other sites, all inside the M25. RAF West Ruislip and RAF Eastcote have both been worked up towards detailed planning approval and sold – Ruislip to CALA Homes, and Eastcote to George Wimpey, in an apparent policy of producing ‘ready-to-build’ sites for housebuilders.
RAF Uxbridge is the largest site, at 110 acres it’s claimed to be the largest development site in West London by the developer, and "in an accessible and sustainable location close to Uxbridge town centre, train station, the Chimes Shopping Centre and the High Street".
It has been designated for mixed-use development by the London Borough of Hillingdon, VSM plan a "mixed-use scheme that including approximately 1,800 new homes, 250,000 sq ft of commercial space, public open space and other community facilities".
The Uxbridge site is due for public consultation this autumn, with detailed planning submission expected "late 2008". According to VSM’s website, tey expect to dispose of the site between 2010 and 2012.
Further information – VSM Estates