The draft Southall Opportunity Area Planning Framework sets out the planning, regeneration and design guidance that the council hope will lead to the creation of 6,000 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs.
Southall will be 18 minutes from Central London when Crossrail opens. The framework, which is now open for consultation, proposes a major new, mixed-use development at Southall Station, improvements to transport infrastructure and new residential neighbourhoods at Havelock, the Green and Southall East.
It also recommends major improvements to Broadway and South Road and the strengthening of its specialist Asian retail offer through creating a greater variety of retail, leisure and evening economy uses to complement the current offer.
Planning permission has already been granted for the redevelopment of the former Southall Gas Works site which could create 3,750 new homes. The scheme will also include a school and shops and, hope the council, create 1,000 permanent jobs. The first homes in the new neighbourhood are anticipated to complete in 2019.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Southall is one of London’s gems and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will herald a new chapter for the town, stimulating large-scale investment in commercial activities, retail and housing and sparking massive regeneration.”
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “This document sets out a joint approach to regenerating Southall over the next 20 years, and will help us to deliver the community-driven Southall Big Plan, transforming the area into a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.”
The 46 hectare Southall Opportunity Area is one of 33 areas designated by the Mayor with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other development.