Hillingdon Council has withdrawn plans for 100 new homes and a modern new library in Yiewsley so that concerns from residents can be addressed in a revised and improved application.
The plans to develop the Otterfield Road site (former Yiewsley pool site) and the Falling Lane site (Yiewsley Library and car park land) had been subject to local objections.
The new application is expected to be submitted this autumn. Residents will have the opportunity to comment on the revised plans, which allows the council to present the specifics of the development and enable residents to give feedback before the formal re-submission.
The majority of Yiewsley Recreation Ground was designated Metropolitan Open Land. There is no intention to build on any of this designated land, which includes a football pitch and children’s play area and has Green Flag status.
As part of the revised proposals, the council intends to deliver improvements in the park funded by money from developers. The details of those improvements will be shaped by feedback from residents during the consultation period.
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for residents services, said: “We’re determined to deliver a development that creates vitally-needed, quality housing while also preserving and enhancing the local leisure offer for residents.
“We’ve read and understand some of the concerns residents raised about the original application and have withdrawn it so we can revise and improve it.
“We’ll now make improvements as part of a new application to ensure we can provide a scheme that best fits the local community while still creating more homes for local residents.
“The proposed new development, along with a brand-new leisure centre in nearby West Drayton, is an opportunity to bring a revitalised leisure offer to the area, and we’re confident when the new proposals are submitted, residents will feel it is something they can support.”
Under the proposals, a new library will be built on the Otterfield Road site, providing modern facilities, including retractable bookshelves, which will allow the floor space to be more functional and opened up for events.
The new library will also feature improved study spaces, with laptop bars and access to a secure outdoor area.
The Falling Lane housing site will offer residents private and communal amenity space, and the Otterfield Road site will feature a community garden and children’s play area.
The nearby leisure centre, currently under construction, will include a 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool, leisure pool, sports hall, rooftop 3G turf football pitch, gym, soft play area, climbing wall, youth and community zone, café and a multi-function space for local groups.
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