LB Hounslow Local Plan to bring significant changes “failing” area near Chiswick Roundabout

Above: artist’s impression of the changes; image LB Hounslow

Power Road area ‘failing’ according to LB Hounslow

A number of significant changes to Chiswick have been revealed in LB Hounslow’s new Local Plan.

The draft plan will be presented to councillors at the next borough cabinet meeting to give an update on its progress. The National Planning Policy Framework requires every Local Authority to review or partially review their Local Plan every five years. The Local Plan is due to be published next year.

It covers a variety of planned local changes, including an update on a previous policy document for the Great West Corridor. Chiswick is in the eastern section section of the Great West Corridor, which includes Chiswick Roundabout, Chiswick Business Park and the Power Road Quarter.

Chiswick Roundabout has been identified as ‘failing’ by council officers who say in a report to cabinet:

“In the east of the borough, Chiswick Business Park represents one of the most successful business parks in the country but is immediately next to secondary locations in the GWC which are failing, this is because of the area’s generally poor environmental quality, low accessibility, not fit for purpose employment buildings and monocultural mix of uses are not attracting businesses.

“A plan-led approach for transformational change is therefore critical in the GWC to regenerate the area by introducing a mix of uses, boosting public transport provision, delivering high-quality design and radically enhancing the public realm.”

Image above: Gunnersbury Station

What is being proposed?

The plan would introduce three new public spaces. One, named Fountain Square, would be on Capital Interchange Way at the intersection with a new route to Brentford Stadium. The development would be very close to Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, which would itself be redeveloped into a community space.

Nearby would be the Lionel Road Station Plaza, a new public space outside the proposed station for the West Orbital Line. Gunnersbury Square would be in the heart of the B&Q site development, on the route from Capital Interchange Way to Power Road, and with the potential future connection into Gunnersbury Cemetery.

Other transport additions on the wishlist include the enhancement of Gunnersbury Station, which would be made step free from the pavement to the platform.

The highest building by Chiswick Roundabout is expected be a 61 metres high tower, as opposed to 70 metres proposed previously. No indication is given of the likely heights of buildings in the Power Road Quarter.

The target for the minimum number of residential units for the Great West Corridor area generally has been reduced to 2,580 over the plan term, compared to a previous target of 3,350. The number of new jobs expected to be generated in the area has also been revised down, but it does include 100 extra at Gunnersbury Station and 150 at the Power Road Quarter.

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