Council considers CPO on Brentford scheme
by James Renoux-Wood Thu 3 November 2016, 11:31 am
Hounslow Council is considering issuing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the remaining land at a development site between Brentford High Street and the Grand Union Canal.
The council’s director of regeneration, economic development and environment, Brendon Walsh, told Great West magazine that the local authority is continuing to negotiate with landowners over the sale of the remainder of the site to the developer, Ballymore, in a bid to prevent having to issue a CPO.
Ballymore owns 93% of the 4.5-ha site, where it has planning permission to build up to 900 homes. The developer has been waiting two years to begin the scheme since the application was approved in November 2014. Negotiations between the landowner and the developer have stalled since then.
The project would include around 18,000sq m of retail and commercial space, and there are also plans for water sports facilities and a museum. A new home for Watermans Arts Centre has also been mooted.