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Plans for Cavalry Barracks approved

Wed 31 July 2019, 4:04 pm

A blueprint for the future of Hounslow Cavalry Barracks was approved at a meeting in July to create 1,000 new homes, jobs and green spaces.

The redevelopment plans were approved by the council’s Cabinet at a meeting on 9 July, as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) intends to release the site next year after the existing unit currently housed there will be relocated to another part of the country.

The planning brief focuses on a residential-led development with family properties and 50% affordable homes. There will be retail, community and employment facilities and public open spaces, as well as pedestrian and cycle links within the site and to Hounslow West station through Beaversfield Park.

A central aim for the development is to retain a strong identity that reflects its military heritage. Councillor Steve Curran, council leader and cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said: “The future re-development of the Cavalry Barracks provides a significant opportunity to deliver new private and affordable housing, community facilities and most importantly, the protection and enhancement of the Listed Buildings and historic environment.

“We want to preserve the long and proud military heritage of the site while retaining as much use of the 14 listed buildings, given that the entire site is in a conservation area. At the same time, and particularly with an area this large, there needs to be guidance for developers on what we would like to see and how it will integrate with the rest of Hounslow West, building and supporting a strong local community.”

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