Approval recommended for Hounslow’s new park
Thursday 29 June 2017
Formal Investments welcomes London Borough of Hounslow planning officers’ recommendation that councillors approve its proposal to create a large new public park as part of a process of underground mineral extraction linked to the creation of underground warehouse space.
The plans have been widely consulted on, including with the Council’s Heston & Cranford Area Forum, with local politicians, nearby residents, community groups and the wider Hounslow community, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.
The proposal is to extract gravel from beneath the surface of 110 acres of disused land which sits alongside The Parkway (A312) and Bath Road (A4) – commonly known as Rectory Farm.
The underground space created by the extraction will house 175,000 sqm of warehouse floorspace. Areas of the largest new park in West London for more than 100 years will be available for the public’s enjoyment within 12 months of starting on site. The whole project will generate around 2,500 new job opportunities.
Formal Investments director Nicholas King said: “We are pleased to have worked so constructively with Hounslow’s planners and look forward to the planning committee considering our exciting proposal to create both economic growth and a high quality green public space free for all to enjoy.
“The plans have been widely consulted on, including with the Council’s Heston & Cranford Area Forum, with local politicians, nearby residents, community groups and the wider Hounslow community, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.”
“We thank everyone for their input, advice and suggestions to date and hope that those many partnerships can continue to flourish to create a tremendous legacy in the form of a new public park. We hope the planning committee looks favourably on our application.”