Hillingdon Council has announced an innovative urban revitalisation project aimed at tackling the affordable housing shortage.
The plans involve the appropriation of land at the former Yiewsley Library and Yiewsley Pool site, located in Hillingdon, to facilitate the construction of much-needed new homes.
Taking into account valuable feedback from local residents, the council has revised the development plans initially proposed in 2021. Their vision now includes the construction of approximately 95 new homes, comprising 100% affordable housing, along with a state-of-the-art library and additional community spaces.
The proposed redevelopment of the 5,066 square meter site signifies a significant commitment by the council to address the housing needs of the local community. The new library is set to be substantially larger than its predecessor, equipped with modern amenities and featuring retractable bookshelves that allow for multi-functional use of the floor space.
Crucially, Hillingdon Council has reassured residents that the amenity space of Yiewsley Recreation Ground, a designated Metropolitan Open Space since January 2020, will remain untouched. The council is determined to preserve the cherished green space and protect it for the benefit of current and future generations. The proposed development site, classified as brownfield land and largely consisting of existing hardstanding, presents a prime opportunity for urban revitalisation.
As part of the development project, the council has also pledged to enhance the adjacent green areas. These improvements will involve the planting of new trees, refurbishing footpaths, creating a landscaped garden in the space of the old bowling green, and establishing a new children’s play area within Yiewsley Recreation Ground. These additions aim to provide a holistic approach to community development, promoting both affordable housing and improved recreational facilities.
The proposed development aligns with the council’s commitment to enhancing local leisure opportunities. It synergises with the ongoing construction of the Platinum Jubilee Leisure Centre in nearby West Drayton, bolstering the municipality’s overall recreational infrastructure.
Cllr Ian Edwards, leader of Hillingdon Council, emphasised the council’s dedication to nurturing strong communities with access to quality, affordable housing while safeguarding precious green spaces. He stated, “Our plans to develop this vacant brownfield site have been revised following feedback from residents and would allow us to provide much-needed affordable homes for local people, in a borough where suitable sites for housebuilding are scarce.”
Residents are encouraged to review the proposals and share their feedback before the deadline on Tuesday, June 27. The council will carefully consider all representations before making a final decision regarding the appropriation of the land.
Detailed plans showcasing the proposed site appropriation are available for inspection during regular office hours at Yiewsley Library, located on High Street, Yiewsley, UB7 7BE. Additionally, the plans can be accessed online at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/consultation.