The construction of the long-awaited Asda supermarket in Hayes could start by end of the year, it has been announced.
The British Steel Pension Fund, which owns the site in Millington Road, said it is still locked in negotiations with the council over how to minimise traffic while it is being built.
The talks are at an advanced stage, however, and it is hoped that work will start by December, if not sooner.
A BSPF spokesperson said: “We would like to thank the local community for their patience.
“We are now in the final stages of completing some technical agreements with the council, and other key stakeholders, which will allow us to start work.
“One of the main agreements has been making sure we minimise any disruption on the local roads during the construction phase.”
Next to the 8,000sq m store will be industrial units, and the space are already being marketed to prospective tenants.
The plans were first revealed in January 2011, but the council refused to grant planning consent in November that year because the site – once home to a Westland helicopter factory – sat within an Industrial Business Area, and it said the supermarket would compromise this.
Asda and BSPF appealed, and won.
The project has long had the public’s backing, as it will create about 500 jobs, and Asda has committed to employing people living in the borough.
Critics, including Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell (Lab), have concerns about increased pollution and traffic, the impact the store will have on smaller traders in Hayes town, and the regeneration of the town centre.