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Brentford police station plans set to go before public this spring

The developer London Green says it hopes to submit plans for around 300 new homes this autumn

The old Brentford police station

A Brentford landmark which divides opinion could soon be scrubbed from the town's skyline.

A developer hoping to replace the old Brentford police station with hundreds of flats and a new home for Watermans arts centre is preparing to unveil detailed proposals for the site.

London Green hopes to begin public consultations this spring before submitting a planning application this autumn.

It wants to demolish the 13-storey police station, in Half Acre, along with the existing Watermans arts centre and neighbouring Max Factor office block, in High Street, Brentford, and build around 300 homes, plus shops and offices, across the two sites.

An artist's impression of plans for homes and a new-look Watermans arts centre on the site of the old Brentford police station(Image: London Green)

The developer also intends to create a marina on the Thames adjacent to Watermans - which would be separate to the marina planned by the council at Watermans Park - and to accommodate the arts centre as part of the police station plot.

Hounslow Council announced in March last year that it had signed an agreement with London Green to develop the two sites.

London Green said at the time it hoped to submit planning applications for both sites that autumn but news has since been thin on the ground.

A spokesman for the company admitted on Wednesday (February 17) that progress had been slower than expected.

'The overall principle of what we're trying to do remains the same'

"We are now targeting a planning application for the two sites this autumn, and we expect late spring is when we will be in a position to release images and start public consultation," he told getwestlondon .

He remained tight-lipped about details at this stage but said "the overall principle of what we're trying to do remains the same".

The council has said the development will see the Thames Path walkway restored along that stretch of the river.

A sketch on London Green's website suggests the police station would be replaced with another high-rise building.

An artist's impression of new homes and a marina which would replace the current Watermans building and a neighbouring office block(Image: London Green)

Brentford police station closed in 2013 as part of a major London-wide sell-off by the Metropolitan police. It was bought by London Green, which has also acquired the old Max Factor building.

Although London Green has offered to provide a purpose-built new home for Watermans at the police station, the arts centre is understood to still be weighing up its options.

Ballymore has previously suggested it could house the venue as part of its riverside development to the south of High Street, Brentford, which has the attraction of being a more central location.

Watermans said this week that one of the developers was further advanced than the other but both were still "very much on the table".

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