HOUNSLOW proved a major draw on arguably the world’s biggest stage, according to the man leading the council’s regeneration drive.
Brendon Walsh claimed developers were queuing up to get a slice of the action in Hounslow town centre and other key sites across the borough at last week’s MIPIM property conference.
Hounslow Council’s director of regeneration, economic development and environment was part of a three-person team representing the borough at the three-day fair in Cannes.
He said 23 firms had expressed an interest in developing the car park beside ASDA in Hounslow town centre, known as Key Site One.
Investors were also particularly keen to learn more about the old Gillette building in Brentford, added Mr Walsh.
Hounslow Council is finalising its ‘master plan’ for the town centre, which will act as a guide for developers, ahead of a cabinet meeting next month.
Investors will then be invited to submit bids for Key Site One, which will be whittled down to the best four.
Mr Walsh said he hoped to have a preferred developer on board by December, after which more detailed proposals would go to public consultation ahead of a formal planning application.
He told the Chronicle the master plan would not be overly ‘prescriptive’ when it came to the height of buildings or the amount of housing at Key Site One.