THE much-opposed Southall Gas Works proposals have been given the go-ahead following a public hearing at City Hall.
London Mayor Boris Johnson addressed a room full of concerned residents and councillors yesterday evening (March 25) and gave his approval to the regeneration project, which will see the construction of a 'mini village' consisting of 3750 homes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable, as well as leisure and recreational facilities.
Although the site sits predominantly in Southall, it is feared that the development will put a strain on services in Hayes Town, and have an adverse impact on traffic and the ecology of the area.
The Mayor said that he was satisfied that all major concerns surrounding the development had been addressed and added: "This application is clearly of major significance to London, with the homes it will deliver and the jobs it will create.
"West London is an important driver for the capital’s entire economy and within a decade it will become one of the best-connected regions in the UK with the arrival of Crossrail.
"Failure to give the Southall application the go-ahead and develop this key brownfield site could be detrimental to the future economic prosperity of the area."
Developers will contribute £22 million towards infrastructure and local services, and only two thirds of the proposed housing can be built before a nearby road is widened to ease traffic congestion.
Both Ealing and Hillingdon councils, whose boundaries the development will cross, refused planning applications for the site last year.
The Mayor, believing the development to be of "major strategic importance" for the whole of London, exercised his new planning powers on December 22 and 'called in' the application for his determination.