Councillors gathered on Friday (July 7) to discuss the visionary proposal to build a park on the surface of disused land in the borough and extract gravel from below the surface to make way for underground warehouse space.
The park at Rectory Farm will cover an area of 110 acres, making it the largest open space in London for over 100 years.
The council initially rejected the plans for the farm in April 2015, two years on from the original submission, on the grounds there was potential archaeological issues and it was an unsuitable development of green belt land.
Those behind the proposal say the development will create up to 2,500 new jobs including roles in the delivery, management and maintenance of the park.
When will it be complete?
Work on the disused land at Cranford and Heston alongside The Parkway (A312) and Bath Road (A4) is expected to start in 2019 with a vision for the first area of the park to be open to the public in 2020.
Work on the underground warehouse space is expected to take much longer, due to the 15 year process of extraction, construction and landscaping activity, despite this the first underground warehouse space is set to be open for businesses to use in 2022.
Director of Formal Investments, the company behind the plans, Nicholas King said: "It is hugely exciting to know these ambitious and visionary plans, overwhelmingly supported by local residents, have taken a massive step towards going ahead.
"We have worked hard with Hounslow’s planners and councillors to get the proposals right, so that we can provide a local economic boost and give the people of Hounslow a tremendous legacy in the form of a new public park free for all to enjoy.
"With increasing worldwide demand for warehousing space close to and within cities, we believe Rectory Farm’s creative solution of putting such infrastructure underground whilst enhancing the surface environment could inspire similar approaches elsewhere."
What will the area be used for?
The surface of the park will be landscaped and used as a recreational space for sport and leisure activities.
The proposal details plans for all-weather football pitches, hockey and cricket pitches and tree lined paths for walking, running and cycling.
"This project, strongly supported by residents, will provide the local community with a new landscaped public park with attractive amenities, replacing an area of former farmland which has suffered the ravages of vandalism and anti-social behaviour for some 20 years" said David Blackett, chairman of the Heston Residents Association.
Three million cubic metres of gravel will be extracted from underneath the park to create up to 177,500 square metres of warehouse space with a proportion of the gravel being distributed for use at other construction sites.
Biodiversity is something those behind the project aim to improve, according to Gordon Scorer, CEO of London Wildlife Trust.
He said: "When done correctly, major developments such as Rectory Farm can bring huge benefits to local people, wildlife and nature, creating greener, healthier spaces within the capital. "
For more information about the park and the project, head to the Rectory Farm website.
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