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Land south of Grand Union Village

Land south of Grand Union Village - Northolt - Ealing - London

We are seeking views from the local community on our proposals for a new community centre, with enabling residential development, on land to the south of Grand Union Village, Northolt.

  • Overview

    Land south of Grand Union Village

    We are working in partnership with the Grand Union Village Community Development Trust (CDT) to draw up proposals for a new community centre, cross funded by the development of new homes, on land to the south of Grand Union Village in Northolt.

    The land remains unoccupied following the wider development of the surrounding site, and was originally designated for leisure use as part of former outline planning consent. With no end user identified, Taylor Wimpey and the CDT are exploring the possibility of developing the land, with the community centre to be handed over to the CDT’s ownership.

    In order to allow local residents and key stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about our emerging proposals, we held a public exhibition at the Grand Union Village Community Development Trust on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

    Visitors were able to view our emerging proposals, speak to experts from our project team, ask questions and provide us with their feedback on the scheme. If you would like to view the exhibition boards displayed at the consultation event, please click here.

    Our public consultation period closed on Wednesday 5th April 2017. The comments we received from local residents will help us to refine our emerging plans before we consider submitting a planning application to London Borough of Hillingdon, the local authority.

  • About the site

    About the site

    The site which we are proposing for our new development remains unoccupied following the wider development of the surrounding land, and was originally designated for leisure use as part of former outline planning consent.

    With no end user identified, Taylor Wimpey and the CDT are exploring the possibility of developing the land, with the community centre to be handed over to the CDT’s ownership.

    The existing community facility is located on the first floor of an apartment building off Higham Mews, Northolt. The building provides retail uses on the ground floor, a community space for meetings, sports clubs and a crèche on the first floor, and residential apartments on the second floor.

    GUV community centre

     An artist’s illustration to show what the proposed community centre could look like.

     

    Why does the community centre need to move?

    • There is limited space with only one function room
    • The day nursery is too small and the CDT is unable to increase the intake of children
    • The times of use are limited so as not to disturb residents in the apartments above
    • There is a noise limiter in place which restricts social events and the resultant income stream that could be reinvested
    • There is insufficient car parking for both the community centre and for visitors to the shops beneath
    • Access during out of working hours for evening functions can disturb residential units above
  • What's proposed

    What's proposed

    Under the proposals we would provide a new community building which would be funded through the development of a mix of housing types to suit a range of purchasers, including a selection of two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses.

    The current proposals include up to 30 new homes, with approximately 50% being delivered as affordable housing for local people. The number of homes provided will be decided by the amount of money needed to pay for the community building. Some of this will be offset by converting the existing community facilities to residential apartments.

     

    Board 4  -proposed layout image 

     

    A diagram to show the proposed layout of the new homes and community centre on land south of Grand Union Village.

     

    The proposed new community centre will include:

    • A much larger building of circa 750 sqm
    • A main hall with a higher ceiling and spring-loaded floors (to accommodate larger bookings for up to 120 people, a stage and partitioning)
    • A separate function space
    • A carpeted conference room (including space for adult learning classes or access to internet facilities)
    • A room to accommodate a larger day nursery, but with access to safe and controlled outdoor play space
    • Space for a bar to cater for social events and to act as a community hub
    • A Grand Union Village residents-only gym (to replace the Health Centre which was on the original village plan but could not be delivered)
    • Changing facilities and a food serving area, with a kitchen leading out onto the open space
    • Children’s outdoor play space and possible Trim Trail
    • Dedicated parking spaces

     

    Benefits of the new community centre

    • A new community hub which is better suited to meeting the needs of residents in Grand Union Village and the surrounding areas
    • Extended opening hours with new and improved high‑quality facilities which can be accessed without disturbing any residential units
    • Enhancements to the adjacent open space and additional play spaces for children
    • There’s potential to generate more revenue so that the facility can be funded by the community, for the community
    • A catalyst to reinforce the sense of community at Grand Union Village.

    The development will be entirely funded by Taylor Wimpey, by providing a number of market and affordable homes on the land adjacent to the existing community building.

    We plan to build both the community building and the new homes, and the community building would then be transferred to the CDT’s ownership.

     

    Parking

    Car parking provision for the proposed homes will be in line with London Borough of Hillingdon’s guidance, as follows:

    • 1.5 spaces per two-bedroom apartment
    • 2 spaces per two, three and four-bedroom house
  • Updates

    News and updates

    March 2017 – Public consultation held at the Grand Union Village Community Development Trust