Southall masterplan proposes 6,000 new homes

by Jim Dunton Thu 12 December 2013, 11:00 am

Plans for the regeneration of Southall with 6,000 new homes and up to 3,000 new jobs have been put out to consultation.

The draft Southall Opportunity Area Planning Framework seeks to use the 2018 arrival of Crossrail as a springboard to allow the area to realise its potential.

Among its proposals are the comprehensive regeneration of Southall station with a “major new mixed-use development”, wholesale improvements to transport infrastructure, and new neighbourhoods at Havelock, The Green, and Southall East.

The plans, launched jointly by Ealing Council and London mayor Boris Johnson, also recommend major improvements to Broadway and South Road, and the strengthening of Southall’s “specialist Asian retail offer”.

Johnson said Southall had been identified as one of the parts of London best positioned to secure the wider economic benefits that Crossrail will bring, as the new east-west route will place the area only 18 minutes from central London.

“Southall is one of London's gems and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will herald a new chapter for the town, stimulating large-scale investment in commercial activities, retail and housing and sparking massive regeneration,” he said.

“This document sets out our exciting plans for the area and how we can harness Crossrail to deliver thousands of much-needed homes and jobs for Londoners while striving to keep Southall's unique character.”

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said the document set out a joint approach to regenerating Southall over the next 20 years, and would help with the delivery of the Southall Big Plan, transforming the area into a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.

“With such a rich cultural tapestry, Southall is brimming with opportunities for economic growth and our challenge is to build on the work already going on in the area and take advantage of the economic benefits Crossrail will bring,” he said.

The 46-ha Southall Opportunity Area is one of 33 areas designated by the mayor with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other development.

The consultation on the framework runs until 5 February 2014.

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