New Plans Set to Change Character of Yiewsley High Street
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Plans have been announced that, if approved, would radically change the character of a central area of Yiewsley High Street.
The plans — submitted to Hillingdon Council by A H A Architecture — involve the demolition of the row of shops along the High Street between Fairfield Road and the access road alongside Dade's Superstore, numbers 92 - 104 High Street.
The shops affected, Lily's Florists, D J Jewellers, Gordon's and Woolworths, would be replaced by a massive five storey mixed-use complex made up of retail units on the ground floor and sixty residential units on the upper floors, with basement parking.
The historic buildings that comprise the existing row of shops, including Clare Villas, built in 1868, would be wiped off the map whilst a five storey block would completely change the character of the area. Concerns have been raised that an already congested High Street would be unable to accommodate the extra traffic that sixty residential units would inevitably generate.
Existing High Street residents already face an ongoing battle over access with vehicles parking across driveways when visiting the shops and takeaways. "Parking in the area is already inadequate," said one observer, "and traffic is frequently brought to a standstill whilst people wait for vehicles blocking driveways to move. Will this proposed development make things better? And what about the disruption the construction traffic would cause while work was underway?"
Owners and occupiers of neighbouring properties were notified of the proposals in a letter dated 25th January 2006 from Hillingdon's Planning and Transportation Group. They have been given 21 days from that date to submit comments.
Full details of the proposals can be inspected at the Planning Services reception desk, Level 3, Uxbridge Civic Centre, 8.45am - 5.15pm Monday to Friday (late opening until 7.30pm Thursdays) or online at the Hillingdon Section of ukplanning.com
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