Bride Hall and Morrisons take Hillingdon residents feedback on board 9/5/12
Morrisons has made major changes to its store plans for Hillingdon Circus in what has been called a victory for business and the people.
The scheme originally included 200 new homes on land next to Hillingdon Tube station. But following pressure from community groups and businesses, that number has been slashed to around 100. The station car park will also remain open during the building of the store; its proposed closure was a major worry for businesses.
Mike Langan, chairman of Hillingdon Chamber, said the businesses in the area were very pleased with the concessions. He said: “I think this a victory for all those people who made their feelings known in the consultation process.The car park in particular is something a lot of our members were concerned about as it gives people somewhere to park when they come into the area. It certainly seems as if Morrisons are listening to the community.”
Rival supermarket Tesco has plans for a store opposite the station going through the planning process but Mr Langan said the chamber was in favour of Morrisons. He said: “Morrisons would be mainly selling food, whereas Tesco would be selling a much bigger range of items which would be detrimental to businesses in Hillingdon.”
When the draft plans were consulted on last year, a number of people expressed concerns about the influx of people 200 new homes would bring. Connie Nelson, chairwoman of the Oak Farm Residents’ Association, said services in the area were at ‘breaking point’.
She said: “It is a victory for the residents and the people who made their feelings known. The amount of people 200 homes would have brought in would have been too many for services and schools to cope with. I am very pleased by what I have heard from Morrisons.”
A spokesman for the company said that it was hoped final plans would be submitted to Hillingdon Council for the 40,000sq ft store before the end of the month.
Matthew Thomas, planning director for Morrisons developer, Bride Hall, said: “We’ve listened to all of the feedback we’ve received on the scheme and taken account of the opinions we’ve had from the council, GLA and local residents and business groups. This process has put us in a much stronger position and we’re confident the scheme will deliver not just a welcome regeneration of the site but also a wide range of benefits locally.”