Hillingdon Council Plans 100 New Homes

Plans for the 100 new homes across two sites in Yiewsley include a brownfield site and a replacement library.

The two council-owned sites at 192 High Street Yiewsley are currently home to a library and surface level car parking and a long-term brownfield site off Otterfield Road which used to house public swimming baths until the late 2000s.

The local authority, applicant, and developer have appointed the architecture practice Hunters, to produce detailed plans for 50 new homes each on both tracts of land as well as the reprovision of the current Yiewsley library from its location on Yiewsley High Street to just off Otterfield Road.

Both sites benefit from a range of bus routes throughout the borough most notably not exclusively Heathrow Airport and a future Elizabeth Line station at West Drayton, with central London accessible within less than 30 minutes.

The site at 192 High Street covers a site area of just over 0.5 hectares and is situated at the junction of Falling Lane and Yiewsley High Street, with 50 residential units provided for the site.

Yiewsley High Street building currently homes to a library and car park, Image credit: Hunters and Hillingdon Council.

The scheme seeks to provide car parking with 82 being proposed for the scheme, split between those for blue badge holders, the nearby primary school, and commercial units.

The scheme also seeks to provide 98 cycle parking spaces, 10 for users of the re-provided library and the rest of the residents of the development.

The second and larger site just off Otterfield Road is bounded by residential terraces to the north and east and another council-owned car park to the south primarily servicing a branch of Wilko’s and Yiewsley Recreation Ground to the west.

The site itself has been a brownfield site for well over a decade following the closure of Yiewsley Swimming Baths in 2011. The site has been earmarked for redevelopment ever since within the borough’s local plan.

Proposal for the former Yiewsley Pool building site, image credit: Hunters and Hillingdon Council.

Similar to the Falling Lane site nearby, this scheme also proposes 50 new homes with the existing town’s library moved to Otterfield Road, and designed in a way to provide more modern and flexible facilities such as the ability to serve a second purpose a community meeting space when required.

The scheme if approved would deliver 100 new residential units across the two new buildings, of which 50% of the total number provided would be affordable housing.

The affordable housing will be solely provided within the Yiewsley Library Site, with those on the Yiewlsey Former Pool Site will all be for market sale.

Of the new homes classed as affordable, these will be within the London Affordable Rent (LAR), a tenure which is defined as being less than 50% of market rents. This is however 52% higher than the average 2017/18
council rent and 32% higher than the average 2018 housing association rents, according to a document published by the GLA in 2017/18.