New (and affordable) homes, investment in infrastructure and a booming commercial sector are all key ingredients for regeneration and enhancing the thriving communities of Hounslow.
Feltham and the west of the borough are areas with significant and exciting growth opportunities. The designation of housing zone status will serve to aid the regeneration of Feltham, while the wider area has the potential to deliver around 11,000 new homes, 165,200 sq m office space, a new local centre, hotels and leisure facilities, a new primary school, and 147,000 sq m light industrial space for distribution, airfreight and other airport related businesses.
These plans also support the delivery of a new Southern Rail access into Heathrow Airport including a new station at Bedfont. The centre of Hounslow is also benefiting from housing zone status. On the site of the civic centre staff car park, cranes tower over hundreds of new homes under construction. Building is also underway at the High Street Quarter, a £210 million mixed-use scheme that will transform the town centre.
It will deliver 528 high quality homes and over 134,000 sq ft commercial floor space, including a new multiplex cinema and restaurants, cafes and shops.
Officially the third greenest borough in London, Hounslow surprises visitors with its green spaces, hidden treasures and cultural narrative.
The borough is blessed with stunning parks and open spaces, National Trust properties and beautiful river fronts.
Nestling by a large swathe of the Thames, and familiar as the end-point of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, the borough has its share of large historic sites, designated as part of the West London ‘Arcadia’ of surviving houses and parks.
Giving local people the skills they need to be able to benefit from the wealth of opportunities arising in the area is a key focus for Hounslow Council.
It is securing apprenticeships for young residents at local businesses in a variety of sectors, including IT, hair and beauty, finance and childcare, and has created over 200 apprenticeship opportunities at the council itself.
Investment in education by Hounslow Council has seen 25 new permanent forms of entry introduced at primary schools – this includes the expansion of four special schools and the opening of four free schools. While over 80 per cent of children in the borough have a place at their first-choice school and 94 per cent have a place at one of their top three choices.