ASDA has put up a fight in its appeal for a superstore for Hayes.
The supermarket and Hillingdon Council faced off during last week’s public inquiry into the borough’s decision to deny permission to build a store and industrial units on the Westlands 3 estate, in Millington Road, Hayes.
Now Asda must wait until late November to find out if it has won.
The key issue at the inquiry, that could tip the scales in favour of either side, was whether the site was a Strategic Industrial Location (SIL) – an area of economic importance to the capital – and should be protected from other forms of development, or whether this allocation could be waived.
The two sides clashed over whether the site could still attract interest from commercial leaseholders.
Russell Harris QC, representing Asda and the landowners, the British Steel Pension Fund (BSPF), insisted the SIL designation was ‘indicative only’ and the proposed development would meet a ‘pressing need’ for a supermarket to serve Hayes.
“The evidence establishes that the planning, economic and social benefits of the retail elements of the proposal are significant,” he said
“These benefits can be realised now and significantly outweigh the benefits, if any, associated with leaving the site vacant for the foreseeable future.”
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