DEVELOPERS are holding their breath as a key element of the regeneration of Hayes goes before planners.
Martyn Evans, of Cathedral Group, the main developer working on The Old Vinyl Factory (TOVF) project, said: “We have worked closely with Hillingdon Council since the start, to get to a scheme that is right for Hayes.
“We have put a lot of time into making it how we want it to be, so fingers crossed.”
The plans go before the central and south planning committee tomorrow (Thursday).
The development promises up to 510 homes, and offices – some of which will be offered to start-up firms – with the potential to create up to 4,000 jobs, as well as restaurants, leisure sites, and two multi-storey car parks.
As part of the agreement, TOVF will have to provide the cash for town centre improvements and make contributions for local amenities, and guarantee that construction training will be provided during the work, which local colleges and training bodies will pounce on.
Junction and access changes in surrounding roads are also part of the deal.
The council refers to the project in planning documents as ‘an imaginative and progressive restoration and regeneration of TOVF, that promotes sustainable economic and physical development…’
“It has the potential to transform Hayes and assist in the council’s regeneration objectives for the area,” according to the report.
The proposals by Purplexed – a joint venture of Cathedral Group and Development Securities – are also being endorsed by Hayes Town Partnership, which said during consultation that the scheme would ‘make a substantial contribution to the regeneration of Hayes Town that we are seeking to achieve’, and ‘revitalise a long derelict site’.
The challenge will be maximising job opportunities and improving links to the town, the Partnership added.
The development is sympathetic to the musical heritage of the site, which was once the hub of EMI’s record pressing operations. More than 14,000 people were employed there during the 1900s.
The operation closed in the 1980s.
Previous attempts to revive the old buildings and attract businesses back to the area have been unsuccessful.
The planning meeting is being held in Committee Room 5 at the Civic Centre, in High Street, Uxbridge, at 7pm. Members of the general public are welcome to attend.
■ To view the three TOVF applications – 59872/APP/2012/1840, 59872/APP/2012/1839 and 59872/APP/2012/1838 – go to www.hillingdon.gov.uk/planning
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