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Reynard Mills Estate: Developer withdraws Windmill Road plan

Industrial units on development site
Image caption The council would not pass the plan in its present form and the developer will now reconsider it

A developer has withdrawn a plan to build 315 homes on an industrial estate in west London, following objections from residents and the local authority.

But LP Brentford, which is part of the Invista Property Foundation Trust, said it would continue to work to "get the details right" for the Reynard Mills Estate on Windmill Road in Brentford.

Hounslow Council said the proposed site would be too densely packed.

Residents said the homes were out of character with the surrounding area.

They created an action group to oppose the plans to build four blocks of flats and rows of houses on the site, which used to house the BBC's archives.

Public meetings were held on the issue, with posters distributed and a campaign organised to lobby local councillors.

'Desperately needed'

Last month Hounslow's deputy leader, Councillor Ruth Cadbury, said the application could not be recommended for approval "in its current state".

LP Brentford has now confirmed it is withdrawing its initial proposal, although it said it would keep in contact with the authority in an effort to "bring this site back into use".

"It is well known that new homes and affordable housing are desperately needed in London and where possible they should be delivered on vacant, brownfield sites," said a spokesman.

"From our discussions with the council and local residents, we believe that a residential scheme is acceptable in principle."

The site is close to the A4 Great West Road and the University of West London's campus on Boston Manor Road.

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