Brentford High Street, the heart of Brentford in West London, is embarking on a new chapter in its development.
In 2006, after many years of waiting for re-development of the town centre that had never arrived, our community took into our own hands the challenge of breathing new life into the heart of the town. This has been moved forward by bringing the local business community , residents and our local council together round the table in a Steering group.
Together we are putting in place short and medium term plans to improve the shopping experience that High Street Brentford offers. At the same time we have used a community planning process to develop a clear view of what a sustainable future for the High Street looks like - see Brentford High Street - The Community Vision . This aims to create a more vibrant shopping area that respects the history of the town and is also a world-class model for High Street regeneration elsewhere. The process is being supported by local Syon and Brentford ward councillors and our local MP.
Please consider coming to one of our monthly open meetings. These take place at 6.30pm on the third Monday of every second month at Quilliam Property Services, 206 High Street, Brentford.
- ** Planning application update ** We understand Ballymore's planning application might go to Planning Committee before Christmas 2014/15! Along with Brentford Chamber of Commerce and Brentford Community Council we continue to have strong reservations about the scheme and continue to encourage the Council and developer to work together with the community to improve the designs. We want a regeneration that celebrates Brentford's past and future - and has an appropriate scale for a town that has already absorbed huge growth in its residential community, with schools and healthcare infrastructure creaking at the seams.
- Sunday 17 August 2014: For the past three years BHSSG has been actively supporting the bid for Outer London Fund Round 2 funding (The Brentford Connection) which has seen improvements to the canal-side sheds and most exciting of all the renovation of Market Place. This Sunday we celebrate Market Place being completed (except for the front steps to the Magistrates Court) and our licence for operating Brentford Market being extended. We are also submitting an application to expand the market to 25 stalls (the original license was 15). All income generated from the market covers operational costs and marketing.
- 27 June 2014: Planning Minister Nick Boles MP visits Brentford High Street (organised by local MP Mary Macleod) and meets BHSSG trustees Jo Lavery and Julia Quilliam
- June 2014: Rachel Victor-Sampson starts as new Town Centre Manager for Brentford and Chiswick. BHSSG looking forward to working closely with Rachel in the years ahead.
- 22 May 2014: In the run up to the local elections BHSSG sought the views of all local political parties on the regeneration of Brentford town centre - find out what they had to say!
- 30 April 2014: 60 local residents and traders met with Jo Swindells (new project manager at Ballymore) and Brendon Walsh (Planning Director and LB Hounslow) in a heated meeting on Ballymore's proposals for the town centre - a meeting organised by Brentford Chamber. Read the Chamber's notes and the report in the Hounslow Chronicle.
- Sunday 12 May 2013: BHSSG managed Brentford Market launched in Market Place, running weekly 10am-2pm. Keep in touch with developments on the Market's website and also via Twitter.
- Fri 22nd Feb 2013: BHSSG, Brentford Chamber of Commerce and Brentford Community Council sent joint letter to Brendon Walsh (Director of Planning at LB Hounslow) calling for the Council to negotiate improvements to the Town Centre planning application in six specific areas
- Wed 30th Jan 2013: BHSSG submit our license application to LB Hounslow for a six month pilot Food Market in Brentford town centre - it will run from late April to early September every Sunday, with support from the National Lottery and Portas Pilots programme
- 4 Dec 2012: LB Hounslow Cabinet approves the paper "Proposed Disposal of Land and Assets, South of High Street, Brentford" and related Appendix. The cabinet decision: "agreed in principle to the disposal of land and property to Ballymore as set out in the report (see Appendix A), subject to paragraph 2.3 of the report and to their receipt of planning consent and suitable terms being agreed; authorised the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment to negotiate the sale of those assets in consultation with the Lead Member for Planning and Regeneration; [and] agreed in principle the use of a compulsory purchase order to help facilitate the development subject to a future detailed report prior to any recommendation to full Council." BHSSG supports this step forward in the planning process, but notes that the Council must think carefully about what "best value/consideration" means in the context of a sustainable regeneration. Seeking the highest price (and not looking at wider social value achieved through a lower financial return) may undermine achieving the planning policy objectives for the town centre.
- 21 November 2012: Andrew Dakers presentation to the public meeting on Wednesday 21 November . Read the BrentfordTW8.com meeting report here.
- 21 December 2011: Brentford High Street Steering Group comments on Mary Portas' high street report
- 18 November 2011: The first iteration of the Regeneration Scorecard is published.
- October 2011: Ballymore's masterplanning project website "MyBrentford.com" goes live (21 Oct) - Read their first public presentation on scheme.
- Read more in our News archive ...