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Developers Promise 4,000 New Jobs For The Borough

April 25, 2001 15:59: More than 4,000 jobs could be created with plans to re-develop two of the borough's neglected business sites.

The old British Gas site in Cowley Mill Road, Uxbridge and Stockley Park in Ironbridge Road, West Drayton are set to undergo extensive facelifts to breathe new life into these disused areas.

Plans for the former gas works will see the 10-acre site transformed into a 20,000 sqm industrial park boasting office, factory and storage facilities.

A British Gas Properties spokesman said: "The future use of the land falls within the council's Unitary Development Policy (UDP), which states that the site should only be used for employment purposes.

"This proposed development lives up to this promise because there will be a substantial number of jobs created."

About 4,400 jobs will be created from both the Cowley Road and Stockley Park sites which will help reduce the 4,000 unemployed in the borough.

The spokesman added: "We have agreed to include new traffic measures in the plan that will avoid congestion in the area and help keep residents with cars happy.

"This will include new traffic lights, new road signs and an access road at the back of properties on the south side of Cowley Mill Road."

The number of firms to be housed at the old gas works is yet to be determined but the offices are planned to house a diverse collection of firms.

"Because of the UDP conditions we are providing funds to improve public transport and to unsure that there is employment training for the jobs created."

The Town & Country Planning Act 1990 also states that a developer must include a contribution for environment care, a Green Travel Plan and a traffic management scheme.

The proposed development at Stockley Park is part of phase three of a bold plan to transform the area into an office complex which will see several new office blocks and space for 4,000 workers.

After getting the green light from the council in February, the Stockley Park Consortium has come up with radical designs for the proposed offices.

The consortium claims the ultra modern buildings which have a green focus will set a benchmark for other buildings in Stockley Park. The first building of stage three will feature an environment friendly conservatory reception, a unique L-shaped design that will allow as much sunlight in as possible and plenty of trees and shrubs planted between car park aisles.

Mike Langan from the Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce said: "We are delighted about the possible creation of jobs for Hillingdon and the whole of west London.

"The Cowley Mill Road proposal looks as if it will be an attractive site and as for Stockley Park it is apparent that it has been a success story and has had a positive impact on the area."

By.Michael Lau

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