About Feltham Town Centre
Feltham, the borough’s bustling westernmost town centre, is identified as a District Centre in the London Plan (2021), serving the largely suburban neighbourhoods of Feltham North, Feltham Village, East Bedfont and Hanworth.
Feltham was once a home for a thriving aircraft industry and market gardens. Now the town centre includes shopping parades and a managed shopping centre (The Centre) which provides over 60 stores, 800 homes, a hotel, cafes, restaurants, banks, library, health hub, multi-storey and surface car parks and supermarkets. Within 5 minutes’ walk, the Leisure West complex provides a multiplex cinema, tenpin bowling alley, bingo hall and restaurants. Feltham Train Station provides excellent connections to Reading and central London. The town centre is just two and a half miles from Heathrow Airport.
The town centre has been transformed with an extensive programme of improvement works. Footways have been repaved and widened, new street lighting installed, new pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes introduced, bus lanes have been lengthened, carriageways resurfaced and new street furniture put in place.
St Catherine's spire and Feltham War Memorial are iconic local landmarks, while town centre green spaces, Feltham Green and Bridge House Pond provide valuable places to bring communities together. Substantial improvements have been delivered with local people for Bridge House Pond and Feltham Green which is home for the Freddie Mercury Memorial. Circling the High Street are the Longford River, industrial estates, Hanworth Park House and extensive green space and Feltham Arenas parklands where the first phase of improvements has just been completed. The whole eastern side of the town centre is covered by a Conservation Area.
A vision for Feltham
Feltham will flourish from a functional and convenient town into a beautiful and more aspirational destination that celebrates its history. This green and accessible centre will be enhanced with more varied shops, community and leisure facilities. Drawing out the personality and identity of the town through its past famous residents, music culture, heritage assets such as Hanworth House and investing in its green assets will help create a town local resident can be proud of.
Ministry of Defence (MOD) in January 2016 announced the release of sites including the Feltham MOD site on Elmwood Avenue. In March 2016, the Council was successful in having much of the town centre including the MOD site designated as a Housing Zone by the Mayor of London, setting out a plan to deliver over 3,000 new homes by 2026.
The 2017 Feltham Masterplan provides a framework to guide the transformation of Feltham until 2032. It takes account of regeneration initiatives to date, the Housing Zone status, the MOD land release. The masterplan and associated Feltham Arenas Parklands masterplan forms part of the evidence base for the draft West of the Borough Plan (WOBP). The Council also formally adopted its Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the MOD site on 8 August 2017. The SPD provides detailed advice to guide the redevelopment of the MOD site on Elmwood Avenue.
A review of the Feltham South Industrial Area entitled “Made in Feltham” provides an understanding of this key local employment hub which shows significance and value in both a local and London wide context.
“Our Feltham” aims to engage the local community in regeneration and enthuse them about the part they can play in shaping where they live, work and study. American students completed a project with local communities entitled, “Our Feltham: Revitalisation of a Town”. Creating an “Our Feltham Website”, Encyclopaedia Felthamica, walking tour maps and a YouTube video, “Why Feltham” to document the cultural heritage and history of Feltham.
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