Statement from Leader of Hounslow Council, Steve Curran, regarding the Feltham Masterplan
Published: Monday, 11th June 2018
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:
"Hounslow, alongside many other London boroughs, is facing a major crisis in housing, at the heart of which is the lack of supply of truly affordable homes. The new London Plan also requires Hounslow to provide 21,800 new homes over the next 10 years - an increase of 165% from our previous target of 8,220 units in the previous 10 years.
The Feltham Masterplan was produced to consider how the Feltham area could be physically developed over the next 15 years. It identifies the Station Estate Road "Travelling Show People's" site as having potential for redevelopment for housing due to its close proximity to the train station and town centre. Following public consultation the Masterplan was approved in September 2017.
The Masterplan is not a statutory document, but it forms part of the evidence base for the West of the Borough Plan which will have statutory weight when adopted. Whilst the site is shown as part of the Masterplan for Feltham, this is subject to full engagement with the community, and the successful relocation of the Travelling Show People to a suitable alternative site.
In order to identify a suitable alternative site, we have carried a detailed assessment of the current and future needs of the existing Traveling Show People community at Station Road. We have also carried out a “Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)”, which is a borough-wide assessment.
We continue to look for a suitable alternative site and engage with the community to assess their needs".