FEWER houses and more employment space have been envisaged in revised plans for the future of a former art materials factory in Wealdstone.
The public can see the second set of proposals for the redevelopment of the ColArt Fine Art and Graphics plant in Whitefriars Avenue later this month, it has been confirmed.
Sitting over the road from Whitefriars Community School, the complex closed last year after 77 years and production of the respected Winsor and Newton brand of paints and brushes was relocated to a sister site in Le Mans, France, with 189 employees being made redundant.
Paul Sellars, a consultant at Sussex Finance, who is advising ColArt on the plans, told the Observer: “The difference in the plans is a few more jobs will be created on the site, and more B1 (offices, research and development, light industry) use employment space will be created – something like 20 per cent more employment floorspace.
“There will be, we think, less housing, about 180 new residencies on the site, just under 20 less than in the first scheme, and it will remain the same mix of tenures.
“The office building will be retained and converted and all the other buildings will be demolished, and a proportion of the site will be sold to Salvatorian College next door for the expansion of the school.
“I think it’s probably a better scheme. It’s been a gradual development process in discussion with the planners.”
Mr Sellars said the changes came about partly to address comments made by the public at the first consultation exhibition, held in February.
It has also been amended to reflect the updated aspirations for the site contained in Harrow Council’s area action plan, a planning blueprint that outlines what development is anticipated, and the minimum benefits, in terms of jobs, homes and community benefits, expected within the Heart of Harrow intensification area, which stretches from Harrow town centre along Station Road to Wealdstone.
The plans are subject to public consultation and Mr Sellars said, following that, it will make any changes and the planning application will be submitted later this year.
The second ColArt plans exhibition is on Wednesday, October 17 between 4pm and 8pm, at the former ColArt factory in Whitefriars Avenue, Wealdstone, when representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
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