The transformation of a derelict tower block and neighbouring land into hotels and houses is to begin next year.

Developers have been given the go-ahead to descend on Brentford’s former Alfa Laval site, which has been empty for more than a decade, to start work on two hotels, offices, 206 flats and houses and a 361-space underground car park.

Carlton Properties' latest proposal received widespread support from residents and councillors when it was submitted to Hounslow Council in June, and that continued to be the case when the authority’s sustainable development committee approved the planning application last week.

Councillor Andrew Dakers said: “I was delighted to approve the scheme, which will be a very significant investment in Brentford.

“A few details still need to be resolved, such as whether the combined heat and power plant will be able to use different fuel sources and the level of funding for a community space, but we are nearly there.”

He praised the developers for agreeing to install rooftop allotments – to address the borough’s allotment shortage – and even reserve space for beehives.

Councillor Matt Harmer described the Great West Road development as a “good addition” to the area, particularly because it would see an “unsightly” plot of land replaced with affordable housing and facilities that would create jobs.

However, responses to consultation documents sent to neighbouring residents raised some concerns.

The survey asked whether there was a need for two hotels when there were others nearby, and worries emerged about the knock-on effect of such a major development.

One comment read: “With 206 flats, maisonettes and houses being built, one can only assume some of these will be for families – where will the children go to school?”

In response an agreement has been made whereby Carlton Properties will give the council more than £1.3m to pay for additional primary and secondary school places.

A council spokeswoman was unable to confirm the start date for the development.

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