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Last challenge fails to stop Inland's Hillingdon plans

17 Jan Inland Homes’ plans for a development of 514 apartments in the west London suburbs appear to have cleared their final hurdle.

The six-acre site was once the Master Brewer Hotel in Hillingdon
The six-acre site was once the Master Brewer Hotel in Hillingdon

An application by the London Borough of Hillingdon to seek a judicial review of the Mayor of London’s decision to approve the Hillingdon Gardens development has been quashed by the High Court.

The six-acre site, formerly the Master Brewer Hotel in Freezeland Way, Hillingdon, is currently derelict. Inland Homes’ plans will create a residentially led, mixed use neighbourhood with 514 homes in blocks of up to 11 storeys.

The scheme was originally refused by the council as the local planning authority, then approved by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in September 2020. The secretary of state then placed a holding order on the project while a review was undertaken about whether it should be called in for determination. The holding order was released after six months and planning consent granted by the GLA in March 2021.

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The dismissal of the judicial review challenge exhausts all options open to the borough to prevent the development of this important brownfield site, Inland Homes said.

Inland Homes chief executive Stephen Wicks said: "The former Master Brewer site is a brownfield site that has been vacant for 11 years and is exactly the type of scheme where we can make a meaningful contribution to housing delivery in a sustainable way. We are very pleased that this scheme has cleared the final obstacle to its development. This consent has taken over three years to be validated and has been extremely difficult to achieve.

“It is very disappointing that it should be such a long and torturous process to develop on an allocated brownfield site in a highly sustainable location. It is a great testament to our legal and planning team that we have been able to overcome the many obstacles that were put in our way and we can now finally get on with the job of delivering much needed homes for London.”

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