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Cabe backs Brentford revamp

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The Cabe team at the Design Council has welcomed plans by AHMM, Maccreanor Lavington and Glenn Howells to regenerate Brentford in west London

The design review body praised the four hectare residential-led scheme for its ‘design quality’ and potential to deliver a ‘vibrant place to live’.

Cabe also said proposed tall buildings should be extended upwards and made ‘more elegant’.

Its report however said any taller buildings should avoid damage to views from nearby Syon Park and Kew Gardens.

A hybrid outline and detailed planning application for the 120,000m² Ballymore-backed scheme has been submitted to local authority Hounslow Council.

Residential typologies were absent from the design review and Cabe in its report called on the council to ensure the blocks deliver ‘decent floor plans with a minimum of single aspect flats and that overlooking and privacy issues are avoided as well as overshadowing and overheating problems.’

Cabe also suggested the council request a detailed landscape strategy to ensure ‘intended quality’ is delivered and place conditions on the elevational treatment and materials to guarantee the ‘delivered scheme will match the original design intentions’.

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