I have lived in South Ruislip for the past 15 years where we appear to have more and more unused property which is getting to be a little concerning to say the least.
I am aware of the city grove development and the challenges faced by Sainsbury which is not ideal as was looking forward to the development which has so much potential for the area, however I guess I got a bit lost when I heard that the old Focus and Land of Leather site is not part of the old dairy development.
When making enquires I was informed that any of the following could be moving into the site, A Smyth's Toy Store, A night club and a Aldi.
I haven't seen anything come through my door with regards to this and surely as a resident we should be informed of what is being attracted to the area specifically if a night club is planned.
Could you please confirm if know what is planned for the old Focus/Land of Leather site as this is concerning that it is not part of the old dairy development and anything could end up in there.
A Concerned Resident.
You are quite right it is a separate site.
However the fate of that site is firmly tied with the ARLA development. Provided the ARLA site goes ahead the Focus/Land of Leather site becomes more valuable to the owners (AVIVA) because of the expected footfall the ARLA development brings.
Latest planning requests show requests for retail variations on planning rather than activity such as nightclubs, but these are registered from July last year and are still undecided, although have recently been amended (03/03/2015) assuming that the Citygrove development goes ahead.
Hearsay indicates Aldi and a B&M Homestore, but you can appreciate that who goes in there under existing planning classes is not something we can lobby on or will necessarily be aware of.
If we saw a planning request for a nightclub we would be most vocal about it! I think this unlikely given the owners have put in these retail variations.
Better quality retail units being attracted to this site is another reason for supporting Sainsbury’s restriction of competition in the area by calling for a Judicial Review of the ARLA development.
At the Quarterly meeting last night Sid Jackson promised to send a letter outlining our objection and frustration with Sainsbury’s intention to launch a Judicial Review again the ARLA development which will include an ASDA supermarket.
We distribute the SRRA newsletters ahead of the Quarterly meetings which take place in January, April, July and October each year. Please find at the link below the October 2014 SRRA Newsletter. Much has moved on as we discussed at the meeting on the 22nd October. Time, tide and South Ruislip wait for no man. October 2014 Newsletter
Please note the next meeting is on the 21st January 2015 not 28th as mentioned in the newsletter.
Toys shop planning applications and there two others online at Hillingdon planning. This could well be seen now because the owners, AVIVA, expect the ARLA site on Victoria Road to get planning permission…
In brief the plans are straightforward and seem to be amendments to the two units:
To demolish the garden centre section in favour of car parking
To extend the range of goods to be sold.
Change in the internal configuration
For more information search online at Hillingdon Planning for applications
One key issue for us in South Ruislip at the moment is the building on the ARLA site. The majority of the residents, local councillors and the committee of the SRRA are in favour of the new shopping facilities and housing being built. There are plans for a new supermarket, ASDA, a cinema, housing and family restaurants.
Those against speak in particular of the concerns with traffic. Our argument is that there will be more traffic anyway and counter peak traffic won’t be as detrimental as traffic at peaks such as if the site was all housing. Besides we like the idea of competition with Sainsburys. If you have a point of view on this issue you are always welcome to leave a comment below or attend the planning meeting when it takes place or write to your councillors with your viewpoint.