|Ealing Cinema - Latest Progress|
CPO approved and planning permission to be sought
The Council has been given the go-ahead to progress with the compulsory purchase (CPO) of the Empire Cinema site.
The cinema closed for 'redevelopment' in 2008, and, despite many promises and false dawns, building work never started; the town centre has been left with a derelict shell for more than five years.
In December (2012) the Council selected Land Securities as partner to develop a comprehensive scheme on the two acre site.
The developers have major plans for a £100m film quarter development with a multi screen cinema, an outdoor cinema, community / gallery space restaurants, cafes, bars, 150 flats and new pedestrianised streets linking New Broadway, Bond Street and Walpole Park.
At Ealing's Cabinet (22 July) , it was announced that the Council and Land Securities have finalised the terms of the CPO indemnity agreement. Permission was given to proceed with preparation of the CPO alongside discussions with negotiation for the site.
Land Securities is now expected to submit its planning application in August.
Cllr Greg Stafford, Deputy Leader of Conservative Group said:
''Whilst we are supportive of the Council compulsory purchasing the site to facilitate the Cinema’s redevelopment, we want to make sure that ultimately the site is developed in the best interest of our residents.
'' Closing Barnes Pikle off to pedestrians will cause a massive inconvenience and force pedestrians to walk pass the retail offering on the site. There is also a concern about the proposals for a block of residential flats immediately behind the facade facing Uxbridge Road and not the welcoming entrance of a cinema residents would like to see. Hopefully when the application goes to planning next month, these concerns will be addressed.''
26th July 2013