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The public inquiry into the redevelopment of Ealing Town Centre will start on 9 May.

This is the second time that proposals for the re-development of this site have been subject to a public inquiry. In 2009 the planning inspector ruled against the Arcadia scheme proposed by then owners, Glenkerrin.

This new application (known as 9-42 The Broadway) was approved by Ealing's Planning Committee in February 2016 and developers Benson Elliot said '' We are pleased with Ealing Council and the GLA’s decision to back our major investment in Ealing Broadway. We are grateful for this vote of confidence as we are committed to revitalising Ealing town centre and securing its long term status.''

The application had attracted objections from Historic England, The Victorian Society, SAVE Britain’s Heritage.

Local group Save Ealing’s Centre (SEC), have been campaigning against the plans and submitted a a petition with more than 2,000 signatures.

What the view could look like from Haven Green

SEC say the site is characterised by fine-grain Victorian and Edwardian architecture of no more than four storeys in height. Eight buildings contributing to the character of the Conservation Area would be demolished, with just two or three façades retained.

The proposed scheme, would be much taller and bulkier, with the tallest block rising to 18 storeys (67m) and dominating views from the adjacent Haven Green Conservation Area. At between six and nine storeys, six of the other blocks would also be substantially taller than the buildings that currently populate the site.

According to SAVE Britain’s Heritage ‘the proposed streetscape is monotonous, and it removes all the charm and character found in the existing buildings.’

Historic England also said that if approved, the proposals would necessitate a review of the Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area, as it would no longer merit its designated status – an outcome with implications for conservation areas more broadly.

The public inquiry will take place starting at 10.00 am from 9 to 27 May 2017 in the Elizabeth Cantell Room at Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London, W5 2BY.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the inquiry.

The objectors will be represented at the latest inquiry by Save Ealing’s Centre, who, in the absence of public money, are running a fundraising campaign to pay for a barrister to explain the harm the development would do. Donations can be made at or to the Treasurer at 28 The Grove, London, W5 5LH.


3rd April 2017

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