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August 9, 2023

An application (233108PACBSD) has been made to Ealing Council to convert a nursery into a family home.

The Nile Lodge Playgroup had been based at Queens Walk since 1970 until June of last year. It was run by the Capitanio Sisters missionary students but they left Nile Lodge at the end of 2022.

A report submitted with the application says that there were 21 nurseries operating within 2km of Nile Lodge and all but one of them had vacancies.

This was explained by a fall in the number of pre-school children nationally, a trend that was particularly acute in Ealing. The forecast decline of children aged between 0-4 in Ealing between 2012 and 2030 is 25%. This compares with a 15% decline nationally.

For this reason, it is argued, a change of use of the site from nursery use to residential was justified as demand for places was already being catered for and was likely to fall further in the future.


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