Revised plans have quietly been submitted for the massive 22 storey block, opposite Ealing Broadway Station. The development would see swathes of characterful buildings (including the historic Ealing Club) on the north side of Ealing Broadway swept away and replaced by identikit concrete blocks. But these won’t be luxury flats pretending to be ‘much needed new homes’. These will be mainly offices for commuters.
Ealing Council are so keen to get this development through without any hiccups, they even asked Stop the Towers not to make a fuss or object. But in a democracy we think it’s right that you know about these schemes and have the opportunity to object.
Why are Ealing Council trying to hide this scheme?
Well the last two schemes on this site were so bad the Government ‘called them in’ for costly public inquiries. The new plans are no better. Historic England are especially critical. They say they ‘would result in a series of very large-scale buildings that would be wholly alien to the character and appearance of Ealing town centre. … the introduction of large-scale buildings here that are more like central London in character, would harm the significance of the Ealing Town Centre and Haven Green conservation areas and the Grade II* listed Christ the Saviour Church.’
Historic England go on to say that ‘in this case we consider that the harm could only be meaningfully reduced through a significant reduction in the height and scale of the proposed new buildings.’
Simon Baker of Stop the Towers said, “We agree with Historic Ealing and the numerous Ealing community groups who all object to this unnecessary development. Personally I also don’t like been told what I can and can’t object to by tin pot dictators in the town hall! So I will be objecting to this scheme”
You can have your say on this scheme by clicking on LBE’s planning application search page here and seaching for application number 223774FUL
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