Conservation Area Under Threat

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9-42 The BroadwayAn application for planning permission was submitted in October 2015 for a major development in the heart of Ealing: 9-42 The Broadway, the second phase of the Arcadia site. The designs were changed slightly in response to criticisms during earlier public consultation: the ‘Carphone Warehouse’ corner had been rounded off and small adjustments made to the upper storeys of the neighbouring 9 storey blocks overlooking the Town House apartments (former Feathers pub), but the 18 storey block overlooking Haven Green remained unchanged. We objected [download here] to the application because of the impact of the scheme on the Ealing Town Centre and Haven Green Conservation Areas. Historic England [HE] also objected to the proposals [download their letter here] and their concerns reflected many of ours. Shortly before Christmas [2015] the developers made minor amendments to the proposals in an attempt to address the criticisms, in particular to retain some of the heritage facades along the Broadway frontage and make other small changes to improve the view of Christ the Saviour church from this frontage. We have again objected [our letter here]. However, HE has now indicated [download their letter here] that these changes are insignificant compared with the substantial harm that would be caused to the conservation area. Indeed, they recommend that the harm would be so great that the conservation area should be de-designated if the plans were approved by the Council. ECS would regard this as a highly retrograde step and hopes that further amendments can be made to the scheme to meet HE’s and our concerns. The consultation period for the revised plans has now formally closed but comments will be accepted by the Council up to the date of the planning committee considering the application which will take place on 24 February. We must act now. Please write to object to the scheme either through an online form on the Ealing Council web site or by email to the planning officer – Steve Austin austins@ealing.gov.uk with a copy to planning@ealing.gov.uk, giving the reference P/2015/3479. You should also include your full postal address. Objections can be about height, density, loss of heritage assets, but most importantly its effect on the town centre conservation area, including the fear that it might be de-designated if the current scheme goes ahead. A Change.org petition is also available to register your objection. Save Ealing’s Centre produced this press release on 11 February.