An application for planning permission was submitted in October 2015 for this major development in the heart of Ealing – the second phase of the Arcadia site. Plans may be viewed via this link. The designs had been changed slightly to meet 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. We understand that Historic England has also objected to the proposals and their concerns apparently reflected many of ours. The developers have now indicated that they propose to make some changes to their plans in the light of these criticisms in particular to retain more 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. Without detailed plans, is difficult to comment meaningfully on the revised proposals but retention of some of the historic buildings along Ealing Broadway is to be welcomed. However, the loss of arguably the best building in the façade, Carphone Warehouse, is to be regretted.
The Council has now started consultation on the revised proposals. Details of the amendments can be seen via this link.