The Society’s Environment Committee looks at all planning applications in the Borough and sends objections or support to the Council. Our latest comments concern the following developments:
Holiday Inn London West, 4 Portal Way, Acton, W3 6RT
Demolition of all existing buildings and structures on site and the mixed-use redevelopment of the site to provide two linked buildings of 45 and 55 storeys respectively, including up to 702 residential units (Use Class C3), a hotel (Use Class C1), flexible workspace (Use Class B1), restaurant (Use Class A3), flexible retail space (Use Classes A1/A3/A4), with a two level basement, access, car and cycle parking, refuse and service areas, hard and soft landscaping, public realm, all necessary enabling and mitigation works, and associated works.
This application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement required by the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.
Ealing Civic Society objects to this application. We consider the height, massing and scale of the proposed building to be totally out of scale and out of keeping with the surrounding area, particularly with the residential properties to the south and west of the site. Overall, the design is extremely aggressive and of a form usually associated with offices in a financial district rather than of an area largely comprising residential accommodation, and would therefore be inappropriate in this location.
We also have grave concerns about the planned mix of units in the development. At less than 30%, the proposed allocation of affordable accommodation is insufficient. In particular, the proposed affordable 2- and 3-bedroom units, of which there is a shortage across the borough, would be inadequate.
Finally, it appears that the development would require a ‘fire engineering strategy’, presumably because it would not otherwise comply with UK Building Regulations for means of escape. This would need to be addressed.
41 & 42 Hastings Road, West Ealing, W13 8QH
Request for a Screening Opinion in Accordance with Regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 to ascertain whether, in the opinion of Ealing Council, an Environmental Impact Assessment is required for a residential-led mixed use development of up to 185 dwellings and up to 450sqm Gross Internal Area (GIA) of non-residential floorspace (Use Classes A1/A2/A3/D1/D2) together with associated landscaping, ancillary facilities (residents gym up to 200sqm) car parking and cycle spaces.
Before we were able to submit our views (below), the Council determined that no EIA was required.
Ealing Civic Society considers that an Environmental Impact Assessment is essential for this site. The proposed 25 storeys would be totally out of scale in this neighbourhood, even compared with the 8-11 storeys of the nearby Luminocity and Sinclair House. Therefore, the impact on the surrounding area would be significant, particularly on the residential properties of the ‘Five Roads’ area, for which the development would be hugely overbearing. Furthermore, the addition of 185 dwellings to this area would cause strain on existing facilities, the impact of which needs to be assessed.
Land to the Rear of 16-17 The Mall, Ealing, W5 2PJ EALING TOWN CENTRE CA
Variation of condition 2 drawings of planning application Ref P/2015/4989 dated 30/06/2016 for ‘Construction of additional 3 floors to rear addition (creation of 5×1 bedroom flats and 1×3 bedroom flat)’. Variation seeking to amend drawings
Ealing Civic Society objects to this application. There is no precedent for an additional three floors to this site. The only granted permission for an increase in height is at 11-15 The Mall. In line with this, only two extra floors should be permitted.
This application has now been granted.
57 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 9BA
Redevelopment of the site to provide a part 14-storey, part 5-storey and part 3-storey residential building to accommodate 83 flats (20 x 1 bed, 51 x 2 bed and 12 x 3 bed) with vehicular access from Greenford Road and associated vehicle parking (following demolition of petrol filling station and ancillary buildings on site)
Ealing Civic Society objects to this application. The proposal represents overdevelopment and the planned buildings would be dramatically out of scale with the neighbouring residential properties and cemetery. In addition, the PTAL rating for the site is only 2 so it is ill-served by public transport for a development of this size. We also note that although 31 car parking spaces are provided, there appears to be no provision for electric car charging points. Furthermore, only 35.5% of the units are proposed to be affordable, which is unacceptable.
Bollo Brook Open Space, Osborne Road Acton, W3 8SP
Development of a new public park within the existing public open green space with associated landscaping. New park will include an artificial pitch, a fenced tarmac Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) with flood lighting, outdoor gym, and an interactive play area: including a trampoline, roundabout, climbing unit and fit play markings. The proposal also includes landscaping, bollards, fences and benches.
ECS supports this application. However, in the interests of air quality and of the local ecosystem, it is important that all mature trees on the site are maintained.
Land to the rear of Queens Parade, Hanger Lane, Ealing, W5 3HU
Construction of a detached building with an undercroft and external staircases providing two units for flexible B1a office space use with gated access and associated soft and hard landscaping
If the Council is minded to approve this application then Ealing Civic Society considers that a condition should be applied to ensure retention of office use. This would be such that permitted development rights are removed for conversion to residential without a full planning application.
The application has now been refused.
29-39 Stirling Road and 2-10 Roslin Road, Acton, W3 8DJ
Demolition of existing buildings and construction of a mixed use development comprising 2,320 sq. m GIA flexible commercial space (Use Class B1) and 101 residential units within two buildings each of nine storeys, landscaping, and associated ancillary and enabling works
Ealing Civic Society objects to this application. We object to the planned loss of locally significant industrial workspace. In addition, the continued industrial use of the buildings surrounding the development site, for example for refuse and recycling, would significantly harm the amenity of potential residents. Furthermore, we object to the planned height of the building which would be out of scale with its immediate neighbours. Finally, the Council should note that the proposed ‘re-provision’ would of necessity be use class B1C for compatibility with the residential component. This cannot be accepted as replacement of other wider B1, B2 and B8 use classes.