New application for Ealing centre development criticised

Ealing Times: How the proposed tower would look from Madeley Road at the north end of Haven Green How the proposed tower would look from Madeley Road at the north end of Haven Green

A COMMUNITY action group has criticised new plans for a key town centre development.

A 26-storey tower is among the proposals laid out in a revised application by Irish developer Glenkerrin for the Arcadia site in Ealing Broadway, scaled down from the original 40-storey tower envisaged for the area.

However, Nick Woolven, the chairman of community group Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) set up to oppose plans for the Arcadia and Dickens Yard site, has slammed the three-week public consultation period on the project.

He said: “It looks like they are trying to push this thing through as quickly as possible in the same way the Dickens Yard application was rushed through.

“We still have massive reservations about the plans, although the tall building is shorter at 26 storeys it's still massive.

“All the other objections we had about the density and scale of development still stand, and they have not done anything to address these.”

Last week the Dickens Yard site behind the town hall was approved for a development that will see 700 new homes built there, as well as a 14-storey building.

The new Arcadia plans would see 567 homes built on the shopping centre site, as well as a number of shops, offices and cafes.

Mr Woolven continued: “If this project is given the green light the combined effect will be an increase by around a quarter of the number of homes in central Ealing.

“The section 106 money the council gets from the developers for improvements will not be enough to sustain this growth.

“What we could be looking at is Ealing turning into a dormitory of London, with lots of empty shops and housing.”

In the new proposals, blocks which will front on to Haven Green at the Arcadia site will rise up to 12 storeys, and would also integrate a bus interchange into Haven Green, a controversial move the developers say is compensated for by getting rid of a road which runs through the open space at the moment.

Around 60,000 homes received letters about the application last week from Ealing Council, and the deadline for residents to have their say on the plans is Friday, November 28.

What do you think of the new plans? Have your say below.

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2:15am Thu 13 Nov 08

Eric Leach says...

3,000 people objected to Glenkerrin's Leaf1 proposals and these new proposals - Leaf2 - are a variation on Leaf1, but just as horrific.

Instead of a 40 storey residential tower block, we have a cluster of tower blocks with three peaks of 26, 25 and 19 storeys.

Dickens Yard and Arcadia Leaf2 would collectively bring a towering housing estate of 1,265 flats to the centre of Ealing. The majority of these flats will be for private sale - meeting no known or published Ealing Council housing need.

Construction could go on for 10 years and Longfield Avenue, Gordon Road and Springbridge Road would be completely gridlocked during construction and therafter.

This massively 'wide' and tall housing estate will totally dominate and dwarf the historic and more traditional town centre buildings.

The 2,000 or so new town centre residents will be unable to find local healthcare and schooling as there is no planned provision by anyone to meeet these needs.

Email town planner Jason Kaye at planning@ealing.gov.
uk by 28 Novmember and object to Glenkerrin Arcadia Leaf2(ref P/2007/4246 and P/2007/4248)
3,000 people objected to Glenkerrin's Leaf1 proposals and these new proposals - Leaf2 - are a variation on Leaf1, but just as horrific. Instead of a 40 storey residential tower block, we have a cluster of tower blocks with three peaks of 26, 25 and 19 storeys. Dickens Yard and Arcadia Leaf2 would collectively bring a towering housing estate of 1,265 flats to the centre of Ealing. The majority of these flats will be for private sale - meeting no known or published Ealing Council housing need. Construction could go on for 10 years and Longfield Avenue, Gordon Road and Springbridge Road would be completely gridlocked during construction and therafter. This massively 'wide' and tall housing estate will totally dominate and dwarf the historic and more traditional town centre buildings. The 2,000 or so new town centre residents will be unable to find local healthcare and schooling as there is no planned provision by anyone to meeet these needs. Email town planner Jason Kaye at planning@ealing.gov. uk by 28 Novmember and object to Glenkerrin Arcadia Leaf2(ref P/2007/4246 and P/2007/4248) Eric Leach
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10:03pm Thu 13 Nov 08

Audrey Malham says...

To whom it may concern,

RE: proposed plans for new development at haven Green

I do not agree with this proposal at all and consider it to be a monstrosity and certainly not in keeping with the immediate surroundings. in other words, a "blot on the landscape." This building would be much too high, so ugly and would dwarf the beautiful church nearby. This MUST NOT be allowed to happen in Ealing!
To whom it may concern, RE: proposed plans for new development at haven Green I do not agree with this proposal at all and consider it to be a monstrosity and certainly not in keeping with the immediate surroundings. in other words, a "blot on the landscape." This building would be much too high, so ugly and would dwarf the beautiful church nearby. This MUST NOT be allowed to happen in Ealing! Audrey Malham
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