WEST Ealing station is closed over concerns about an unsafe wall on the adjoining Manor Road development site.

Work on demolishing buildings at the site is now halted.

Planning permission for the site was initially refused by Ealing Council, but this was overturned on appeal by a government planning inspector.

Ealing Council leader Peter Mason said: Planning conditions require the submission of construction management plans, among other documents, prior to commencement of works.

“The council has not received any discharge of these conditions to date, so work should not have commenced. It will not be permitted to recommence until those conditions have been adequately discharged.

“The contractor, Henry Construction, have now confirmed they are appointing a planning consultant following concerns raised by [our] building control service, to ensure they are operating in accordance with the planning conditions.”

Cllr Mason said Network Rail had confirmed they were working to get the station reopened as soon as possible.

The 55 West scheme in Manor Road is for 144 flats and commercial space across two towers of 18 storeys and 12 storeys.

The building will stand at the junction of Manor Road and Drayton Green Road, almost directly over West Ealing station, where Crossrail will call. 

The scheme was originally designed as a 26-storey tower but this was scaled back following objections by residents and the council.