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578-home plan approved for Ealing

Words: Laura Edgar
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The London Borough of Ealing has granted planning permission for a scheme involving 578 homes across four multi-storey buildings.

Plans also include commercial space for retail, restaurants, office space and public uses such as health surgery, children’s crèche and community spaces. It is hoped that 270 jobs will be created.

The scheme’s developer is City and Docklands Property Group.

The approval will see the demolition of all existing buildings on the 0.575-hectare site in North Acton, which is within the Old Oak Common Opportunity Area. Four buildings of nine, 11, 32 and 42 storeys will replace them.

The 578 homes will be a mix of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed flats, meaning there would be 2,483 habitable rooms per hectare (hrh), which the planning officers’ report says equates to a density of 1,005 dwellings per hectare.

“This would be significantly above the upper guideline in the mayor’s density matrix of 1,100hrh, however, the mayor also advises that this guideline should not be applied mechanistically and outlines circumstances where exceeding this range can be acceptable,” says the planning officer’s report.

Regarding this application, this includes “exemplary design”, private amenity spaces and public realm, “excellent transport connections” and the delivery of a “significant” number of new homes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable, and new jobs.

According to the report, should the scheme become viable at the review stage, it has been agreed in principle that a “commuted sum capped at 35 per cent affordable housing will become payable”.

The council’s planning committee approved the application, which was in line with the recommendation from planning officers at the council.

The planning officer’s report can be found here.

Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration: What you need to know can be found here.

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