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Ealing regeneration project gets the go-ahead

Words: Laura Edgar
Friary Park regeneration / Catalyst and Mount Anvil

Ealing Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a 990-home regeneration scheme in Acton.

The scheme will be delivered by joint venture partners housing association Catalyst and developer Mount Anvil.

The firms said they worked “closely” with Friary Park’s current residents to develop the proposals, “ensuring they have been at the heart of decisions”. The estate currently comprises 225 homes.

Of the 990 new homes, 45 per cent have designated as affordable housing, including 237 social rent homes and 28 London affordable rent homes. There will also be an increase in rented homes on the estate, from 225 to 265.

All existing Catalyst tenants on Friary Park estate have the option of being rehoused in the new development should they wish to take this option.

The scheme also comprises 1,459 square metres of commercial, retail and community space.

Friary Park is a short walk from the new Acton Central Crossrail station. The plans will also see a “significant” increase in the amount of green space on the estate with residents having access to private balconies and terraces, podium gardens, play trails and a “new and improved” multi-use games area and community centre, says the partnership.

Marcus Bate, investment director at Mount Anvil, said: “Securing resolution to grant planning permission for Friary Park is a huge step forward for the partnership and residents on the estate. Together we’ll be creating an outstanding place where people can thrive – better homes for the residents, much-needed new homes of all tenures for Ealing and new public green spaces and amenities for all to enjoy.”

Image credit | Catalyst and Mount Anvil