Green light for 575-home 23-storey Ealing mixed use scheme

The London Borough of Ealing has approved plans for a 575-home mixed use scheme in Southall which would be up to 23 storeys high.

A visualisation of the mixed use high rise scheme in Southall
A visualisation of the mixed use high rise scheme in Southall

The council’s planning committee this week voted to back the application by developers Stanhope and Network Homes for an industrial estate next to Southall railway station, which next year becomes a new Crossrail station.

The scheme proposes four buildings between 15 to 23 storeys, including 575 homes, 2,100 square metres of offices and 424 square metres of commercial floorspace.

In addition, 926 cycle parking spaces, communal gardens, play and amenity space plus new public realm would also be created.

According to a planning report for the committee, the scheme's affordable housing provision was revised after concerns raised by the Greater London Authority about the number of affordable units. They will now make up 35 per cent of the scheme, split between 30 per cent at London Affordable Rent and 70 per cent as shared ownership, the report said.

The site is designated as a development site in the council’s local plan, and falls within an opportunity area identified by the Southall Opportunity Planning Framework.

The development will involve the demolition of locally-listed railway arches, but officers said the heritage value of the structure had been reduced by their conversion to industrial units.

"On balance, it is considered that the weight of disadvantages to achieving the regeneration aims for the area, combined with the reduced heritage value of the remaining arches, justifies demolition of the locally-listed structures," it said.

The report concluded that the proposal "would contribute to meeting housing demand and to regenerating this opportunity area of Southall and will make an important affordable housing contribution.

"It would not, as a result of its scale, bulk and massing, be harmful to most adjoining developments and occupiers, visual amenity or the local environment."

In January, a report found that the proportion of affordable homes created in developments around new Crossrail stations in the outer London boroughs tends to be higher than borough-wide averages.


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