Plans approved for 990-home demolition and rebuild of west London estate

A London borough has approved plans for the demolition of a 225-home housing association estate and its replacement with 990 new homes.

CGI of proposals for Priory Park Estate, Ealing. Image by Catalyst Housing
CGI of proposals for Priory Park Estate, Ealing. Image by Catalyst Housing

The London Borough of Ealing’s planning committee this week approved the hybrid proposals by registered provider Catalyst Housing for the Friary Park Estate in Acton.

In addition to the new homes, the plans proposed up to 1,459 square metres of flexible commercial floorspace, including 440 square metres of community floorspace, plus parking and cycle spaces.

An officer’s report to the committee said: "It has been demonstrated that the principle of redeveloping this underutilised brownfield site which is located in a sustainable location is acceptable.

"The proposed development will include the reprovision of existing poor-quality affordable housing and also result in the significant uplift in both affordable and market housing, contributing to satisfying housing demand and making an important contribution to the delivery of affordable homes in the borough."

Full planning permission was granted for 500 homes and up to 1,019 square metres of commercial development in four blocks of between three and 24 storeys in height. The outline element of the hybrid permission covers the remaining 490 homes plus the remaining commercial space.

In total, 45 per cent of the homes are planned to be provided as affordable, with 71 per cent of these to be offered at social rent, and 29 per cent at intermediate tenure.

According to the report, the majority of the social housing will be provided in the first phase of development, in order to allow existing residents to return to new homes on the estate as soon as possible.

Officers concluded that the "significant uplift in affordable housing" in the proposals is in line with local plan and London Plan policies encouraging new housing provision.

Although the site is not allocated in the council’s local plan, the report said that it is is on previously developed land and within the local plan’s A40 / Park Royal Corridor, which seeks the provision of 3,000 new homes.

The proposed commercial uses will create jobs for local people, according to the officers, an aim supported by local and London-wide policy.

The development will exceed densities in guidelines included in the local plan. The officer’s report said this was justified due to the "need to significantly increase the delivery of new housing on an underutilised brownfield site".

In addition, the development would not have a significantly detrimental impact on neighbours in terms of overlooking, privacy and overshadowing and all homes will comply with nationally described space standards, the report said.

Friary Park Estate is one of 34 estates which escaped new rules requiring residents ballots for estate regeneration schemes involving demolitions, introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan, because funding agreements with the Greater London Authority had already been signed.

In September, the committee refused plans for a new 22-storey residential tower next to a Grade II listed art-deco former Hoover factory against a recommendation for approval from planners.

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