Arcadia

Impression of Glenkerrin's proposed development from Haven Green
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17.2.12: Arcadia guides consultation

10.9.10: Arcadia loans at risk

9.12.09: Secretary of State rejects Arcadia plan

13.7.09: SEC represented at Public Inquiry

11.7.09: Letter of thanks to supporters

23.6.09: SEC appeal for help

9.4.2009: Email to supporters

10.2.2009: Secretary of State intervenes

14.2.2008: Report by CABE

January 2008: Planning application withdrawn by Glenkerrin

Top Planners' reaction

21.12.2007: English Heritage Advice

Visual Impact

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The Arcadia site covers the area between Ealing Broadway station and Christchurch, except for the Carphone Warehouse and Sainsburys stores on the Broadway. In 2007 Irish developer Glenkerrin wanted to demolish all existing buildings and erect seven blocks of between seven and 26 storeys, bridging the railway to bring the frontages up to the edge of Haven Green. The scheme was revised to re-design the controversial "Leaf" building after the initial public consultation, and some pictures produced of the visual impact of the new designs are attached.

The development would have been largely residential, with 567 units, but with about 50% more retail space (shops, cafes and restaurants). There were 352 car parking spaces in a two-level basement accessed from Springbridge Road, 230 for the flats and 122 for retail and commercial uses including 7 disabled, and 631 cycles spaces.

The application was approved by Ealing's Planning Committee in December 2008. In January 2009 the Secretary of State decided to "call in" the application for Ministerial decision. An Inspector was appointed to hold a Public Inquiry, which opened on 23 June and ran for 11 days. The opposition was spearheaded by SEC, which employed its own barrister to present its case.

The Inspector's recommendation that the plan should be rejected was accepted by the Secretary of State in December 2009. The plan was then withdrawn.

Subsequently, Glenkerrin fell foul of the credit squeeze and the failure of the Allied Irish Bank, which had advanced most of the money. When the Irish government took over AIB and the loans were recalled, Glenkerrin's UK properties were transferred in 2011 to the UK administrators, Grant Thornton, for sale. This was finally completed when Benson Elliott, a real estate investment fund, bought the site in October 2012.

28 Oct 2012