Dear Supporters,


The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, has overruled the planning permission given by Ealing Council and Londonís Mayor to Glenkerrinís controversial proposals for the Arcadia site, and asked an independent Inspector to hold a public inquiry. This is due to be held in late June. Once the Inspector has made a recommendation, Hazel Blears will make her own decision about the proposals.


We need to make our voices heard. It is important that the Inspector sees the strength of local opinion against this unsuitable scheme, so even if you sent in objections before the Planning Committee met in December last year, PLEASE send as soon as possible another submission to the Inspector to confirm your previous comments or to add new ones.

It is essential that you quote the PINS reference number: 2097739


Send an e-mail to†††††† or


Write with 4 copies of your letter to Mrs T Scott, Room 4/04, Planning Inspectorate, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN.


To help you formulate your letter, here are the main reasons to object to the scheme:


         The buildings are too high. The 26 storey tower would dominate the whole town centre and with the three 12 storey blocks would completely overshadow Haven Green.

         The oppressive style and scale of the development is out of character with Ealingís low rise Victorian and Edwardian heritage, and fails to observe requirements controlling our Conservation Areas.

         567 flats with 900+ residents is gross over-development of the compact site.

         There is no social infrastructure (doctors, dentists, nurseries or schools) to cope with a large population increase and no community or leisure provision.

         Traffic arrangements are totally inadequate. Springbridge Road would be overloaded and the vehicle entrance opposite Christchurch School would be dangerous.

         Public transport links have not been properly planned, with poor connections to Ealing Broadway station and buses.

         High pollution around Haven Green would be made worse.

         A large increase in shopping space will create more vacant shops and result in more unattractive dead areas. With Westfield on our doorstep, there is no demand for more shops.


SEC is continuing to oppose these plans, but we do need your help. We need people to advise on technical aspects, eg transport and traffic, and planning law. We also need people to help with campaigning, and, of course, money to pay for the campaign. If you can assist in any way, please contact us at Or ring us on 020 8133 7846.

Donations should be sent direct to: SEC Treasurer, 20 Mattock Lane, W5 5BH

For further information, please go to our website


Thank you in anticipation for all your support and encouragement.




Will French, SEC Chair