Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) is a voluntary alliance of 25 residents' associations and community groups drawn together as local stakeholders in response to proposed developments in the centre of Ealing. Our Vision statement (recently revised) defines the principles we believe should guide plans for the centre of the borough. All our activities are aimed at furthering this vision.
News of latest developments is below.  Our archives and more details on each of the main topics which concern us can be seen in the separate sections listed on the left.

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UPDATE 29th June 2017: The Cinema site SEC survey

LATEST - SEC are keeping the survey mentioned below up to this Sunday 2nd July 2017. If you haven't made your views known there, please do so before it closes - thank you.

New landowners St George announced in May that they are finally to build the much promised cinemas.

However they have now applied for what they call "minor amendments" to the Ealing Filmworks Development that originally received planning permission back in March 2015. St George say that the changes won't affect the 2019 deadline for delivery of the cinema, but there are quite few substantial changes that will increase the height and bulk of the development and the number of flats within it and reduce the commercial space - i.e. less shops!

SEC have produced further in depth details of the plans - which you can see HERE and also published a survey into the changes proposed. You are encouraged to complete this survey and show how local residents feel about the latest plans. You can find the survey HERE

Additionally SEC would encourage you to comment on the application either by e-mail to planning@ealing.gov.uk or via the Ealing Council  planning website  or even by post. Full details of all those methods are available at the end of our further details sheet.


UPDATE 7th July 2017: Information for Hanwell and West Ealing supporters

Here are a few new items of interest to our West Ealing and Hanwell supporters.

 1.         You may remember that there was a planning application to replace just the (now closed) BHS store in West Ealing. Well now it has been revealed that this will also include the demolition of the old Woolworths building. The developers A2 Dominion are having a public consultation exhibition on Saturday, 15th July from 1pm to 4pm at The Lounge, St John’s Church, Mattock Lane, West Ealing, London, W13 9LA. You are encouraged to go along to see what might be in store for the future (other than more big empty shops or restaurants?)

West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum (EWCNF) has more about this site listed as "asset 6" on their web page at http://www.wecnf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WECNF-Heritage-Assets.pdf

 2.         There is also a current planning application for replacement of nearly all the little cottages between the gym and Lidl entrance in Hanwell (they were built in about 1715) and later with the front gardens were built over to provide the shops. The development will be of up to 10 storeys of 63 units mixed between studios and 3 bed flats. Amazingly, the scheme describes the block as Marshall house (after the designer of guitar amplifiers which were made in one of those shops)

The Planning application is ref: 172913FUL:  64-66 and 70-88 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell W7 3SU which you can see via the Ealing planning application website at https://pam.ealing.gov.uk/online-applications/ - which was broken but is now working again!

Ealing today published an report on this application a while ago and it can be seen on their website

    
The proposed Marshall House Existing eastern end of site next to gym Existing western end of site towards Lidl

3.     UPDATED 7th July    Full details have not yet been published but there are plans to replace the Wickes/Nissan site on Boston Road.  There may be up to 300 residential units (including 58 "affordable units") with 83 car spaces and over 300 cycle spaces with a new "Village Square" and play places.

Apparently A2 Dominion’s PR team have organised a pre-planning exhibition on Wednesday 5 July 4-7pm and on Saturday 8 July 2-4pm.   They have also produced a web page at  http://www.bostonroadhanwell.co.uk/  which has more details of the scheme.

Also Ealing Today have a few more details on their website

The next steps are to review the scheme and the consultation in August for a planning application to be made in September for possible presentaion to Ealing planning committe and, unless refused, to start construction in 2019. When more information is available, we will try to update this web site.

It is not known if Wickes will take over one of the proposed shops but it must be doubtful knowing how much space they need for the retail area, the service area and especially for customer parking. Is this the end of yet another useful store?

You can get a flavour of the scheme by looking at the images below and see a larger version of some of the proposed buildings by clicking on them.


Plan of area to be developed View from McCanns public house View out into Boston Road from within


UPDATE 5th June 2017: Haven Green cycle parking

 
(Hey notice the walker and the lady are still there un-moved even at night - he he)

You may or may not be aware of Ealing's plans to contruct a cycle hub with a steel structure roof and night-time floodlighting in part of what is commonly known as the "BBC Car Park" on the south side of Haven Green alongside the railway. This is to remove the cycle stands presently situated actually on the green spaces nearby.

Here is a link to the  planning application search site and you are encouraged to make comments on the application. The application number to enter where it asks for "keyword, reference number" etc  is 171986FUL. It seems that the application closed on 21st April but your comments may still be considered.

One consideration for pedestrians using the path alongside to get from the west side of the green to the station is that this will become a shared pedestrian/cyclists area with cyclists required to dismount and wheel their bikes all the way into the new hub. You may wish to comment on this proposal as we already suffer from cyclists using pavements around pedestrians and prams and disabled carriages.


UPDATE 4th June 2017: 9 - 42 The Broadway

As mentioned below, the planning inquiry into this development was cancelled at the last minute.

Everything is now very much in limbo until British Land (BL) produce their ideas of what should now be done with the site and since there are bound to be considerable changes, a full further planning application will probably have to be made rather than amendments to the existing permissions.

Incidentally, the site details may change as BL only own the freehold to 10 - 40 The Broadway (i.e. not the little shop on the corner of Haven Place and not the shop opposite the station and home to The Ealing Club) and may not own freehold to number 2 Haven Place.

Meanwhile, SEC is keeping a close eye on the matter and will also be investigating where we should go now. 

More information is available on our 9 - 42 The Broadway page HERE


UPDATE 3rd July: Crossrail and Ealing Broadway Station

Progress on Crossrail in Ealing is seriously delayed. In 2011 TFL, the London Borough of Ealing and our then MP Angie Bray  announced to great fanfare that lifts and other work at Ealing Broadway Station needed for Crossrail would be brought forward because the station was already seriously overcrowded. The announcement turns out to have been completely untrue. Work has not just not been done early, it is slipping backwards. 

SEC is campaigning with others to find out what has gone wrong. But the authorities give little away.

SEC has therefore recently written to Val Shawcross, Transport Supremo at City Hall, pointing out that works at Ealing Broadway Station are falling well behind the previously published completion dates and are now scheduled for completion as late as May 2018.
They also point out that, despite Haven Green having been despoiled now for over 18months, there seems to have been little work completed apart from the new passenger bridge at the far end of the platform.
SEC awaits her response!

As regards Crossrail itself, about 80% of the overall work is complete and you can see a lot on their website at http://www.crossrail.co.uk/
and some updates from an Ealing point of view on our Crossrail page HERE

Meanwhile, the BBC's Transport Correspondent  Tom Edwards has this update 
on their web page at
 Crossrail stations in west London delayed until 2019
A bit of a change since the 1960s?


Originally published on 6th May 2017: 9 - 42 The Broadway planning inquiry

SEC has received this e-mail from The Planning Inspectorate informing us that the inquiry arranged to start on Tuesday 9th May has been cancelled!

We don't know the full details of why this is, except that British Land recently purchased the site from Benson Elliot and I quote from their correspondence:-

"This purchase means that we now have a unique opportunity to manage a broad slice of the town centre to create an even more accessible and attractive place for local people and visitors. We would like some time to consider how our ownerships in Ealing can work most cohesively and will be reviewing the options whilst liaising with key stakeholders."

We will be re-grouping soon to decide what to do next and will keep you updated via our e-mail system or on this page.

However we had already set out full details of that inquiry for our supporters and that can be seen HERE

You can also see the background to the inquiry and how SEC's preparations progressed and details of the statements that had been prepared by our team to be presented at that inquiry HERE