Save Hanwell’s Arts & Crafts house

We have received this information about the possible loss of a 1912 Arts & Crafts house in Church Road, Hanwell.

SAVE 178


Dear Neighbours

You may not be aware that a 1912 Arts & Crafts house at 178 Church Road, Hanwell W7 3BP is at risk of demolition to build six flats and two houses. This loss and over development will have lasting impacts. 

If we fail to protect our conservation area, it will be devalued and a worrying precedent will be set for similar schemes. Thanks to the fantastic efforts of local people and a proactive community campaign, we had an amazing 163 responses to the developer’s planning application.  These include the Ealing Civic Society, the Victorian Society, Hanwell Community Forum, conservation area resident associations, the Brent River & Canal Society, Hanwell and Canals Conservation Areas Advisory Panel and the Selborne Society.  The many objections and quality feedback have caused the developers to re-think their proposal.  

An amended application has now been submitted and we would really appreciate your help to object.

If we can raise a similar number of responses, there is the possibility that the proposal may be referred to the Planning Committee for a decision.  This will give us an opportunity to save 178 Church Road from demolition and to prevent over development and backland housing. We also have support from Ward Councillors and James Murray, MP for Ealing North, has lodged his own objection.

The proposal remains to build six flats and two semi-detached houses on a very long, narrow plot.  Their overbearing mass, inappropriate scale and loss of 26 mature trees/greenery will result in 80% of the land comprising bricks and mortar. The pandemic has taught us that having a neighbourly community which looks out for each other, retains its green spaces, celebrates and protects its heritage is vital for our wellbeing and that of future generations. 


Please go to: https:/// and search for 201141FUL. You will land on the Planning Application Summary page, where you can object or leave comments in the ‘Comments’ tab, and view the plans and proposals in the ‘Documents’ tab.  Points relating to local and national planning policy eg Ealing’s Plan, London Plan and NPPF are particularly helpful.  Letters emailed to the case officer are also effective but ask for objections to be uploaded on the documents section. 

Please share this information with family, friends and colleagues, and ask them if they are prepared to object to the proposed development. The deadline for any comments/objections to be received is Wednesday 16 September 2020.

If you would like to be kept informed of the outcome and further developments or to receive more details and a digital copy of this leaflet, please email  This will save paper and will allow us to quickly cascade information. We will ensure that any communications comply with GDPR and data protection consents through an opt in return email. My mobile for any queries is Tel 07740 545685.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact any of the following:

Thank you – your help is really appreciated!

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