Trying to keep up with planning applications

Maybe it’s my imagination but there seem to be more and more controversial planning applications coming up now. Along with the various tall towers plans there now seem to be an ever increasing number of what you might call ‘domestic’ applications that are worrying people – from back garden developments to adding more storeys to exsiting homes. It’s very hard to keep up with them all.

WEN has been told about this one below by a fellow residents’ group. This one is a bit different as it’s about a breach of planning regulations:

‘Dear friends and neighbours,
No 15 Blakesley Avenue has appealed to the Sec of State against the enforcement notice issued by Ealing Council. This is the property that has breached planning regs and built a single storey rear extension and an unauthorised enlargement of a basement extension. They are continuing to build and no doubt the plan is to use the property as self contained flats without permission. They have built without planning too and continue to build even today. Don’t let this one set the precedent for the others and whilst it may not be happening on your doorstep today, large family homes are being lost more and more to scrupulous property developers who think they have found a way to make money by overdeveloping into these spaces, with or without permission.

If you can help preserve our conservation area please forward to neighbours and friends in the Ealing area and if they wish to comment on the appeal, please can you do so online at or you can email your comments to or a letter can be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/23A, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN. The appeal ref to quote is APP/A5270/C/20/3258722. LAST DATE TO RESPOND 5 JANUARY 2021.

An application for planning has just been made by no 13 Blakesley Avenue (neighbours of the above and we suspect related parties) to convert a same double fronted home into 8 self contained flats. Again if you can please ask friends and family, neighbours to lodge their comments at

These are beautiful characteristic houses in the Mount Park conservation area – help save them. Thanks for all your help neighbours!’

Local residents bring Christmas cheer to West Ealing

The residents of St James Avenue spent the past few days working on a plan to light up their street and the result lifts the spirits. My photo doesn’t do it jusitice.

Turn the corner from St James Ave to St Kilda Ave and you get an added bonus of a blaze of Christmas lights decorating the whole front of a house.

Well done to everyone involved in showing what working together can achieve for your neighbourhood.

Approval for 10-storey block above Starbucks

The Council has approved plans for a 10-storey block of flats at 72-76 Broadway on the site of Starbucks, Carphone Warehouse and Shoe Zone.

This stretch of shops was part of the site of the FH Rowse department store that was demolished in the 1980s. Not quite 40 years later and it’s to be demolished again. Not dissimilar to the Green Man Lane Estate that was built in the 1970s and now mostly demolished as the new estate edges toward completion.

Changed your views about LTNs? Take our short poll and let us know

The Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have mostly been in place for a couple of months. Are we starting to get used to them and maybe just changing our minds? WEN would like to find out your views as we near the halfway point in this six month trial.

Our second of three polls is here and we would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete it. The poll will stay open until Wednesday 9th December. We will use the results from the three polls as part of our submission to the Council.

TfL cash crisis threatens yet further delays to Crossrail

Eric Leach’s most recent Covid-19 newsletter has this story:

‘Agreement is needed this week for TfL to secure £80 million from the Government to ‘keep the Crossrail project on track’. If this money is not forthcoming from the Government, TfL says the whole Crossrail project could be mothballed. The Government says it’s keen to see the Crossrail project completed – but TfL must fund its completion. The uncompleted Ealing Crossrail stations are Acton Mainline, Ealing Broadway, Southall and West Ealing.’

Originally due to open in December 2018, the date now for its opening looks more like 2022 if the additional funding can be found. But, as this project has been plagued by delays and funding problems don’t bank on it. Even so, assuming it does finally open it will be quite some feat of engineering and certainly benefit West Ealing residents who travel in to central and east London regularly.

PS. there’s a useful article on Crossrail and its delays in New Civil Engineer.

Ealing’s Covid-19 rate remains the highest in London

This is an extract from Eric Leach’s regular Covid-19 newsletter:

‘In the period 17 October to 23 October 2020 the Covid-19 infection rate per 100,000 people in Ealing was 220.3. Although the highest in London this figure must be put into a national perspective. The highest rates of infection are: Blackburn with Darwen, 785.6, Rossendale, 675.7 and Oldham, 625.4.  At the lowest infection rates are the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and Somerset all with under 50 cases/100,000 people.

However the rates in specific neighbourhoods in Ealing show a wide variation. Here is just a sample of what I dug out of the Government’s data mine:

Southall West: 340

Northolt East: 313

Norwood Green: 286.3

Southall Park: 244.1

Ealing Broadway: 225.1

Acton Central: 181.9

Elthorne Park: 155.4

Cuckoo Park, Hanwell: 151.2

West Ealing: 132.3′

More at the government’s website

High Court agrees to hear case against introduction of Ealing’s LTNs

A few weeks ago we reported that a group of residents were asking the High Court for a judicial review of Ealing Council’s decision to introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhoods across the borough. One of the prime arguments being a lack of consultation with residents. Yesterday (28th October), the judge listened to the arguments from both sides and said there is a case to be heard.