Council rejects application for Manor Road tall tower

Tonight’s Council meeting narrowly voted against the plans for a tall tower in Manor Road next to West Ealing station. Whether or not this is the end of this story is another matter.

Here’s a link to our original story about this application. The 25-storey tower was reduced in height when the plans were actually submitted.

We will add more to this story tomorrow:

To add a bit more information. There were over 2,400 objections to this application received by the Council including one from West Ealing Neighbours. As mentioned above, the original application was amended to reduce the height of the main tower from 25 storeys to 20 although the other tower was raised so the total number of homes remained at 144.

The Council meeting last two and a half hours and at the end the voting was four in favour, six against and two abstentions. The chair Cllr Monro said he would have voted in favour had he needed to vote. So, it was a pretty close vote given two councillors abstained.

WEN very much hopes that if the developers, Southern Grove and its partner Thames Valley Metropolitan Housing, want to continue with plans for this site that they will now actually talk to local residents’ groups about what is in keeping with the area. There is widespread recognition that this area could benefit from sympathetic development and that this can be achieved by taking the time and effort to work with local groups and not against them.

You can help brighten up Dean Gardens: Bulb planting event on Saturday 14th November 10am-12noon

Change of date:

If you’ve walked through Dean Gardens in the past few months you’ll have seen that it needs some brightening up. There’s a community bulb planting event on Saturday 14th November from 10am – 12 noon. Anyone can volunteer to go along and help plant bulbs to bring some much needed colour and cheer back to Dean Gardens come next spring.

You can find out more on the special Facebook page.

Planning application lodged for 53 new homes in Dean Gardens car park

We covered the plans to build three blocks of flats in part of the Dean Gardens car park back in a post back in August. The formal planning application has now been lodged (Ref No: 203719FUL).

The essence of the application is for 53 new homes in three blocks of flats ranging from 4-8 storeys and a loss of about 20 parking spaces.

The deadline for comments is 10th November. At the time, we noted that there was concern from nearby residents about ensuring the anti-social behaviour centred around the car park and Maitland Yard was recognised and taken in to account with the design of these new blocks. How this has been dealt with is something we will be looking at in this application.

Battle over LTNs moves to the High Court

In the week that Council leader Julian Bell narrowly avoided being ousted over the Council’s failure to consult with the London Ambulance Service over its Low Traffic Neighbourhood plans, the battle is moving to the High Court.

According to CAMTAG, a group campaigning against the LTNs, there are four reviews underway:

‘These Judicial Review (JR) applications were submitted to the High Court on 29 September 2020 and validated on 1 October 2020. They were delivered electronically to Ealing Council on 2 October 2020 and in hard copy on 3 October 2020. The JR applications relate to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and Ealing Council’s failure to meet its obligations under Section 122 of the Road Traffic Act 1984 and its public sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.

The remedy being sought by one of the JR claims is the quashing of the Ealing (West Ealing LTN) (No1) Experimental Traffic Order which created LTN 21 (West Ealing South). The application has been submitted in the names of Peter Mason, the Coldershaw and Midhurst Traffic Action Group (CAMTAG) Co-ordinator and Tracy Scott representing Ealing Residents Against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. The other JR applications relate to the LTNs in East Acton Golf Links (W3), Loveday Road (W13) and Mattock Lane (W5).

Ealing Council has approximately three weeks in which to respond to these JR applications.’

The LTNs have been installed on a six-month trial. You can give your views on these to the Council by emailing TrafficNotices@ealing.gov.uk. There are also petitions in favour and against the LTNs.

Cameras to replace some barriers for West Ealing South LTN

Ealing Council has announced that number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) will replace physical barriers at three sites in the West Ealing South LTN following further consultation with the emergency services.. These are:

Junction of Oaklands Rd and Grosvenor Rd

Junction of Leighton Rd and Seaford Rd

Junction of Leighton Rd and Coldershaw Rd

What isn’t clear is whether only emergency vehicles are allowed through these new checks or whether residents living in this LTN can drive through them. We will try to clarify this. The Council’s update about this can be found here.

West Ealing North LTN due soon

The West Ealing North LTN which covers the area north from The Broadway to the railway line and west from Drayton Green Rd to Eccleston Rd is due to be implemented very soon. One of its key features will be the westbound only route for vehicles through from Drayton Green Rd to Eccleston Rd and on to The Broadway to go westwards to Hanwell.

Plans for 26-storey tower for redevelopment of Perceval House site

The long-awaited planning application for the redevelopment of Perceval House on Ealing Council’s own land has been submitted. In brief, the application details plans for 477 flats, the Council’s new and smaller headquarters along with a new library and office space.

The development will accommodate seven new buildings including a 26-storey tower. It looks as if this development will take the same approach as Dickens Yard and put the taller buildings at the back (north) of the site near the railway line.

The above image, taken from the application, shows the planned development from the Uxbridge Road.

Concerns about the number of tall towers already built, being built and planned to be built in the borough were looked at in a special film made by Red Block Rebels back in May of this year. The planned 26-storey tower for the Perceval House site is featured in this film though some of the other details may now have changed slightly.

71% strongly oppose West Ealing South Low Traffic Neighbourhood

71% of W13, W7 and W5 residents who responded to West Ealing Neighbours’ online survey ‘strongly oppose’ the West Ealing South Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN 21)

West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) carried out this online survey between 25 August and 6 September 2020.

There were 921 responses. There was a high response rate from the West Ealing ‘Australian’ roads namely Adelaide, St Kilda and Sydney Roads.

13% of respondents are ‘strongly in favour’.

92% of respondents are car owners and 64% are bike owners.

25% did not know about the LTN.

People who reported to not owning a car are equally strongly in favour or against (38% vs 37% of the total ‘No’ to the car question).

People who reported not owning a bike are slightly more against the LTN than people with a bike (77% vs 69%).

Our thanks to everyone who took part in this survey. We will run our second survey in November and the final survey in February as the six-month consultation period comes to an end.