Development vision for Arcadia site approved

Sun 19 February 2012, 1:49 pm

Ealing Council has agreed a development vision for the Arcadia site in Ealing Broadway.

The council’s cabinet voted to agree a guidance document which will guide any planning applications forthcoming for the site, and said it would seek a compulsory purchase order to help progress the development, if necessary.

Council leader Julian Bell, said: “I want to see a thriving and rejuvenated Ealing Broadway that will be a booming local centre for retail and employment. I believe that one of the best ways to achieve this is to encourage the whole development of the Arcadia site so that it attracts well-known high street shops and complements the Dickens Yard development.”

The Arcadia site stretches from Springbridge Road in the west to The Broadway in the east, and from The Broadway in the south to Haven Green in the north.

Most of the site is owned by Glenkerrin, which went bust last year, with a small ribbon of land on the site owned by the council, and a few other properties owned by different landlords.

The administrator handling Glenkerrin’s properties, Grant Thornton, is seeking to sell the holdings quickly so is considering the possibility of breaking it up into smaller parcels. However, the council says it would prefer to see the whole site purchased by one developer with a comprehensive plan that supports the council’s existing vision for regeneration of the town centre.

Bell said: “We want the administrators of Glenkerrin to sell the site as one lot. They now know that the council is prepared to step in and use its powers to help secure the best outcome for local residents and businesses, which is a comprehensive development of this important site.”

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