Green light for West Ealing development

by Jim Dunton Sat 12 October 2013, 3:01 pm

Affordable housing provider Family Mosaic has been given the go-ahead to redevelop a collection of West Ealing industrial buildings as a 44-home block of flats.

Ealing Council’s planning committee approved revised plans for the demolition of Manor Works, in Manor Road, and its replacement with the homes scheme, which varies in height from five to seven storeys and has a communal courtyard and parking spaces at its centre.

A report to the meeting said 21 of the scheme’s homes would be designated as “affordable”.

Back in June, councillors on the committee went against officers' advice and refused an earlier incarnation of the scheme, citing insufficient car parking and resident amenity space among their reasons.

Family Mosaic doubled the amount of parking offered by the scheme from four to eight spaces and included a roof garden in the updated proposals, which were otherwise unchanged.

Ealing Council planning officers again recommended the scheme for approval, reminding elected members that the site already had planning permission for an earlier-proposed residential scheme that was won on appeal.

“The evidence provided by the applicant has been carefully assessed, and it is considered that on balance there is no longer a realistic and viable opportunity for the sustained commercial use of the site, either through a refurbishment of the existing buildings or a more comprehensive redevelopment,” they said.

“The site’s position in relatively close proximity to residential areas, also gives weight in support of a change of use to a more sympathetic and compatible use.

“The proposal is considered to be an acceptable residential scheme that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with the character of the surrounding area, and the good standard of living accommodation afforded to future occupiers.”

The scheme was approved subject to roughly £250,000 in Section 106 planning-gain contributions from the developer and an extensive list of conditions.

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