Go-ahead for shopping centre redevelopment

by Jim Dunton Fri 18 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Plans to partially demolish Acton's The Oaks Shopping Centre and redevelop the site with more shops and 142 new homes have won full planning permission.

Ealing Council’s planning committee this week gave the green light to the Acton Regeneration Company’s proposals for the High Street centre and the adjacent Churchfield Road car park, which will see the refurbishment of part of the existing centre and the creation of new apartment blocks of up to nine storeys.

In addition to the new housing, a key element of the redeveloment is a new basement-level foodstore, which will boast a floorspace of 4,879 sq metres. A further four new retail units will be added to the centre, with a combined floorspace of 151 sq metres. Meanwhile, six of The Oaks’ existing units - with a floorspace of 2,300 sq metres - will be refurbished.

Recommending the scheme for approval, Ealing Council planning officers said that the scheme had evolved over a number of years and that the “principle” of a high-density residential and retail-led mixed-use development of the site was encouraged and accorded with planning policy at all levels.

“On balance, the proposal is considered to be acceptable and it is recommended that planning permission be granted subject to a Section 106 legal agreement and conditions,” they said.

“Concerns about the design and impact of the development also need to be balanced with the regeneration benefits from the proposal.”

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