Green light for Southall Sorting Office plans

by Jim Dunton Fri 21 February 2014, 4:30 pm

Plans to turn Southall's former Royal Mail sorting office into a mix of shops, restaurants and offices have been approved by Ealing Council.

Members of the authority’s planning committee this week gave approval for S&J Investments’ proposals to create eight retail units and two restaurants on the South Road building's ground floor, and to retain two offices on it first floor.

The scheme also involves a single-storey extension for the building's frontage on Beaconsfield Road.

According to the developer, the changes would create 11,149 sq metres of new retail space, 141.1 sq metres of new restaurant and café space, and maintain 333 sq metres of office accommodation.

Recommending the scheme for approval, council planning officers said that the proposals were considered “highly suitable” for the town-centre site.

“The proposed extensions and alterations would complement the existing building and the wider street scene at this prominent junction,” they said.

“The development would not result in any amenity impact as the proposed buildings would be sited well away from residential properties and adequate noise, air, and odour mitigation measures would be put in place.”

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