CPO approved for cultural quarter
Wed 28 October 2015, 4:53 pm
Land Securitiesí £100 million Filmworks cultural quarter in Ealing is set to go ahead after the council was given approval for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the site by the secretary of state.
The CPO area includes the site of the former Empire Cinema which closed in 2008, a neighbouring office building, bar and other properties on the boundary of the site.
The development will be led by an eight-screen, 1,000-seat cinema operated by Picturehouse, as well as restaurants, shops and homes.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “Bringing a cinema back to Ealing is the news that everyone has been waiting for. It is a fantastic opportunity that will see a large part of Ealing town centre revitalised with a vibrant cultural quarter, more jobs, new homes and more visitors.
“We were determined to breathe new life back into the site of the former cinema which has been derelict for far too long. Given Ealing Film Studios’ world famous reputation, it is fitting that we build on the area’s proud film heritage by bringing a cinema back home.
“Ealing is west London’s fastest growing economy and while we would have preferred not to have needed to make a CPO we simply could not stand back and allow the area to miss out on the benefits that such a development will bring.”
Ealing Council confirmed Land Securities as its development partner in December 2013.
Land Securities development director, Jonathan Levy, said: “We welcome the secretary of state's decision to confirm the CPO for the former Ealing cinema site and surrounding land, enabling Ealing Council to use its powers to acquire the land needed to deliver Ealing Filmworks and bring the long-awaited cinema back to Ealing.
"The decision is crucial in allowing us to deliver a comprehensive film quarter that connects Walpole Park with Bond Street and Ealing Broadway, creating a new public square, new shops, restaurants, homes and new jobs in Ealing town centre."
Building work is expected to start in late 2016 and could see the cinema opening in 2018.