News: 20 December 2018Regeneration of Ealing’s largest housing estate gets greenlight

A major step forward in the continued regeneration of the London Borough of Ealing’s largest housing estate has been achieved with a resolution to grant outline planning permission for 1,950 new homes.

Acton Gardens, formerly the South Acton Estate, has been undergoing redevelopment since 2012, with this application for the as yet undeveloped areas taking the total number of homes to be delivered to 3,300.

Councillors from the Borough’s planning committee have approved the hybrid outline application, which also included a detailed application for the next 200 homes to be constructed during 2019. Our team prepared and submitted the application, on behalf of Acton Gardens LLP, which is a joint venture between Countryside Properties and London & Quadrant Housing, working with the London Borough of Ealing Council.

This application will deliver across the development the complete like-for-like re-provision of all social rent homes, with a substantial uplift in the provision of additional shared ownership units, enabling all existing tenants to have a new home. This will help contribute significantly towards the delivery of the affordable homes required to meet the borough’s 2022 target and had the full support of the Mayor of London.

Other features within the award-winning scheme include retail, commercial, community and healthcare floorspace, smaller residential blocks that will allow for more active streets and permeability, a reconfigured bus route to serve the site, new parks and open spaces, reconfigured and increased allotments, additional play space and a comprehensive landscaping strategy.

Bob McCurry, Planning Director, said: “The Council’s resolution to grant planning permission for this exemplar scheme not only heralds a milestone in the continued regeneration of this area, but also means we are a step closer to delivering new homes for 8,000 people and helping to provide a large proportion of the Borough’s affordable housing provision.”

Mark Ludlow from Acton Gardens LLP, added: “We genuinely welcome Ealing Council’s decision which enables us to create more affordable and private homes at Acton Gardens, without comprising on quality, design and public amenities. London’s housing needs have changed considerably since the original masterplan was conceived, so this revised masterplan will deliver a scheme that more closely matches the community’s needs and desires.

“The complex and lengthy application process has been skilfully managed by Barton Willmore with the desired result that new homes can be delivered for those looking to live in this thriving location.”  

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