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Ealing Council must reject redevelopment plans

A major redevelopment of an entire block within Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area would have an ‘irrevocable and negative impact’ on central Ealing’s ‘fundamental character and appearance’ - leaving the conservation area so devalued that it loses all meaning.

The Victorian Society is strongly objecting to a major redevelopment of an entire block within Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area containing multiple Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The Victorian Society considers that this would have an ‘irrevocable and negative impact’ on central Ealing’s ‘fundamental character and appearance’ - leaving the conservation area so devalued that it loses all meaning.  

Senior Victorian Society Conservation Adviser, James Hughes, said: ‘Ealing Council should sit up and take notice when Historic England says that a scheme is so harmful it would undermine an entire conservation area. The amount of destruction this scheme requires would have an irrevocable and negative impact on central Ealing’s fundamental character and appearance. A total rethink is needed to redevelop the site sensitively so that these buildings, their character and that of the wider area is preserved’.

The proposed redevelopment of an entire block within the Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area retains just one existing building and two street-facing facades. The complete demolition of almost the entire block, including 11 buildings which positively contribute to the character and appearance of the conservation area, would lose a major part of Ealing’s Edwardian and Victorian heritage. The substantial harm this would cause to the significance of the Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area is inescapable. The Victorian Society agrees with Historic England’s statement that if the scheme is approved and built, it is likely ‘that the Ealing Town Centre conservation area would no longer merit its status’.

The scale of the new towers proposed would also be harmful to the setting of a number of listed buildings, in particular Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Grade II*-listed church of Christ the Saviour. Both the setting of the church and key views of it would be harmed by the development’s inappropriate and intrusive scale. The impact of the excessively tall buildings on the broader setting and appearance of the Conservation Area, and others adjoining it, such as the Haven Green Conservation Area, would be substantial and harmful. Ealing Council should reject these plans and work with the developer to find a solution which does not destroy the character which Ealing has developed over hundreds of years.

A petition against the scheme can be found here.

Friday 19 February, 2016

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