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Secretary of State must ‘call-in’ damaging Ealing redevelopment

The redevelopment of an entire block within Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area set a precedent threatening the survival of conservation areas nationwide.

The Victorian Society is taking the highly unusual step of asking the secretary of state to ‘call-in’ a major redevelopment of an entire block within Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area and decide the issues himself. The Victorian Society considers that the plans set a precedent threatening the survival of conservation areas nationwide. The Society is urging the public to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, to request a call-in.

Senior Victorian Society Conservation Adviser, James Hughes, said: This scheme will have such an irrevocable and negative impact on this Ealing conservation area that it calls into question its very existence. It also raises issues about the effectiveness of conservation areas across the country. A call-in offers a rare opportunity for clarification on how conservation areas should be protected. I urge the public to write to the Secretary of State to express their concerns.’

Ealing Council has approved plans to demolish almost an entire block within the Ealing Town Centre Conservation Area - retaining just one building and two facades. The scale of the new towers will also impact on adjoining conservation areas and harm the setting of a number of listed buildings, in particular Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Grade II*-listed church of Christ the Saviour. Ealing Council’s decision is inexplicable given the huge public outcry and warnings from both the Victorian Society and Historic England that, if the scheme is built, it is likely ‘that the Ealing Town Centre conservation area would no longer merit its status’. Conversely the Council reportedly stated that ‘the plans would have no “significant impact” on conservation and said there was “no threat” to redesignate conservation areas’.

The Victorian Society is now urging the public to write to the Secretary of State asking him to ‘call in’ the application and decide it himself. The request for a call-in is not something the Victorian Society makes lightly. The Society hopes to prevent a precedent being set for similar developments in conservation areas.

 


Thursday 10 March, 2016

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