The Arcadia site covers the area
between Ealing Broadway station and Christchurch, except for the
Carphone Warehouse and Sainsburys stores on the Broadway. In 2007 Irish
developer Glenkerrin wanted to demolish all existing buildings and
erect seven blocks of between seven and 26 storeys, bridging the
railway to bring the frontages up to the edge of Haven Green. The
scheme was revised to re-design the controversial "Leaf" building after
the initial public consultation, and some pictures produced of the
visual impact of the new designs are attached.
The development would have been largely residential, with 567 units,
but with about 50% more retail space (shops, cafes and restaurants).
There were 352 car parking spaces in a two-level basement accessed from
Springbridge Road, 230 for the flats and 122 for retail and commercial
uses including 7 disabled, and 631 cycles spaces.
The application was approved by Ealing's Planning Committee in December 2008. In January 2009 the Secretary of State
decided to "call in" the application for Ministerial decision. An Inspector was appointed to hold a Public Inquiry,
which opened on 23 June and ran for 11 days. The opposition was
spearheaded by SEC, which employed its own barrister to present its
The Inspector's recommendation that the plan should be rejected was
accepted by the Secretary of State in December 2009. The plan was then
Subsequently, Glenkerrin fell foul of the credit squeeze and the
failure of the Allied Irish Bank, which had advanced most of the money.
When the Irish government took over AIB and the loans were recalled,
Glenkerrin's UK properties were transferred in 2011 to the UK
administrators, Grant Thornton, for sale. This was finally completed
when Benson Elliott, a real estate investment fund, bought the site in
28 Oct 2012