Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) is a voluntary alliance of 25 residents' associations and community groups drawn together as local stakeholders in response to proposed developments in the centre of Ealing. Our Vision statement (recently revised) defines the principles we believe should guide plans for the centre of the borough. All our activities are aimed at furthering this vision.
News of latest developments is below.  Our archives and more details on each of the main topics which concern us can be seen in the separate sections listed on the left.

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9-42 THE BROADWAY PLANS


You can also now donate safely via our Paypal account by following this link  



UPDATE on the 9-42 The Broadway campaign - 12th March 2017:
SEC has recently contacted our supporters and previous donors again to collect the donations required to fight the plans for 9 - 42 The Broadway.
As of today, we have received £24,000  However we now need more funds so we may hire in expert witnesses.
We also need to circulate details of this campaign to friends and family who might wish to support us.

A copy of the information we have sent to our supporters can be seen  HERE and there is even more below or via the 9-42 The Broadway link in the lefthand column of this page

 
                           12th March 2017
                         £24,000 


UPDATE on the 9-42 The Broadway campaign - 7th February 2017:

SEC has now been contacting our supporters and previous donors to collect the donations required to fight the plans for 9 - 42 The Broadway. As of today, we have received £20,137 - about 80.5% of our original required target of £25,000. However please help out by sending donations now anyway and circulating details of this campaign to friends and family who might wish to support us in preventing more wholesale destruction of Ealing Broadway.  In the meantime we would very much like to thank all of you who have donated so far.
More details of the inquiry can be found via the previous update information below or via the 9-42 The Broadway link in the lefthand column of this page.

                           

UPDATE on the 9-42 The Broadway site ownership - 27th January 2017:
We now hear that the whole site - previously known as Arcadia - and the subject of our campaign to stop the devlopment that received Planning Permission from Ealing Council back in 2016 is about to be sold again!
British Land, who already own The Broadway Centre opposite, has made an offer in the region of £50m for the whole site to Benson Elliott who in turn bought it from Glenkerrin when they went into administration.
There will undoubtedly be changes to the Benson Elliot plans and it is not known what impact this may have on the upcoming public inquiry.
There is a bit more on this on the Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum page at http://www.centralealingforum.com/

UPDATES (1st, 12th and 19th December):
There was a pre-inquiry meeting with the inspector and all main interested parties held in Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday 30th November - You can find some brief notes about what was said there via our 9-42 link on the left column or directly
HERE (this opens in a new tab). You can also see the notes taken at the meeting by The Secretary of State's representative HERE and details of the timing of the inquiry HERE


 23rd November 2016:
Save Ealing's Centre has employed a barrister to help us fight plans for a wholesale redevelopment of the northern side of Ealing Broadway between McDonalds and the station. We need donations to prevent the final destruction of this area and replacement with overpowering and totally out-of-character buildings. This is our flyer being distributed to show what is proposed and how you can help us.



If you find this a bit hard to read, the full size version can be seen  HERE in pdf format.
SEC has also just issued a press release about the campaign and you can read it as a pdf HERE and has just sent this e-mail to our supporters with more information. You can read it HERE


21st October 2016:  Historic England (previously known as English Heritage)
have just issued their "Heritage at Risk 2016" List which includes searchable entries for the UK and contains quite a few entries for places and buildings in Ealing. You can search their full list via their website at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/  and there is a summary for Central Ealing available HERE  

Historic England have been very supportive in our campaign to prevent some of the 9 - 42 Broadway scheme as proposed.


 21st October 2016:         Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum   - CENF

CENF has produced it's neighbourhood plan for Central Ealing. Drafted by local residents and businesses working together though the forum. It is now out for public consultation.

The Plan will influence how the town centre develops over the next ten years. If approved at referendums next year, it will become part of the Ealing Borough plan to 2026.

You can read all about them and their submission plans on their web page which can be found  HERE
 and  learn how individuals and businesses can comment through the councils web site at https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201164/local_plans/1243/latest_consultation   

If you wish to get regular updates from CENF, you can sign up for their mailing list at  http://eepurl.com/p8405

16th June 2016:
Ealing Today have just added an update to their page about the controversial plans for 9 - 42 The Broadway, entitled "Campaigners say council should have listened to objections"   You can see their full article HERE

9th June 2016:-     SEC has just issued the following Press Statement:-

9-42 The Broadway, Ealing - Planning Application P/2015/3479

Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) has now been granted official participant (Rule 6) satus by the Planning Inspectorate in the public inquiry into the widely criticised application to knock down existing buildings and re-develop this large site within the Ealing Town Centre conservation area.
This means that SEC will be playing a full part in the public inquiry, as we did for the Glenkerrin application for the same site that was refused after a previous inquiry in 2009. The inquiry is likely to take place in early 2017.
SEC will be supported by Ealing Civic Society and the Local Conservation Area panels.
National specialist hertiage adviser Historic England, who also object strongly to the application, will be appearing as another Rule 6 official participant.
We believe that this very costly public inquiry could have been avoidede if London Borough of Ealing planning department had taken proper account of the many objections based on planning policy that they received.

As always, if you want to see a more sympathetic development on this site and would like to offer support to SEC, please write to mail@saveealingscentre.com to be added to our mailing list (approximately one e-mail sent out every 2 weeks at present)

2nd June 2016:-    SEC calls on councillors to correct problems with planning in Ealing.

SEC has now written formally to Ealing Councillors as a result of The Secretary of State's call-in for the 9-42 development and asking "what is going wrong" with the council planning functions and waht they, as councillors, should be doing?
The full text of the letter can be seen HERE and there is also a report on the Ealing Today site HERE

24th May 2016:-   9 - 42 Broadway latest update on the result of our appeal to The Secretary of State.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has called in the plans for this redevelopment scheme and have requested further information from Ealing's Planning department.
They particularly request to be informed as to how this scheme is consistent with Government policies on town centres for ensuring the vitality of town centres, delivering a wide choice of quality housing, conserving and enhancing the historic environment and consistent with the development plan for the area. They also wish to be informed about any other matters the inspector deems relevant.
The full text of their letter can be seen HERE

SEC have issued the following Press Release:-

Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) is pleased to report that the very unpopular planning application to destroy a large part of our historic town centre and replace it with huge ugly buildings has been called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

There will now be an inquiry to consider the application with reference to local, regional and national planning policy and conservation area legislation.

We are informed that Historic England will make representations detailing their very strong objections to the application, as will SEC, Ealing Civic Society and other community groups.

The decision to call in is certainly a step in the right direction and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the public of Ealing for the massive support given to our campaign.

There is also a report on the Ealing Today website HERE

12th May 2016:-  Development at 5A Rathgar Avenue and 42 Waldemar Avenue

Save Ealing’s Centre is very concerned with the way The London Borough of Ealing (LBE) planning department have handled this application. Although not within Ealing town centre, where our operations are normally centred, it is however within an area covered by three of our member organisations, the Kingsdown Residents’ Association (KRA), the Walpole Residents’ Association (WRA) and West Ealing Neighbours (WEN)

The planning department’s conduct in this matter, were it to be repeated, has implications for planning across the whole borough, and it is primarily for this reason that we have chosen to comment.
You can see the full text of our Press Release HERE
And the full article in Ealing Today is HERE

6th May 2016:-    Application by Ealing to de-register part of Haven Green as Common Land.

Following court action by The Friends of Haven Green (FOHG), Ealing has applied to the Planning Inspectorate to de-register the lozenge of land on which the cycle hub stands. FOHG had said that, because it is Common Land, it would require approval of The Government.
FOHG say that this would set a precedent for Ealing and other councils to erode parts of other Common Land which is at present safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.
You are urged to make your objections known via the link in the attached letter below.
You can see the full text of the letter HERE
You can keep up to date on the website of The Friends of Haven Green HERE
Ealing Today has the full story at their online site HERE

24th May 2016:-    52 - 58 Uxbridge Road

SEC  are now involved in discussions over the re-development of the block known as 52-58 Uxbridge Road. There are serious concerns over the height of the building, its position so close to the junction with St Leonard's Road and right up to pavement boundary and it's proximity to the listed Ealing Fire Station.
We will keep you informed via this web page.

SEC have now responded to the Ealing consultation concerning this development and the full text of our letter can be seen HERE

6th May 2016:   9 - 42 Broadway updates.

The request to the previous Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) to call in this development was turned down. However SEC continues in discussions with Historic England and other parties, such as The Victorian Society, to get the scale and design of this development changed.

17th March 2016:

SEC have now written to various people in Ealing Council "seeking a formal investigation in accordance with the compliants procedure into the operation of the planning department and committee, with specific reference, but not limited to, P/2015/3479" (the 9 - 42 Planning Application)

You can see the full text of the letter  HERE   Also Ealing Today website has an updated page referring to this request for an investigation. See it HERE

10th and 11th March 2016: Save Ealing's Centre have just issued the following Press Release:-


View of the proposed development as seen from Haven Green  

The fight goes on!

In Ealing we have a council that doesn't listen to public opinion. That ignores objections raised in the strongest terms by expert national heritage bodies such as Historic England, the Victorian Society and Save Britain's Heritage. That even ignores the objections of the local MP.
Fortunately this application must also be approved by the Mayor, and it seems that it doesn't comply with the London Plan. 
It can also be called in by the Secretary of State. This only happens where there are issues of national importance. Strong concerns from Historic England, the national expert conservation body and the government’s advisor on the historic environment, highlight that this application does indeed have wider than local implications.
The last unsympathetic application to redevelop this site was turned down by the Secretary of State following the call-in process. 
Save Ealing's Centre's next steps will be to lobby the Mayor and press the Secretary of State both directly and through our MP to request a call-in.
NOTE - The time for this has now passed and so we have just provided copies of some of the letters written.
The Victorian Society wrote two letters on 19th February HERE and  10th March HERE
SEC wrote to The Mayor of London HERE and the Secretary of State HERE
and last but certainly not least this is what we wrote to our regular subscribers to help them compose their letters to various places.


25th February 2016:   9 - 42 Broadway scheme discussed at The Planning Committee meeting

The Ealing Council Planning Committe meeting was held last night and after a one hour debate, the scheme including the 18 storey building, was passed by 8 votes to 5.

Save Ealing's Centre have issued the following Press Release:-

"Save Ealing's Centre are very disappointed with the vote, particularly given the fact that Historic England indicated clearly that the proposals are not in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other legislation. Ealing council effectively ignored these objections, along with those from local MP Dr Rupa Huq, all three Ealing Broadway Ward Councillors, the Victorian Society and SAVE (Save Britain's Heritage), and strong local opposition from SEC, Ealing Civic Society (ECS), local residents' associations, the Town Centre conservation area panel and over 1700 individuals who signed our petition. It is hard to see what was in the minds of the committee when they approved this application despite such universal condemnation."

Ealing Today have published a report on their page HERE

The Ealing Gazette's more comprehensive report is HERE

SEC will be following up this decision and we will post more details here as they emerge.



13th February 2016: UPDATED (TWICE!)19th February 2016     Latest on the 9 - 42 Broadway scheme.

    The developers of the site (between The Arcadia Centre and Carphone Warehouse have made a revised planning application which preserves the little shop at 9 Broadway (next to the alley) and numbers 13 and 14 (at present Office clothing store and Maplin) and sets back some of the higher levels of other shops. However they still want to go ahead with the demolition of Carphone Warehouse - partly to set it back and allow a 2-way cycle lane alongside up towards Haven Green. The new building will still be a modern faceless block right across the street from the original pub (now Metrobank) and the National Westminster Bank - which was the original Ealing Town Hall.
    Historic England (the new name for English Heritage) have made two representations to Ealing Council and have suggested that this scheme may cause significant harm to the historic built environment and to the significance of the designated heritage asset (Ealing Conservation Area) and that if it gets approval, the current boundaries might be difficult to justify. They note that this conservation area is already highlighted in their Conservation Management Survey as being at risk.
    If, as Historic England has recommended, conservation area status is removed should the planning application be passed by the Planning Committee this Wednesday 24th February, this could lead to the floodgates being open for similar large scale schemes in the town centre which would destroy its character.
    This result might also mean problems with preserving other nearby areas in central Ealing - such as further east past the station on both sides of the main road, Bond Street and High Street and the Lamertons site (opposite the town hall). Perhaps even as far as Ealing Green and Pitzhangar Manor?

You can see a copy of their letter from last September HERE and the latest from this month HERE 

SEC have also issued a final statement which can be viewed HERE

You can also see a copy of the proposed South elevation HERE showing how the retained old frontages will look very strange within the high modern buildings and Ealing Today have published a very good report HERE.

We must act now. Please write to object to the scheme. You can do so via the Ealing Council web site via the online form here which should automatically come up with the reference P/2015/3479 or by email to the planning officer - Steve Austin austins@ealing.gov.uk with a copy to planning@ealing.gov.uk, giving the reference P/2015/3479. You should also include your full postal address. Objections can be about height, density, loss of heritage assets, but most importantly its effect on the town centre conservation area, including the fear that it might be de-designated if the current scheme goes ahead.

UPDATE 1 - An online petition has also been started to say "Don't rip the heart out of Ealing" which we encourage you to sign.

It can be found on the "change.org" website There is no need to specifically indentify yourself if you simply untick the box at the bottom right-hand side. It is to be found HERE

As at 10pm on 21st February, this stood at over 1400 signatures having only been online for about 3 days so it is going well but we need at least 2000 so PLEASE sign! - Thanks!

UPDATE 2 - We have now received copies of more letters sent to Ealing Council from relevent bodies. Please read them to see what relevant Heritage bodies think.

           From Historic England - another one today - see  HERE

           From Save Britain's Heritage - see HERE

           From The Victorian Society - see HERE


1st October 2015:    Latest updates on the 9 - 42 Broadway scheme.

The anticipated planning application - P/2015/3479 - for the remainder of the huge Glenkerrin site has been lodged and you can still comment on it.
SEC has submitted its formal comments and you can see their objections and submission  HERE
There is more on this on our latest newsletter for September 2015 available via the link on the left of this page.


21st August 2015:    Latest on the 9 - 42 Broadway scheme.

    The planning Application for the redevelopment of all the land between The Carphone Warehouse and The Arcadia Centre and between Ealing Broadway and the railway line has now been published. This also includes 1 - 4 Haven place - the little lane with a few houses - heading off from the main road behind Snappy Snaps.
    Eveything in that block will be demolished and new shops built at ground level all the way around from The Arcadia Centre to Broadway Chambers (opposite the station). The shops will be built in sections with slightly different finishes of brick and hard surface but nothing like the existing surfaces, mix of styles or size. Over them will be flats set slightly back. Unfortunately even the Carphone Warehouse building - sympathetically rebuilt after the bomb - will be demolished and replaced with a tall square building nothing like the existing one and totally different from the traditional Metrobank/Feathers Tavern opposite, the National Westminster bank alongside or the shops across the road. The blocks in Station Approach will also be set a bit back to allow a new 2-way cycle lane and have an entrance crossing the footpath and cycle lane to underground parking (via a lift) in the middle.
    Behind, there will be several blocks of flats of varying heights and arranged along a new passageway with a slope down from the station level and leading to the church, possibly lined with shops/cafes and possibly freely accessible to everyone. There will be gardens, but at first floor level and only available to flat dwellers! They are saying that a new Jazz or similar club will be provided. We shall see!
    The main developers, Benson Elliot, have now appointed Londonewcastle (yes that is how they spell it!) to manage the development as part of their plan to "regenerate a resurgent West London suburb". There is a little information at their website but it doesn't seem to be working today! However be warned that that page comes with very loud annoying music in the background.

The full planning application information and how to comment can be seen on the Ealing Council website  HERE
or using the usual Planning Aplication search page under the reference number P/2015/3479
However, be aware that "time is tight" as the consultation closes on 11th September!

Larger views of the current row of traditional shops and the proposed replacement are available HERE

Empire Cinema
As we remember it As proposed Scheduled to go Nearby typical existing buildings

29th April 2015:   Latest on the cinema and adjacent sites and the Compulsory Purchase Order

    A three week public inquiry recently examined LBE's proposals to compulsorily purchase the old Empire Cinema plus other land including the YMCA building on Bond Street and Flava’s bar fronting Ealing Green.  The Council says that after teaming up with Land Securities, the UK’s biggest property company, it wants the land for an 8 screen cinema, 161 flats and restaurants.
    Having demolished their old cinema leaving a vacant site since 2009, Empire Cinema say they still want to proceed with their longstanding plans for a 20 screen cinema complex.
    Originally, SEC supported the principle of the CPO as the most likely way to bring a cinema back to Ealing.  But as Ealing’s plans evolved it became clear there were many serious disadvantages to what they proposed. There would be widespread damage to Ealing’s historic character and early promises for other arts and leisure uses on the site disappeared from the final scheme. 

 Will French, explained to the Inquiry Inspector that SEC had therefore withdrawn our original support for the CPO.

SEC's statement given at this meeting can be seen  HERE

Full page views of the two proposed schemes are available HERE
      

Empire Cinema Rear of cinema
As we remember it Cinema as proposed
Cinema in April 2015!  


29th April 2014:    Arcadia update.

Ealing Civic Society held their AGM on 29th April and the Arcadia (now known as 1 - 8 Broadway) developers Benson Elliot gave a brief presentation in conjunction with architects Allies and Morrison and property developers Londonewcastle.

The scaffolding will be removed from the front of the building in July and shops should be trading by Christmas.
They then outlined their plans for the rest of the site up to (but not over) the railway including a new pedestrian street through the site and exiting opposite the crossing to The Broadway centre with residential and public spaces to the rear.
There will be larger shops on the Broadway frontage but no higher than those on the south side of the road and smaller ones on the pedestrian route.
It is hoped that the architecture will be sympathetic to the existing buildings.
They intend to refurbish Broadway Chambers and improve access from the station there. Although providing a level route may be a problem.
It is hoped that planning should be complete by the end of this year with scheduled completion possibly 3 years hence.

Ealing Civic Society can contacted via their website at http://www.ealingcivicsociety.org/ where you will find details of how to join them and forthcoming events and how they are working to preserve and improve our borough.


January 2013:    Benson Elliot completes Arcadia site purchase

Benson Elliot Capital Management completed the purchase of the Arcadia site in Ealing Broadway from the Administrators of Glenkerrin (UK) Ltd in December.

Benson Elliot plans to undertake a phased redevelopment, details of which are now being developed. The area, which comprises the Arcadia shopping centre and adjacent high street units, does not include the station forecourt, which is subject to separate plans by Ealing Council (see below).

SEC has had a preliminary meeting with the developers and their architects, Allies & Morrison, and will have a further discussion soon.