SEC e-mail concerning Planning Committee
are disappointed to tell you that Crossrail is insisting its revised plans for
Ealing Broadway Station must go to go before the Planning Cttee on Wed 13 Aug.
Although many people will be away on holiday then, Crossrail is unwilling to
wait for a decision until the public has had a chance to view the plans at the
exhibition, which is now proposed for Sept 2nd and 4th
on the station forecourt. Crossrail says delays in obtaining approval for
their plans will damage their target of opening the new station in late 2016,
although they have not provided details. It also says this is only an outline
planning application, and further detailed applications will be consulted on.
are very unhappy about Crossrail’s decision. LBE had previously told us that
comments from the exhibition would be considered as part of the consultation,
and we had passed this message to you. Many of you obviously accepted our
advice as the
to the Committee says
Ealing received only four comments on the revised plans.
are trying to get the decision deferred until after the exhibition but there is
a real risk that the majority of us will not have a chance to comment on the
plans unless we all act in the next few days.
say we have until close of play on Monday 11 Aug to comment on the station plans
which you can view as application No P/2013/5387
on the Ealing.gov.uk website .
opinion is that Crossrail’s new design is certainly an improvement on the
industrial scheme that Crossrail tried to foist on Ealing before Christmas.
However, we think far too many canopy supports will obstruct the station
entrance and the number of them should be reduced. We also think the plans give
insufficient detail eg in terms of materials and visual impact on the
Conservation Area for a development of this importance and in this location. In
addition, there are now 3 linked planning applications that are to be considered
separately – Crossrail’s, one for Villiers House PP/2014/3142
published one –
the kebab shop (no. 49 Haven Green) which Ealing Council intends to acquire and
then demolish. It is difficult to see how you could get a coherent and
consistent design for the whole station frontage without considering all 3
we advised previously, there is little change to the station internally with no
escalators and lifts that may be too small for the numbers of people who will
need to use them. While many people objected about this first time round,
Crossrail’s revised proposals do not respond to these concerns. Except for the
improvements required for Crossrail trains, we are also disappointed that other
elements in the station which have long needed them are not to be updated.
Compared with the money no object treatment you may have seen on television
recently Crossrail is giving to its central London stations, Ealing Broadway
will be a huge disappointment
will happen outside is still under discussion. However, while we know forecasts
have been prepared, the Schedule 7 application plans provide no estimates of
passenger numbers. So while the effect on the area around the station will no
doubt be very significant, it is impossible for the public to assess what it
would be. Access arrangements for disabled people are not explained in the
current documents and remain a big concern. We are also disappointed that no
cycle parking is proposed within the station building that would allow the
‘temporary’ racks on Haven Green to be removed.
are many investors, developers, employers, passengers and current car drivers to
persuade that the new station will be sufficient to support their long-term
decisions, to enable sustained growth in Central Ealing. We continue to look
to Ealing to improve public transport to promote the town centre’s renewal as
the London Plan urges.
regards, Save Ealing’s Centre
7th August 2014