Countryside Properties and L&Q have been granted detailed planning permission for the next phase of the regeneration of Ealing’s largest housing estate, South Acton. The permission has been granted by the London Borough of Ealing to Acton Gardens LLP, a joint venture between L&Q and Countryside Properties, and involves 167 dwellings of which 80 are intended to be for private sale and 87 affordable. Start on site is planned for 2011 with completion expected in 2013.
A wide range of homes from one to four bedroom apartments and maisonettes, through to four bedroom houses will be provided across all tenures. The permission includes the first phase of an energy centre incorporating Combined Heat & Power (CHP) as well as photovoltaic renewable facilities.
Meanwhile, work is underway on the Phase 2 planning application for 130 new homes which is due to be submitted in 2011. In late 2011 an outline planning application will cover the rest of the estate’s regeneration, a total of around 2,600 homes on the prominent 40-acre site. The overall vision is to reconnect the South Acton estate to the wider neighbourhood through the creation of ‘Acton Gardens’ an urban village with traditional tree-lined streets, a sense of place, and safety and security for its residents.
It will be a ‘green’ neighbourhood with a plaza, upgraded parks, communal gardens, allotments and private spaces. A community hub, culture, office and retail spaces will also be provided. The new homes will be environmentally sustainable offering low heating, power and water costs. The new neighbourhood will have improved links to the existing adjoining underground and overground stations, and Acton Town Centre.
The permission follows two formal public consultations and several resident workshops where residents’ views and opinions have been discussed with the project team. There has also been extensive collaboration with the London Borough of Ealing and the HCA.
Countryside Properties and L&Q are working with a highly experienced project team including HTA Architects as masterplanners & lead architects; Alison Brooks Architects as character area architects, AECOM as energy consultants and Terence O’Rourke as planning consultants.
Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman of Countryside Properties, said: “Since our selection as development partners at the beginning of the year we have worked hard with all the stakeholders to bring the first phase plans together. It is great to see them being approved so that we can get underway on site this year. We recognise that this is an outstanding opportunity to address the physical, social and economic regeneration of not just the estate itself, but also the wider South Acton area.”
David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to start this highly significant redevelopment which is keenly anticipated by the residents. We look forward to continuing our work with the residents, the council and the HCA to develop a project that will transform the estate and continue our mission of creating places where people want to live.”
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a really significant step forward in a very important project to revitalise South Acton. I’m sure residents will be as pleased as I am that the next phase in this long awaited regeneration scheme can now get underway.”