Stop The Towers is continuing the campaign against the increasing number of huge tower blocks being built around West Ealing station – but the work is getting harder as we learn about new proposals from developers.
The latest is four blocks of student accommodation on the Majestic Wine site in Hastings Road with the towers reaching heights of 21 storeys, 13 storeys, 9 storeys and 7 storeys. It sounds like the blueprint for the biggest student party in West London – on our doorstep!
And across the road on the Waitrose site, John Lewis want to build a complex of rented flats in four tower blocks over a new Waitrose store that will reach heights of 20, 18, 16 and 11 storeys.
Stop The Towers had a massive campaign against over-development of the Manor Road site on the other side of the line because we were concerned it would be used as a reason to allow the building of other tower blocks nearby. It seems we were right. That development (22 and 13 storeys) was rejected by Ealing’s planning committee after 2,700 local residents objected but finally agreed after an appeal to the planning inspector.
Stop The Towers is not against sensible, sustainable development for local people which is desperately needed in the area. Neither of these developments matches these criteria. They will either house people renting so-called John Lewis apartments (probably not local) or students. We are not against students but the block will not be under the auspices of any college or university.
The effect of these two developments plus the Manor Road tower and the work that has been continuing in Gordon Road on the old BT site means that between two and three thousand extra people will soon be living in our small corner of West Ealing.
Imagine the strain on doctors, parks, schools etc. Even the local tennis club is not taking any more members as it is full!
Even more reason to Stop The Towers!
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