Plans in for 283 homes in Hanwell at Wickes site

Plans have been formally submitted to Ealing Council for development of the Wickes site in Hanwell with 283 homes included. A2Dominon are the developers behind the scheme with Assael the architects.

Ealing Council have unhelpfully split up the Design and Access statement within the planning application into 15 separate parts making finding details trickier than it need be.

There will be 86 car parking spaces and 452 cycle parking spots. Retail space is to be provided at street level. 

The site currently looks like this:

Courtesy Google

Here’s an aerial view:

On a basic level this is an improvement in the use of land. With a desperate need for stable and affordable housing, particularly for those under 40, increasing supply in a spot close to forthcoming Crossrail services makes sense. 

The car parking level for the new development will make some locals nervous. If enforcement is strong then hopefully problems will not spill over into neighbouring areas.

Better use of land

The current retail shed for Wickes is old and tired. A lot of land is simply tarmac and car parks. Efficient use of land with a rising population and shortage of homes it isn’t.

There’s a lot right with this design. It’s contextual and the Boston Road frontage, for example, looks attractive:

It integrates well with existing shops and plans include a small square:

In addition to a new square there will be rooftop gardens.

All in all this appears to be one of the better proposals recently seen. A lot of the little details please; such as the use of brick and detailing which has been revised after consultation and the window frames chosen. The canopies on retail units and pitched roofs are also very welcome.

It’s certainly better than the blocks planned down the road in West Ealing. One of which proposes demolishing the attractive art deco former Woolworths instead of retaining the frontage and building behind. The same developer is behind this – A2Dominion – as in Hanwell.

Directly next door is another poor plan for a brute of a building at the former BHS site. 136 homes are proposed there.

It would be great to hear readers’ views. Feel free to leave comments below.

The full details from the planning application are: 

177284FUL | Demolition of existing buildings and development of 3 blocks of between 3 and 7 stories, comprising a total of 283 studio 1, 2, 3 bed flats, ground floor retail/ non-residential institute/ Assembly and Leisure (Class A1 and flexible Class A1 / A2 / A3 / D1 / D2) and commercial (Class B1) units; with vehicle access from Adelaide road, servicing, car and cycle parking, refuse storage, landscaping, public and private amenity space and village square open space. | 75-117 Boston Road Hanwell London W7 3SA

10 thoughts on “Plans in for 283 homes in Hanwell at Wickes site

  • October 3, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    It looks good apart from parking! I live in Olde Ha well and there is already a shortage of parking spaces. In an ideal world people would cycle but realistically each flat will be occupied by two people due to affordability. They will have at least one car which they will not be able to park within the complex. So they will be parking in Olde Hanwell. Residents will get fed up and want restricted parking so the council will make more money!!!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 11:41 am
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    Schools, parking and doctors facilities are required mor than MORE FLATS

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  • October 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm
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    It looks amazing but agree with the above comment about parking which is already a huge issue in the area, particularly Rosebank road. there simply isn’t any more room for more cars. I feel that they need to make more car parking spaces available. Making it permit only down Rosebank wont help unless the restriction runs throughout the night and only available to people who live on the road and one adjacent road each side

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  • October 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    The flats a very well designed but lack of parking will make the area a nightmare.

    I live very close to the Wickes site and welcome the change but I feel the lack of parking they are providing will cause a huge negative impact on the existing homeowners in the area.

    In the initial consultations with the planners they tried to convince us that the occupiers of the flats would not have cars and simply commute to work.

    But that is not enough of reassurance.
    And by simply adding parking restrictions it will not ease the situation.

    I really feel the developers and Ealing council should do more to explain how they are going to ease the parking situation. Not only for this development but the 3 or 4 other developments that are being built within a 1 mile radius.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    There are not enough car parking spaces for all those flats. But my main concern is this:
    Who will live in those flats? How much will they cost? How much will the rents be?
    The cheapest flats at St.Bernard’s Gate development, next to Ealing Hospital, cost just under half a million.
    They are little units, more like hotel room-apartments than flats for families to live in permantly. They get advertised abroad to attract foreign investors. How different to that will the Wickes site flats be? And most importantly, will people from Hanwell be able to afford them?

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    Happy with the design of the flats and think it will improve the area but totally agree with all the parking comments. I live 5 mins away and West Ealing CPZ is coming our way soon. Parking is going to be difficult enough as it is as we live in the outer zone where permits don’t apply. Why can’t they have underground parking for this development ?

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  • November 26, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    This and the dozens of other new apartment builds simply increases the density of people without any regard to whether the local infrastructure can support the increase in population. As others have said…there is no mention of schools, hospitals, doctors and indeed adequate parking!

    283 homes with 86 car parking spaces….why not build an underground car park with sufficient spaces. While you are at it perhaps one of those lovely shops could be made into a nice doctors surgery!

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  • December 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    These again are pure overdevelopment, they are based on Central London density, not Urban as Hanwell is classed. No infracture spendage was given to Hanwell from the LBE, that means, Drs, Schools, Sewage has been updated to even consider this. Check out the application form for the breakdown on housing…..
    https://pam.ealing.gov.uk/online-applications/files/721EA07C90B3EB4A372CE51E1C543B0F/pdf/177284FUL–2339417.pdf

    Also check out the contamination report…. https://pam.ealing.gov.uk/online-applications/files/D5DDAC3EF0C6994036B817D218225D36/pdf/177284FUL-FINAL_BOSTON_ROAD_PHASE_1_GEO_ENVIRONMENTAL_INVESTIGATION_PART1-2326623.pdf

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