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:
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