Jewsons site to include 15 storey tower and 185 flats
A visualisation from the developer showing the scheme from Horn Lane
July 20, 2023
A meeting of the Ealing Borough planning committee this Wednesday evening (19 July) has given approval to a major development in Acton.
Permission has been given to build 185 flats in four blocks including a 15 storey tower on the site of the Jewsons Builders Merchant at 227 – 239 Horn Lane.
Bellaview Properties Ltd and Builder Depot Ltd want to build four blocks of 15, 11 7 and six storeys. The towers will be known as the Lynton Road Block, Courtyard Block, Station Block and Horn Lane Block.
The residential proportion of the scheme will be on an elevated deck with commercial space at ground floor level allowing the builders’ merchant to return when the development is complete. The building was designed by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman (BGY).
Of the 185 flats, 35 will be for social rent, 29 classed as affordable with the remaining 121 for private sale.
Twenty residents objected to the scheme on grounds including lack of infrastructure, over-density, loss of privacy and the scale of the buildings.
Addressing concerns about the height of the main tower the planner’s report says, “When viewed on approaches to the site on Horn Lane, the orientation and siting of the highest element of the scheme emphasises its location adjacent to the Acton Main Line Station in accordance with the site allocation. In shorter range views, the height of the building along Horn Lane would match that of the adjacent Acton House residential building, providing consistency within the streetscape. It is not considered that the proposal would have any substantial harm on any designated heritage assets within the area.”
Access would be provided to the residential section via an archway on Horn Lane, that would provide stepped access, as well as elevators, to a garden podium area. Each of the blocks would have primary access from the garden podium.
The project will bring in £1,660,280 in section 106 contributions including £250,000 for education infrastructure, £650,000 for healthcare provision and £200,000 for sports infrastructure to be provided through Active Ealing.
The current entrance to the Jewsons site on Horn Lane
Network Rail have already applied to get rights over the site to give them access to the railway line for supplies for the Old Oak Common Station development project for HS2. They want to continue to have access at this point for future maintenance purposes but have not yet come to an agreement with the freeholder of the site who has objected to Network Rail having accessed. They have applied to the Secretary of State for a determination on the matter and it will become the subject of a public inquiry. Network Rail says it does not object to the principle of the development but needs an easement to allow it to access the rail line through land on which the scheme occupies and that the timing of the delivery of the applicants’ proposed scheme conflicts with Network Rail’s own plans to temporarily occupy the site in connection with the Old Oak Common Station works.
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