Developers introduce height cap after Ealing tall buildings statement

Plans for the regeneration of Friary Park in Acton are being changed to cap the height of the buildings.

Developer Mount Anvil and housing association, Catalyst, say they are responding to Ealing’s Tall Buildings Position Statement.

They say they will work with experts from the council and the Greater London Authority on the revised scheme, which would retain all of the outside space and amenities.

The joint venture aims to build an additional 106 affordable homes in phase one.

The scheme received planning permission in 2019 for 990 homes, with 45% of them classed as genuinely affordable. Communal areas and outdoor spaces would be included, and are not expected to be changed by the height cap.

LB Ealing recently promised to stop the “spread of skyscrapers”, issuing new guidance to developers stressing the need for more affordable housing and more sustainable buildings. It defines tall building as “those that are substantially taller than their neighbours and/or which significantly change the skyline”.

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Image above: 25 storey ‘monster tower’ next to the Bollo Lane railway crossing in Chiswick

‘We have listened to concerns’, say developers

Marcus Bate, a Mount Anvil director, said:

“Our business is built on collaboration and listening.

“We’ve listened to concerns about the proposed increase in height to the four tallest buildings at Friary Park and we are collaborating closely with Ealing’s planners to find a better solution, which achieves the same community benefits.”

Richard Smith, of Catalyst, added:

“Community-oriented communal outdoor spaces and enlarged balconies for all homes are going to really enhance the lives of Friary Park’s residents.”

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