Residents object to application to build apartment block on Bollo Bridge Road

Image above: developer’s visualisation of the scheme

Public have until 5 October to comment on scheme

A planning application has been submitted to develop housing on a builder’s yard at the corner of Acton Lane and Bollo Bridge Road.

Permission is being sought for a part three, part four, part five-storey plus basement block of 32 flats and a terrace of 3 three-storey plus basement houses following demolition of existing buildings at 5-21 Bollo Bridge Road.

A previous proposal for the same site was made last year but was withdrawn. The latest designs reduce the number of flats in the development from 37 to 32, though the height of the development remains a concern for local residents.

Members of the public have until 5 October to submit comments about the application. Some have complained about the lack of publicity for the new plans, which only came to the attention of many when a yellow notice was spotted near the site on a lamppost.

Ealing Council had recommended the design only be three-storeys high, which one objector said had not been complied with. Many of the public comments on Ealing’s planning portal for this application are concerned with the building’s height and the apparent lack of consultation from the council.

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One objector wrote:

‘As a neighbour who has commented on a previous application, I would have thought I would be notified by email that a new application had been submitted. This has not happened. Has anyone been notified?

‘The design is still not in keeping with the locality. It is still too high compared to the neighbouring buildings. The colour and design are completely different to neighbouring properties, and it will tower over them.’

‘Ealing Council recommended that the design be three storeys, this has not been complied with. As the ground drops away towards Acton Lane, the basement floor will be above ground, with three storeys on top of that plus the extra two at the northern end, then the odd brown angled roof lifts the design to seven stories! It is still too high and should be rejected for this alone.

Another said:

‘This is still out of keeping with the street. Its quite possible to regenerate this plot and make a significant profit without filling it to the brim. Acton Lane and the east end of Bollo bridge road are all victorian/ edwardian terraces or in keeping with them. I dont see why this should be the exception.’ [sic].

The planning application is 217146FUL and can be accessed here.

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