Acton St Alban’s appeal

Plans for a redevelopment of St Alban’s church in Acton have hit a delay.

The plans, by Ibbotson Architects for Oak Tree Court, were deferred at the last council meeting following local community representations. The developer has now submitted an appeal on grounds of non-determination.

The plans envisaged converting the locally listed building into ten apartments. It is understood that Oak Tree Court own an option to purchase from the present and former owner – the London Diocese of the Church of England.

The deferral followed representations from a number of community groups hoping to have the building turned over to community use, or for continued religious use. Although the officer’s report recommended approval of Oak Tree Court’s plans subject to conditions, the planning committee decided to defer, prompting the non-determination appeal.

A council spokesperson said: “The planning committee deferred making a decision at the meeting on 25 July as they wanted officers to investigate offers put forward for the site by groups in the community. Five groups have been contacted for information about their finances and interest in the site.

“In the meantime, the applicant has submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate who will make the decision.”

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