Queues had built up outside the hall from 4pm for the 6pm meeting, and the Council had laid on a video relay to a second room to accommodate all the interested parties.
Seven objectors spoke against the development, most under the 'Save Ealing's Centre' banner, but the Councillors were not swayed and approved the £36m development.
Cllr David Millican, Ealing Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "I believe the committee's decision to give this scheme the go ahead was the right one for the future prosperity of Ealing. Despite the gloomy economic times, Ealing now has a number of major investments on the horizon that will breath new life into the town centre."
"I am particularly pleased that the extensive work undertaken over recent months to improve the design has enabled it to win the support of the nation's design watchdog, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment."
The development, a former version of which – the 'Leaf' – was criticised by CABE, will be referred to the Mayor's office, and the Government Office for London, for approval given its scale.The Mayor though indicated some support in a letter to Ealing Council last week, in which he "expressed satisfaction that the latest revisions represented significant improvements in the design and quality of the scheme".
Sean O’Gorman, a Glenkerrin Director, said: "This is a very significant step forward for Ealing. Our proposals have evolved over a number of months in response to consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. They were also the subject of rigorous debate at last night’s committee meeting. We recognise that approving the application was a brave step by councillors. We firmly believe that they made the right decision".
“We have noted committee members’ views on the proposed bus interchange. We and our planning advisors, GVA Grimley, will be discussing these with Ealing Council, Transport for London and the Mayor’s office”.
This approval follows that of Dickens Yard, and makes Ealing Broadway a significant centre of development. Informed speculation suggests that Glenkerrin will use most of the three year life of the planning permission before starting on site.