Denham says no to Arcadia

arcadiaSecretary of State, John Denham, has refused planning permission for Glenkerrin’s Ealing development.

The CLG Minister has ruled following a public inquiry after he called in the scheme January. The main reasons for his refusal are rooted in the design of the scheme, despite that it had received approval from design watchdog CABE. In his formal letter of refusal, he says: “the bulk, massing and certain aspects of the design of the scheme would be inappropriate in its surroundings”.

He adds that “it would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Town Centre conservation area and the setting of the Haven Green conservation area, as well as harming the setting of the Grade II* listed Church of Christ the Saviour”.

The Glenkerrin scheme featured a tower designed by Foster + Partners, with the remainder designed by HKR. Denham and the inspector made many positive comments, including praising the way it would bridge the railway and link the town centre and provide significant extra retail space. But its negative impact on the immediate locale was judged more significant.

Developer, Sean O’Gorman, Director of Glenkerrin, told the Ealing Gazette: “We’re bitterly disappointed following the three year democratic planning process, listening to the local community and amending the scheme on a number of occasions. We worked extensively with the Commission for Architecture and the built environment (CABE), the Ealing Borough and local councillors and the scheme was approved by the Mayor of London and Transport for London. It’s a devastating blow for Ealing; we long said it’s punching below its weight, it’s dying on its feet and is under-performing. This scheme in the heart of Ealing is certainly a missed opportunity with the coming of Crossrail.”

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