LB Ealing is reported to have threatened to compulsorily purchase the Empire Cinema, a stalled project on the Broadway.
Ealing Council is reported by Ealing Today to have written requesting assurances that work be completed within a ‘reasonable period’.
Work began on replacing the cinema formerly on the site in 2009, but has stalled. The frontage, which was to be retained, has been standing alone since then. Empire have permission to build a new 16 screen cinema.
Ealing Today reports Brendon Walsh, LB Ealing Director of Regeneration says: ‘ It is unacceptable for Empire to have started on a scheme in such a prominent town centre location only for work to have stopped for such a long period leaving an eyesore that has a detrimental effect on the vitality of the town centre.’
Mr Walsh continued, ‘I have now taken advice and received confirmation that the Council, as planning authority, has powers under section 91 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 to serve a completion notice where we are of the opinion that development will not be completed within a reasonable period. Ultimately, if no progress is made to complete the development I will be recommending to Cabinet that the Council exercise compulsory purchase powers to prevent the site from continuing to harm the town centre.”