The three town centre studies, commissioned by Ealing Council last year, set out how Ealing, Acton and Southall town centres could develop. The plans also include the gateway to Park Royal, which is one of Europe’s largest industrial estates and an employment hub for the borough.
The Council is now scheduling a series of public meetings across the borough to ask local residents what they think of the proposals and find out how they think the Council’s £15million town centre regeneration fund should be spent.
The 100-page strategy will help to shape future development in the area. The Ealing plan covers the area between Ealing Broadway and West Ealing. It is split into four sections; a development site strategy; a community infrastructure plan; a movement strategy; an urban design and public realm strategy.
Among the proposals in the reports is increasing the size of retail units to attract higher quality shops. It also recognises the need for a mix of retail, hotel, office, residential and leisure development within the town centre areas. In addition public areas will be upgraded with better paving and street furniture.
In North Acton, the area at the gateway to the Park Royal industrial estate could be transformed with more mixed-use development, and an urban park.
Transport improvements, designed to increase capacity, are key to the ideas for regenerating each of the areas. Interchanges between bus and rail services at Ealing Broadway are seen as vital elements in the preparation for the introduction of Crossrail in 2016. The Council and its consultants believe the building of Crossrail will create the right conditions for further development and be a significant boost to regeneration in all three town centres.
The number of shoppers could be increased in Acton town centre by linking the rail stations to the town, creating the right conditions for regeneration. Road improvements could also be made at the Gypsy Corner junction on the A40.
Social housing in West Ealing and South Acton will be subject to a major upgrade. The Council invited bids from the private sector for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Green Man Estate in March 2008 as the first part of its estates regeneration programme.
Councillor David Millican, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “Improving the quality of life for residents and reinvigorating the town centres is at the heart of the plans."
“These documents give a clear vision and planning framework for the development of our major town centres. The private sector will be able to see the exciting diverse range of opportunities available to them."
“The Council plan is to drive this regeneration forward and we are investing £15million this year in lasting improvements across our town centres."
Among the proposals for the areas are:
Ealing and West Ealing:
refurbishing Ealing Broadway shopping centre
around 22,000 square meters of new mixed retail space and around 78,274 square meters of new and replacement office space
new town squares in Central and West Ealing
new homes for rent and private ownership
major redevelopment of the Green Man Estate in West Ealing
- regenerate South Acton estate to provide a high quality environment and homes for residents
redevelopment of Acton Town Hall for retail, residential, community and leisure uses, including a swimming pool and council offices
improvements to the public realm in Acton High Street and Churchfield Road
support the retail sector on the High Street by encouraging a variety of quality shops and services
regeneration of the industrial estates around Southall Station for higher density mixed use developments close to the proposed Crossrail Station.
transport improvements around the station
public realm improvements in The Broadway, South Road and King Street.
support the role of the Southern Gateway to Park Royal with the provision of 3000 jobs and hundreds of new homes
improved public realm and amenities including cafes, leisure and open spaces for residents and businesses.
Access the full report at Ealing Council’s Website.