Ealing Council’s Cabinet has agreed to act to ensure the development of the Arcadia site, formerly owned by Glenkerrin, in Ealing Broadway.
The site, which includes the Arcadia shopping centre, was the subject of ambitious Foster + Partners designed plans to develop 577 homes and a significant amount of retail on the site and above Ealing Broadway station. These were approved in 2008, but developer Glenkerrin never broke ground, and then fell victim to the credit crunch and irish ecomnomic collapse. The site is now controlled by irish government body NAMA.
The council has now agreed a vision for the site and how it should be developed which they say will help guide any planning applications. It has also made assurances that it will not use the council-owned land that lies within the plot to block development.
The council has also signalled that, if necessary, it will seek a compulsory purchase order to help ensure the future owners develop the site in line with the council’s ambitions.
The Arcadia site occupies an important position in the centre of Ealing Broadway. It stretches from Springbridge Road in the west to The Broadway in the east, and from The Broadway in the south to Haven Green in the north.
Most of the site was owned by Glenkerrin. The council also owns a small ribbon of land on the site and there a few other properties owned by different landlords.
The council says the administrators working on behalf of NAMA, Grant Thornton, are seeking to sell their holdings quickly and are now considering the possibility of breaking it up into smaller parcels to achieve this.
The council would like to see the whole site purchased by one developer with a comprehensive plan that supports the council’s existing vision for regeneration of the town centre. It may now support a developer by using its powers to issue a compulsory purchase order on the properties not owned by Glenkerrin to ensure this.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “I want to see a thriving and rejuvenated Ealing Broadway that will be a booming local centre for retail and employment. I believe that one of the best ways to achieve this is to encourage the whole development of the Arcadia site so that it attracts well-known high street shops and complements the Dickens Yard development.
“We want the administrators to sell the site as one lot. They now know that the council is prepared to step in and use its powers to help secure the best outcome for local residents and businesses, which is a comprehensive development of this important site.”