Ealing threatens Empire CPO

empire ealingLB Ealing has given Empire Cinemas until the end of May to start building work on their stalled Ealing Broadway scheme or face a Compulsory Purchase Order.

The scheme has a long history of false starts, and ran through a long planning wrangle over various aspects including the height. The scheme cleared planning last year, and the developer promised to begin building.

However, the site is still dormant, and now Ealing have told Empire they must begin work by the end of May or the council will start CPO proceedings.

Council Leader Julian Bell told the Ealing Gazette: “Justin Ribbons, Empire’s chief executive, has been in contact twice in the past two months and given yet more promises, which is positive because at one point he said he wasn’t going to speak to us anymore. He said work would start by spring. We’ve interpreted spring as the end of May, to be generous, so we’re waiting to see if anything happens.”

Given that the CPO process could take up to two years to run its course, this story will probably be with us for a while yet..

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