This clears the way for Land Securities’ £100million Filmworks cinema scheme, that the council hope will be at the heart of a new Ealing cultural quarter.
The council has been told that the Secretary of State has now confirmed the compulsory purchase order (CPO).
The compulsory purchase order area includes the site of the former Empire Cinema which closed in 2008, a neighbouring office building, bar and other properties on the boundary of the site.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, (pictured top) said: “Bringing a cinema back to Ealing is the news that everyone has been waiting for. It is a fantastic opportunity that will see a large part of Ealing town centre revitalised with a vibrant cultural quarter, more jobs, new homes and more visitors.
“We were determined to breathe new life back into the site of the former cinema which has been derelict for far too long. Given Ealing Film Studios’ world famous reputation it is fitting that we build on the area’s proud film heritage by bringing a cinema back home.”
Land Securities Development Director Jonathan Levy, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s decision to confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order for the former Ealing cinema site and surrounding land, enabling Ealing Council to use its powers to acquire the land needed to deliver Ealing Filmworks and bring the long-awaited cinema back to Ealing.
“The decision is crucial in allowing us to deliver a comprehensive film quarter that connects Walpole Park with Bond Street and Ealing Broadway, creating a new public square, new shops, restaurants, homes and new jobs in Ealing town centre.”
The council hopes the scheme will also enable the creation of a more open, visitor-friendly town centre that links New Broadway, Bond Street and Walpole Park.
The 1,000-seat cinema, operated by Picturehouse Cinemas, will incorporate the most digitally advanced projection and sound systems to ensure the best film experience. It will also include a ground floor café-bar, a statement staircase and a bar on the first floor.
Now that the CPO has been confirmed, construction is expected to start late 2016 and could see the cinema opening in 2018.