Planning Application For Friars Place Hostel Withdrawn

A decision will NOT be made this week


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The planning application for 53-55 Friars Place Lane, Acton, W3 7AQ (Ref. P/2011/ 1656) has been withdrawn for consideration at Wednesday's planning committee pending further information from the applicant.


This follows a huge turnout of concerned local residents on Saturday (3rd September) for the site visit by Ealing's planning committe.

site visit

Residents from the Goldsmiths' Estate have been fighting plans for what they describe as a totally 'unsuitable and unwelcome development' - which they claim would be in breach of Restrictive Covenants.

Lambeth-based developers DiversityInCare Limited, wishes to change the use of two private semi-detached dwellinghouses at Nos. 53 and 55 Friars Place Lane into an institutional hostel for women and children.


The temporary accommodation could house ex-offenders, people with mental health problems, sex workers and drug abusers.

Planning Councillors inspected the two subject properties and also went inside the immediately adjoining semi-detached dwellinghouse at No.51 Friars Place Lane.

Campaigners say the proposed development would be in breach of the Restrictive Covenants on the "Goldsmiths' Acton Estate" which limit the use of each dwellinghouse to that of a private residence only. 

The covenants imposed prohibit anything which may be or grow to be an "annoyance" to other residents on the Estate.

"The Goldsmiths' Company, the original vendors of hundreds of properties on the Estate, have indicated to  members of the local residents association that they are also opposed to the threatened breach of covenant.

Over 1,000 objections in letters and petitions have been sent to the Council.

The planning application (ref. P/2011/1656) had been recommended for full planning permission but the application has now been withdrawn pending further information.

Letters have been sent out but may not get to all residents before Wednesday so the Council want to clarify via that this planning application will NOT go ahead this week.

5th September 2011

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