|Oaks Redevelopment is 'Missed Opportunity' Says MP|
Angie Bray writes to the Director of Planning
The Ealing Central and Acton MP, Angie Bray has written to the council's Director of Planning, Aileen Jones, about proposals to redevelop the Oaks shopping centre.
In her letter - published below - the MP expresses her concern and disappointment.
OAKS SHOPPING CENTRE PLANNING PROPOSAL
I was briefed today by John Bourne of Express Park Investments about their revised plans to redevelop the Oaks Shopping Centre and I would like to raise with you some of my concerns as a result.
My over-riding impression is that this is a missed opportunity for the centre of Acton. The plans seem to be very limited but at the same time will generate considerable concern from local residents.
In essence what they are proposing is little more than to build a new
supermarket with a revamped carpark and 149 new residential units,
some in an eleven storey tower which in itself raises questions about
suitability given its location adjoining the Churchfield Conservation
I was disapointed that, effectively, the only regeneration of the
shopping centre itself will be the new supermarket and that the rest
will remain largely untouched for some years to come except perhaps
for a new entrance and some tidying up inside. I appreciate that there
I do like plans to open up the St. Mary's burial ground to the public
with easier access but these proposals still remain vague and there is
great uncertainty about how this can be done. Will there still be a
wall, a fence or will the boundary between the shopping centre and the
I also have concerns about introducing more residential units into the
community without full preparation of local infrastructure to support
them such as school places, GPs etc. I appreciate that there is to be
a new primary school on the Priory Centre site but as I understand it,
My other worry is that the new residential buildings will not fit well
with the local architectural environment, especially the metal "screen" which is proposed for cladding the exterior walls. This
Overall my feeling is that there remain many legitimate questions
which residents need clarity on. Many feel disappointed that this
development is scarcely going to provide the community with a sense of
progress and regeneration which will work with its aspirations. I was
Angie Bray MP
May 31st 2012