Massive Development Planned at Ealing Common Depot

TfL says Ealing Council have agreed 800 flats could be built on the site

The Museum Depot site. Picture: Des Blenkinsopp


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Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that they have drawn up plans for a huge development on the Ealing Common Depot site.

It has published a notice asking developers to submit indications of interest in being a partner in both the scheme already submitted for planning permission on Bollo Lane and a similar sized scheme to the north of Acton Town station.

The latter project will be on TfL-owned land running adjacent to the District/Piccadilly line train tracks behind the Ark Acton Academy. It is currently occupied by operational tenants and is home to London Transport Museum (LTM) storage facility. The operational buildings will be vacated prior to disposal however a replacement storage facility for the LTM will be provided as part of the development proposals. The anticipated development value for the site is in the region of GBP 320 million.

TfL has already had preliminary discussions with Ealing Council and the Greater London Authority and density levels have been agreed which would allow the building of 800 flats. This strongly suggests that the development would include very tall buildings as the land available for development at the Ealing Common Depot site is slightly smaller than the Bollo Lane site where the tallest tower will be 25 storeys.

The two projects combined would mean 1,700 flats in the area as well as over 2 000 m2 of commercial employment space, around 500 m2 for shops. TfL said they would consider tendering both sites as a package with a single developer responsible for both. The nearby District line depot is not part of the development plans.

A TfL spokesperson said, “Following submission of a planning application to deliver around 850 new homes, with 50 per cent affordable housing, along Bollo Lane in Acton, we have recently published a Prior Information Notice to provide prospective developers with information on this and possible future development opportunities in Acton. Any future proposals would need to accommodate London Transport Museum’s requirements and we look forward to the Museum welcoming visitors back to the depot when it reopens later this summer.”

It is understood that TfL are accelerating the development of their landbank as a result of financial pressures following the drop in revenue during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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July 23, 2020


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