Anger Over Care Home Plan for St Dunstan's Avenue Park

Opponents say plot is public open space and cannot be built on

The green space on St Dunstan's Avenue that would be built on
The green space on St Dunstan's Avenue that would be built on. Picture: Google Streetview


Deadline Looms To Comment on Bollo Bridge Road Scheme

Green Light for Redevelopment of Kwik Fit Site on the Vale

Acton Town Hotel Could Be Converted into Flats

Yet Another Tower Block Proposed for Bollo Lane

Seven Storey Building Planned on Bollo Bridge Road

55 Storey Skyscraper Approved for North Acton

Sign up for our Acton newsletter

Comment on this story on the

A plan has been submitted to Ealing Council to build a care home on an open space on St Dunstan’s Avenue.

Urbana Town Planning Limited has submitted an outline application for the erection of a 52-bedroom care home for the elderly, dementia and nursing patients on the southern most of the two triangular pieces of land on the road.

In return for permission it is offering to gift the other piece of land further up the road to the council.

Opponents of the scheme say that the application is based on a false premise and that the sites are designated as public open space and cannot be built on.

They originally belong to Goldsmiths’ Company but were sold to an offshore company called Golden Property Holdings Ltd which registered its title to both pieces of land in March last year. It is argued that this ownership is subject to overriding public rights of use of the land.

Local residents use the plots for recreational purposes and the council has been caring for the two greens as public open spaces with the Parks Department cutting the grass and tending to the trees. Public money has also been used to enhance the parks.

Gerald T Moran says, “Byelaw 7 of October 2000 prohibits erection of any building etc without consent of the Council. The Council would be in breach of trust if it purported to sanction the proposed development changing the use and nature of either of these public open spaces.

“The local plan (in its various parts and read with other documents such as on green space strategy) designates the triangles as public open spaces. These triangles operate as local parks giving valued benefits such as opportunities for recreation and so on as well as visually and environmentally.”

The applicant argues that although the land is designated as Public Open Space, they are privately owned and no formal agreement for the public to access them exists. It is proposing to gift ownership of what is described as Friars Gardens Community Green to the council along with a financial contribution of £100,000 for upgrading the park.

Friars Green Community Garden
Friars Green Community Garden. Picture: Google Streetview

It is also contended that there is a community benefit from the building of a care home which would cater to the elderly, dementia and nursing patients and be run by the Care Concern Group. The applicant says that the home could be up and running within two years of consent being given.

For more details of the proposal and to make a comment click here.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

February 24, 2022


Bookmark and Share