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Visualisation of development planned on Horn Lane
Visualisation of development planned on Horn Lane. Picture: Bellaview Properties and Builder Depot


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December 14, 2022

A new planning application has been submitted to build 188 new flats above a warehouse in six towers up 15 storeys high on Horn Lane.

Standing next to Acton Main Line station is a builder’s merchant facility which could be knocked down and replaced with a tower block according to plans submitted by developers Bellaview Properties and Builder Depot.

The site is situated between the seven storey Acton
House to the north and the hand car wash site and three storey Fells Haugh apartment building to the south.

According to the plans submitted to Ealing Council, the new building, a new warehouse will be built on the ground floor level, with the flats built above in towers ranging from six to 15-storeys in height.

There will be 85 one-bedroom, 80 two-bedroom fand 20 three-bedroomed flats, with 64 of the units classed as affordable, according to the planning documents. The new flats will circle a communal courtyard, with outdoor gardens for resident use.

Below the residential garden will be the main warehouse space, which will be 6m in height. The industrial space will also include, staff accommodation, offices and meeting rooms along a mezzanine floor space.

Describing the new industrial space, the documents say, “The proposals present an opportunity for a flagship depot, leading the way in the new modern, sustainable approach to builder’s merchants and reducing the environmental impact on the surrounding area. They see this scheme as an opportunity to create a builder’s merchant which is technologically advanced, sustainable and efficient.”

The site to be developed is on the left of Horn Lane
The site to be developed is on the left of Horn Lane. Picture: Google Streetview

The application for the site on Horn Lane describes the Acton area as facing “significant changes” with the recent developments “informing” how the new homes should look, including the height of them. It continues, “Horn Lane has a vibrant and thriving mix of shops and services with residential accommodation above.

“New high-rise residential developments are emerging around North Acton train station to the north with the Park Royal Southern Gateway and to Friary Road directly to the east with the Friary Park Estate. These new developments are fundamentally changing the historic and predominantly low-rise character of the area.”

This new development proposed for Horn Lane is just a five-minute walk from the Friary Park development which was increased by Ealing Council’s planning committee in October. A total of 1,228 new flats will be built in a number of tower blocks, one of which was increased from 12 storeys to 17 storeys in the plans approved three months ago.

The scheme has divided Acton residents for years. In October, more than 900 people opposed the expansion of the towers with Cap the Towers campaigner and resident Sean Fletcher deemed the 24-storey tower block a “grotesque overdevelopment”, and expressed concern for the lack of outdoor public space compared to the number of homes being built.

Visualisation of Acton skyline if approved buildings are completed. Picture: Bellaview Properties and Builder Depot

Visualisation of the current Acton Skyline. Picture: Bellaview Properties and Builder Depot

But, other residents said they were “excited” for the new flats which will have larger balconies and public spaces. Cecilia Aridegbe, resident and chair of the Residents Steering Group said, “We are seeing progress and love how the building works are coming along and we are excited about our future homes.

“We love that the enhanced proposals include a community kitchen, which residents will use to run their charity, feeding the homeless, elderly and vulnerable people in the community.”

No decision has been made regarding the Horn Lane development. Full planning documents can be viewed on Ealing Council’s website using planning reference 225069FUL.

Megan Stanley – Local Democracy Reporter

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