Planning is an issue which annoys a lot of people in Ealing and this includes a lot of inappropriate tall tower developments. Many of these newly built flats are being built in inappropriate locations, without sufficient local amenities, and remain empty due to the developers’ high sale prices. Our Ealing Liberal Democrat team is constantly hearing from residents who feel ignored by the Council.
On 19th January 2022, the Labour-run Ealing Council issued a statement which is not a change of policy but appears to open the door on possibly resisting some taller buildings. Liberal Democrats welcome this as far as it goes but is very vague. Ealing Liberal Group Leader Councillor Gary Malcolm said "there is no absolute prohibition of tall schemes outside of the specified sites even in conservation areas or close to listed buildings and other landmarks, so it doesn’t take Ealing Council very far".
No one is against development which provides more housing in Ealing per se, especially more affordable housing but it needs to be appropriate for the borough. The Liberal Democrats have launched a number of proposals which the Council should action to ensure that developments reflect what people in our area need. This includes providing proper affordable housing, stopping buildings that are too tall, providing a suitable range of accommodation types , and ensuring that new buildings have a zero carbon status.
Please sign our petition to change the direction of planning in Ealing.
We call upon Ealing Council to:
- Update the Ealing’s Local Plan ASAP so we have a default against tall buildings except in some key locations there are already tall towers. This will help retain the local character of many areas in Ealing.
- Councillors should not accept hospitality from developers.
- Residents to be consulted properly about planning matters and not in a tokenistic way.
- Refuse to work with developers who have unresolved cladding safety issues.
- Make new buildings net zero carbon by charging developers £300 per tonne if their proposed buildings are not carbon neutral.
- More retrofits to help move Ealing towards the zero-carbon status.
- Generate more truly affordable and social housing.
- Employ a neighbourhood conservation officer.