Ealing Council Planning Committee has approved the Soap Works mixed-use development on Greenock Road South Acton.

The proposal is for constructing a stepped building up to 18 storeys, comprising flexible industrial space, a café and 124 residential units.

The proposed development involves the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of a mixed-use development.

The scheme will comprise the following:

 • 2,159sqm of industrial space over ground, first and part-second floors. This is an uplift from the existing floor space of 1,750sqm.

• Off-street servicing and delivery areas for the proposed industrial space. • 124 residential homes in a variety of different sizes.

 • Double-height space for a café or similar at the Greenock Road frontage of the site.

 • A building up to 18 storeys, with two separate shoulders that are 12 storeys in height to its north-eastern side and 15 storeys to its south-western side.

• Communal amenity space at the ground, third, twelfth and fifteenth-floor levels and children’s play space at the third-floor level.

 • Ancillary refuse and cycle storage areas.

The development within the recently approved South Acton Industrial Masterplan is close to the railway line and approximately 50 metres from low-level residential housing. The scheme received over 240 objections, mainly relating to height and density.

Substantial road upgrades are required for this development.

It was noted that the proposed height, 18 storeys, exceeds the direction in the master plan, which is 15 storeys. One councillor commented that;” they may just Manhattanize the whole area.”

 The developers are De Vere Partners, and the architects are HTA.  



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