The Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decision to refuse 55 West, Manor Road, Ealing by the London Borough of Ealing and the GLA.

Southern Grove West Ealing Ltd and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) had appealed the decision to refuse their scheme of 144 flats with two flexible retail units on the ground floor, next to the new Crossrail station.

Southern Grove and MTVH had submitted revised proposals taking the development of 100 per cent affordable housing down from 26 storeys to 19. The affordable housing exceeds both the council’s and the GLA’s targets.

In summary the inspector stated: “The proposal would deliver one hundred and forty-four units of much-needed affordable housing in a tall building of exemplary design that would have no harmful impact on the character or appearance of the area, or the setting and thereby the significance of heritage assets.

“On that basis, it would optimise, rather than maximise, the use of the site. Moreover, it would provide reasonable living conditions for its occupiers, and have no detrimental impact on the living conditions of existing residents of the area.”

The scheme prompted 3,000 objections and a campaign against it by Stop The Towers (Ealing).

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