About WECNF

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West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum

The West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum (WECNF) is a group of West Ealing centre residents, businesses and local stakeholders who are creating a plan for how they wish the centre of West Ealing to be developed. The plan will be called the West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

The initial sponsors of this initiative were Save Ealing Centre (SEC), West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) and West Ealing Traders Association. The enabling legislation for Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Plans is contained in the 2011 Localism Act along with guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Plan must be in general conformance with the Ealing 2026 LDF Core Strategy, The London Plan and the NPPF.

A successful application to National Government for so called Frontrunner status to create this Neighbourhood Forum and the Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum was announced in March 2012. Together these two forums envelop the geography of the Ealing Metropolitan Town Centre as specified in The London Plan. The WECNF itself and its Neighbourhood Area were designated by Government in March 2013. It is one of a small number of Business Neighbourhood Forums in England.

The eastern extremity of the WECNF Neighbourhood Area is delineated by the boundary between postal districts W13 and W5 ie Culmington Road and St Leonard’s Road. The northern boundary is the mainline railway line, although it would seem sensible to include the site of the new Crossrail West Ealing Station in Manor Road. Ealing Council seems keen to also include the Dean Gardens/Sherwood Close Estate, which is scheduled for demolition and replacement with a denser, mixed tenure development. There are over 350 businesses and around 3,500 homes in the area.

The first meeting of the Interim WECNF was held on 21 May 2012. The first formal meeting of the designated WECNF was on 18 June 2013 at which its first Management Committee was appointed. During 2013 and 2104 we built up our evidence base and carried out a range of community engagements. We draft our first draft policies in early 2015. In June 2015 we hired RCOH Ltd to assist us in refining these policies and providing professional help through the formal and informal consultation processes, external examination leading up to business and residential referendums in 2016.

As of 19 June 2015 there were 311 members of WECNF.

19 June 2015