WECNF met with the London Borough of Ealing’s Assistant Director of Regeneration & Planning Policy and the Planning Policy Manager  on 27th January 2014. It was a productive meeting. Notes are below or you can download them by clicking here.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING – WEST EALING CENTRE 

Notes of a meeting on 27 January 2014 

Eric Leach (West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum)
Dave Randles (West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum)
Lucy Taylor (London Borough of Ealing)
Steve Barton (London Borough of Ealing)
Tony Burton (supporting role on behalf of LBE)

The meeting had been organised to provide an update on progress with neighbourhood planning in West Ealing Centre and to discuss support and next steps.

Update 

WECNF reported good progress in engaging c200 people in the development of the neighbourhood plan, including through a leaflet and the “Green Man” play. This had been supported through the frontrunner funds held by LBE. WECNF had also secured funding through Locality and was hoping to secure financial support to provide technical help through Awards for All.

WECNF has established sub-groups examining heritage, housing, transport and the High Street. It has been supportive of the proposals for the West Ealing BID and has business and retail interest on its Management Committee. Efforts have been made to reach out to all parts of the community although this has been challenging. A meeting has been held in the local mosque but developing strong links with the mosque and Hindu temple has been difficult.

WECNF is also dealing with a number of more immediate issues, such as the Holiday Inn development and Crossrail station.

It was agreed to engage WECNF in a meeting to discuss the emerging proposals for the West Ealing Crossrail station and in advance of LBE appointing architects to work on the scheme.

Information needs

WECNF has welcomed the information so far provided by LBE in response to its request. WECNF agreed to provide an updated list of the information which it was still keen to obtain

LBE reported an imminent meeting with the Land Registry which anticipates developing a borough-wide solution to determining land ownership. This would draw on a small proportion of the frontrunner funds and the intention was to provide direct access for WECNF and others interested in the information for non-commercial purposes. It was recognised that the Land Registry did not hold all the relevant information.

Referendum boundary 

There was discussion of the likely boundary for the neighbourhood planning referendum. It was recognised that this was dependent on both the content of the plan and the balance between its strategic impact and the cost and practicality of servicing the referendum.

LBE advised WECNF to assume a referendum based on the agreed neighbourhood area subject to minor adjustments to secure the best fit with electoral districts. This contains around 3,500 homes and 350 businesses. It was agreed it would be helpful for LBE to provide a provisional steer on the final referendum boundary at the public consultation stage of the plan.

Other support 

LBE agreed to make developers aware of WECNF in pre-application discussions.

It was agreed that it would be helpful to discuss interpretations of what might constitute the “strategic elements” of the development plan for West Ealing as the neighbourhood plan developed

It was agreed that it would be useful to discussion the quantum and distribution of community infrastructure levy which might be generated through development consistent with the neighbourhood plan at a later stage

Key issues 

  • There was a constructive discussion on some of the key issues emerging through the engagement process and how these could add value to discussions about the future of WECNF. These included:
  • The need for improved permeability across the area
  • Effective integration of the Sherwood Close and Green Man estates
  • Reconciling resident and local business/retail needs for parking
  • Securing an identifiable centre for West Ealing and improved public realm, such as a town square near Sainsbury’s
  • Improving Dean Gardens
  • Addressing law and order needs
  • A West Ealing Crossrail station that integrates and supports its surroundings

It was agreed that the simple expression of some of these proposals on a key diagram – such as that produced in earlier work by Tibbalds – could be a useful way to express some of the key themes and objectives of the emerging neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood Planning in London 

Eric outlined the ambitions for this event in his capacity as a Neighbourhood Planning Champion. It is intended to appeal primarily to communities and volunteers from across London with an interest in neighbourhood planning. It was also hoped to engage the GLA. Eric would welcome support from LBE and a welcome from Julian Bell.

ACTIONS 

LBE to organise meeting with WECNF to discuss West Ealing Crossrail station

WECNF to provide updated list of information requests

Meeting to be held bi-monthly, ideally focused around a specific issue