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28 February 2012
Acton Gardens LLP, a joint venture partnership between Countryside Properties and L&Q, has submitted an application for outline planning permission for the whole of the regeneration of Ealing’s largest housing estate, South Acton. Working together with Ealing Council and local residents, Acton Gardens provides around 2,500 homes (including those already with detailed permission) on the prominent site, of which half will be affordable.
The masterplan application comes as site work continues for the initial phase of the redevelopment that achieved detailed planning permission for 167 homes in early 2011. The first homes will be completed in late 2012. At the same time as the outline application, a detailed application for the second phase has also been submitted.
The overall vision is to reconnect the South Acton estate to the wider neighbourhood through the creation of ‘Acton Gardens’, an urban village with traditional tree-lined streets that connects the residential areas to the high street. The masterplan will create a pedestrian-friendly environment with a sense of place, and safety and security for its residents. There will be distinct character areas to enable the former estate to become a collection of local neighbourhoods.
Acton Gardens will be a ‘green’ neighbourhood with a plaza, upgraded parks, communal gardens with mature trees, allotments and private spaces. A community hub, culture, office and retail spaces will also be provided. The new neighbourhood will have improved links to the existing adjoining underground and overground stations.
Over a quarter of the homes will be three bedroom or larger focusing on the need for family housing. There will be a wide range of homes across all tenures ranging from one to four bedroom apartments and maisonettes, through to four bedroom houses. The new homes will be environmentally sustainable achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and giving the best views possible over green open space.
Countryside Properties and L&Q are working with a highly experienced project team including HTA Architects as masterplanners and architects for phase 1; Alison Brooks Architects as architects for phase 2, AECOM as energy consultants and Terence O’Rourke as planning consultants.
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South Acton estate – Many of the original blocks of flats in South Acton date back to the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. They were not designed to modern standards and do not meet the needs of today's residents. Countryside Properties and L&Q have formed a 50/50 joint venture partnership, Acton Gardens LLP, to develop Acton Gardens. Acton Gardens LLP was selected as preferred developer to regenerate the estate in 2010.
L&Q’s mission is to create places where people want to live. We are currently one of the UK’s foremost developers of new homes, and a leading housing association with over 48 years’ experience.
L&Q builds new homes to meet a range of needs, and our vision is to offer people the choice, flexibility and high quality they want from the housing marketplace. We manage a portfolio of 67,000 homes across London and the South East, are involved in large scale community regeneration projects, and provide a range of neighbourhood services. As a not-for-profit business every penny of our surplus is reinvested into meeting our mission. http://www.lqgroup.org.uk/
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Information correct as at 28/02/2012