"Local residents insist Ealing Council keeps skyscrapers OUT of Acton Central, W3"

Link to Friary Park Residents Association

To: Mr Martin Smith,
Chief Executive, Ealing Council:
"The residents of Acton protest at the proposal by Catalyst Housing to build a 20-storey block of flats on Friary Park estate, which lies in the suburban, residential area of Acton Central.

"The proposed high-rise tower is ill-matched and out-of-keeping with Acton's suburban area of semi-detached and Victorian houses.

"We call upon Mr Martin Smith, Chief Executive of Ealing Council to: STOP the proposal for these tower blocks of 20, 14, 10 and 8 storeys.

"... Catalyst tell residents that this ambitious and unpopular regeneration is the only way to finance the refurbishment of the 240 existing homes. This proposed 'urban' regeneration, three times the size of the existing estate, is unwanted, totally unnecessary, completely inappropriate and out of keeping with the suburban residential vicinity. We believe it is motivated by financial gain, due to the estate's proximity to the new Crossrail link, yards away."

Link to web site

"Housing association plans to bulldoze and rebuild estate"

"Major plans are underway to completely rebuild the Friary Park estate in Acton with proposals to include a new 'landmark' tower block which could be up to 29 storeys high.

"Catalyst Housing (formerly Ealing Family Housing Association) bought the estate - close to Acton Main Line station - in 1987 and want to demolish the current housing stock and replace with between 500 and 650 new homes.

"...  The top end of this range would make the main tower West London's tallest building if it was completed before the skyscraper planned at the Carphone Warehouse site in Park Royal. The building would loom over much of Acton including some of the area's most expensive streets. Those backing on to Emanuel Avenue will be the lowest, with the tallest next to the railway and station."

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