Transport for London gets the go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton
A new development by Bollo Lane in Acton has been given the go-ahead by Ealing Council, and will provide hundreds of new high-quality and affordable homes in the local area.
The masterplan, designed in collaboration with architects HOK and East and engineers Mott MacDonald, covers a 3.6 hectare site and spans from Acton Town station in the north to the level crossing towards Chiswick.
The development, TfL's largest to date, will provide 852 new homes spread over nine buildings and will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties, suited to all types of households, including first time buyers, families and downsizers.
The affordable homes will consist of a combination of homes available at a range of affordable rents, such as discounted market rent and London Affordable Rent, and shared ownership properties.
The proximity of the site to Acton Town, Chiswick Park and South Acton stations means new residents will have easy links to central London with the Piccadilly, District and London Overground lines.
This access to the rail network combined with a number of bus routes serving the area enables new residents to travel sustainably with ease.
The area around the new homes has been designed to deliver long-term positive change and sustainability for the local community. As well as looking to incorporate renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, the designs include multiple gardens and new play spaces that the local community as well as residents can enjoy.
The local community will benefit
The local community will also benefit from improvements to the area that will make it easier for them to travel sustainably too whether by bike or foot. The designs incorporate a new continuous, widened footpath alongside the west side of Bollo Lane, making it much easier and safer to walk along.
It will be made easier to cross the road too with new crossing points, which will include tactile paving and dropped kerbs to support those with accessibility needs. The designs also allow for the provision of a new cycle zone, alongside new cycle parking.
The vast site will also provide more than 2,300 sqm of commercial space, which could be used as maker-space by local businesses. Combined with the additional retail space that is included as part of the plans, the development will also contribute to and help stimulate the local economy.
The proposals form part of TfL's wider housing programme, which will provide more than 10,000 homes across the capital as well as a commitment to deliver 50% affordable housing on average across all sites brought to the market since May 2016.
Work has started on almost 1,500 homes. Including Bollo Lane, planning committee approval has now been secured for a further 6,650 homes and TfL is awaiting planning committee decisions on almost 1,250 that have already been submitted.
During 2021, TfL will be submitting applications for thousands more homes.
Jonathan Cornelius, Head of Property Development at TfL, said: 'It is fantastic news to get the go ahead for our plans at Bollo Lane in Acton Town.
'The proposals have been designed to reflect the area's heritage and context, such as the Grade II-listed station next to it, and will bring hundreds of much-needed homes to this part of London.
'The scheme has also been designed to benefit the local community with welcoming green spaces, improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities and new commercial opportunities for local businesses.
'Securing this latest green light at planning committee is an important milestone as it is the largest site on which we have secured planning ourselves. We will shortly be approaching the market for a partner as we strive to deliver these homes - including hundreds of new affordable homes - as fast as we can.'
For more information about TfL's commercial development programme, please visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-commercial/property-development
Notes to editors
- The planning application was a hybrid application
- The level of affordable housing is calculated by habitable room
- The proposals also continue to provide accommodation for TfL frontline staff, which is required to keep the transport network moving
- Alongside this planning submission, we have also recently published a Prior Information Notice to provide prospective developers with information on this and possible future development opportunities in Acton. The publication of the Prior Information Notice will help gauge market feedback on the developments and forms part of the process to help us find a joint venture property delivery partner. Any future proposals would need to accommodate London Transport Museum's requirements