Vision For Ealing 1.2
1.2 (a) At least 50% of the housing developed in the borough up to 2026 will be affordable housing, as defined in the London Plan, to achieve mixed communities with a range of housing types across the borough and to meet need.
1.2 (b) To apply a sequential approach to the location of new office development with the primary focus being at Ealing town centre, a secondary focus at Park Royal and with some provision at Greenford. Employment land will be categorised for short, medium or long-term protection.
1.2 (c) To maintain and increase the supply of retail floorspace across the borough to meet identified demand and to sustain the vitality and viability of the retail hierarchy, by encouraging up to 98,500 sqm (gross) floorspace of comparison retail floorspace and up to 29,900 sqm (gross) convenience retail floorspace over the plan period.
1.2 (d) To make provision of appropriate physical, social and green infrastructure in the right locations and at the right time to support the levels of housing and employment growth to be delivered in Ealing33, and maintenance of an Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Schedule, indicating the phasing and funding of infrastructure development.
1.2 (e) To support opportunities from Crossrail and High Speed 2 (HS2) working closely with Crossrail and HS2 planners to ensure the benefits to the borough are maximised. These benefits include improved accessibility, greater public transport capacity on the key east/west radial corridor in the borough, and a major potential contribution to the regeneration and economic development in town centres and other sites along routes.
1.2 (f) To ensure that future development achieves the highest standard of sustainable design and construction, including construction of the public realm, highways and other physical infrastructure. In this regard, the council will seek to reduce energy usage in buildings by requiring all development to demonstrate that it has minimised on-site carbon dioxide emissions by using less energy through maximising energy efficiency, supplying energy efficiently using low carbon heating and cooling systems and using on-site renewable energy generation. The council will work with partners to promote and develop decentralised energy (DE) networks with a particular focus on those parts of the borough with the greatest potential for such networks.
1.2 (g) To support the proactive conservation and enjoyment of Ealing’s heritage assets and their significance. In this regard the Council will continue to update and revise its evidence relating to the Borough’s designated and undesignated heritage assets. In particular, we will regularly review our Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans and review and update our Register of Local Heritage Assets to ensure that local assets are identified and their significance properly understood during the planning process. In addition to promote heritage led regeneration, ensure a balanced approach to climate change measures, encourage greater understanding and access to heritage assets and reduce the number of assets at risk. In addition to the identification and review of evidence relating to significant heritage assets, the primary method for the delivery of Ealing’s heritage strategy will be area specific planning documents such as SPDs/AAPs. The level of detail contained in these documents is best suited to achieving a heritage-driven urban design programme of place shaping. Development management policies will ensure that proper consideration will be given to heritage matters when determining planning applications, and applications for listed building consent and conservation area consent.
1.2 (h) To support higher densities in areas of good public transport accessibility. Whilst proper regard shall be made to relevant London Plan policies, the council will take into account primarily the quality of the design, the location of the site and the need to provide a suitable housing mix. Tall buildings are acceptable where they contribute positively to the urban environment and do not cause harm to existing heritage assets. The quality of the design solution proposed, especially in relation to its context, and the accessibility of its location are the overriding considerations in the assessment of any proposed development. Tall buildings may be suitable in specified sites within Acton, Ealing and Southall town centres, gateways to Park Royal and identified development sites only. Specific locations identified as suitable for tall buildings will be designated through the Development Sites DPD and also through SPDs/AAPs. In these documents additional work to refine suitable sites and formations with particular regard to heritage assets and their settings will be undertaken. Policies for the management of tall buildings will be developed in the Development Management DPD.
1.2 (i) To make provision to manage 455,000 tonnes of waste per annum41, or put arrangements in place to ensure that the pooled waste management requirements of Ealing, Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond are accommodated within the six boroughs by 2026. It will give priority to waste reduction, recycling and composting.
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1.2 (k) To promote and install a network of electric vehicle charging points across the borough.
1.2 (l) Whilst recognising the need to contribute towards the supply of land won aggregates in West London, the council will resist the extraction of mineral aggregates on sites where this would have an adverse impact on the local environment and amenity. The council will also seek to minimise the movement of aggregates by road, maximise the movement of aggregates via rail or the canal network and will encourage aggregates recycling at depot sites in Ealing – including at Horn Lane and Park Royal.
1.2 (m) To reduce the overall level of flood risk in the borough and beyond, through the layout and form of new development, and the appropriate application of sustainable drainage techniques. All new development, including the consideration of sites forming part of the Development Sites DPD, will be the subject of a sequential test, which will seek to direct new development to areas of least risk.
1.2 (n) To protect the existing Gypsy and Traveller site at Bashley Road, Park Royal, and to consider additional provision subject to local evidence of need.
1.2 (o) To acknowledge the need to monitor and review performance. Measures from the core and local indicators together with an updated Infrastructure Delivery Planning Schedule will be included in the Authorities’ Monitoring Report. In particular, given the difficulties of forecasting retail needs over a 15-year period, the council will commission a retail needs update within five years of the adoption of this strategy.