Acton Gardens Phases 8.1 & 8.2 gain planning approval
Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations, have secured unanimous planning approval from Ealing Council for Phase 8.1 and 8.2 of Acton Gardens, marking the next chapter in the regeneration of the former South Acton estate in west London.
Designed by architects Stitch, this major phase will provide 336 mixed-tenure homes, comprising one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, houses and maisonettes providing social rent, shared ownership and private sale homes.
Phases 8.1 & 8.2 have been designed to enhance connections across the development, linking the Acton Gardens Community Centre at the heart of the neighbourhood with the newly completed Phase 7.1 to the north. The start of the new north-south road will be created, linking Strafford Road with Avenue Park Road, a key principle of the Acton Gardens masterplan to increase connectivity across the estate. The design has prioritised the pedestrian experience, focusing on landscaping and a pedestrian-friendly street layout.
The newly approved phases also embrace the values of the Acton Gardens masterplan by celebrating the leafy character of the neighbourhood and presenting a distinctive yet elegant backdrop for the public spaces of both Avenue Park and Central Plaza.
Acton Gardens is a 52-acre comprehensive redevelopment of the former South Acton estate – a £800 million investment creating 3,463 new mixed-tenure homes. The development delivers 50% affordable housing and more social rent homes than existed on the estate before the project commenced. The rehousing of residents from the existing South Acton estate is a key priority. At the start of the project only 20% wanted to move into the new scheme; this has increased to 94% in the latest phases.
Daniel King, Managing Director, Partnerships West London and Thames Valley, Countryside, said: “We’re pleased to see the successful planning consent for Phases 8.1 and 8.2 at Acton Gardens. This is a key part of the Acton Gardens Masterplan which enables additional social infrastructure and connectivity throughout the development. We are eager to commence works and look forward to continuously working with the local community and our partners, Ealing Council and L&Q, to provide an additional 336 high-quality new homes across both phases.”
Darren Parker, Director of Project Management and Development at L&Q said: “Working with Countryside, our aim from the start of this project has been to work with the community to create an inclusive neighbourhood where people can afford to live. We’re proud that this phase will provide a mix of social rent, shared ownership, and private sale homes, for new and existing residents, alongside a new road, walking routes and landscaping improvements for people to use and enjoy.”