FAQs on Friary Park
Find the answers to key questions about the redevelopment of Friary Park.
Why redevelop Friary Park?
Many residents of Friary Park are unhappy with several important aspects of their homes. The main causes of residents’ dissatisfaction with their homes are poor design, size and layouts, poor energy efficiency, and the layout of the estate overall. These things cannot be dealt with by maintenance or refurbishment. Improvements to the local transport infrastructure offers us the opportunity to redevelop Friary Park to provide high-quality affordable homes by building additional homes for sale.
When was Friary Park developed?
Laing Homes originally built Friary Park for private sale in the late 80s. It was purchased by Catalyst (then Ealing Family Housing Association) in 1988
What are the development plans?
We will completely redevelop the estate and build a mixed tenure neighbourhood of new high quality homes. We will provide social rented housing and London affordable rented homes on the estate, as well as new market sale and shared ownership homes. Altogether we will provide up to 990 new homes, in buildings of between 3 and 24 storeys including shops and community spaces on the ground floor. The proposals also feature enhanced green space.
Our proposals will dramatically improve the housing conditions on the estate by providing high quality new homes. There will be an increased number of family-sized homes for social rent to meet the needs of the families currently living on the estate.
How have residents been involved so far?
We have undertaken extensive consultation since November 2014 with residents of Friary Park and the surrounding area.
This has included working closely with the Friary Park Residents’ Steering Group. The FRSG formed to represent the needs and preferences of residents living on the estate around the regeneration and we meet with them regularly.
We have also held workshops and exhibitions for all residents and local stakeholders, to get their input on our proposals. These have included sessions for older people, young people, mothers with young children and non-English speakers.
Although the initial planning application has been given resolution to grant planning permission, there will be lots more for the local community to help to shape. We will need to consult you further on specific aspects of the scheme, such as play space, sustainability and the community centre. There will also be further engagement on the detailed design of Phases 2 and 3.
What will the space standards be like in the new homes?
The new homes will be bigger than the current homes on Friary Park. All affordable homes will meet the London Housing Design Guide which sets out minimum sizes for rooms.
Will the increase in the number of homes mean less green space?
We are proposing to provide more open space than is currently on the estate. The proposals include semi-private green spaces for each set of buildings, as well as a green pedestrian-friendly street with play areas, and a new multi-use games area opposite the existing Friary Green. Friary Green does not count towards the quota of open space in the proposals, and will not be built on.
All new homes will have a private outdoor space (garden, balcony or terrace) and access to semi-private green spaces.
How high is the tallest part of the proposed development?
The buildings in the plans range from 3 to 24 storeys. The buildings backing onto Emanuel Avenue will be the lowest, with the height of buildings being stepped up and the tallest next to the railway and the station. The four tallest buildings are 24, 22 (two) and 18 storeys.
By building taller buildings we can ensure that we get the number of homes needed to house current residents, and fund the project by building homes for sale. It also allows us to deliver the number of homes needed while maximising the amount of green space on Friary Park.
The three tallest buildings are separated, and the middle one stepped back, to ensure that light can still get through to the buildings behind, and that the approach to the estate feels open and welcoming.
What happens to the people who live on Friary Park now?
All existing Catalyst customers on Friary Park have the option of being re-housed in the new development if they want to.
Most of these customers will be able to move straight into a brand new home on the redeveloped Friary Park. However, to allow homes to be demolished so that new ones can be built, some customers in the first phase will need to move elsewhere: either until a suitable new home is available in a later phase of the redevelopment, if they want to return to Friary Park; or permanently if they prefer.
Any tenants of Ealing Council who have a temporary tenancy on Friary Park will be rehoused by the Council. Anyone renting a home on Friary Park via a housing co-op will need to work with their co-op to find a new home.
What’s the timescale for the development?
There have been some delays to the programme due to COVID 19. We are working to keep as close as possible to the original start on site date of October 2020, but we believe it is more likely that we will start on site in early 2021
This is a big construction project, will you build it all out at once?
No. We will be regenerating the estate in three phases. We have planned it this way to maximise the number of current residents who can move straight from their current home into a new home.
What are you doing about the potential disruption caused by construction traffic?
Mount Anvil will be the building contractor working on behalf of the partnership, as part of the planning process Mount Anvil will submit (to Ealing Council) a detailed Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP), which will be tailored to the delivery of each phase and will include details of traffic movement plans. The plan will take into consideration minimisation of disruption to local residents as well as health and safety issues.
What will you do to minimise noise and vibrations during construction?
While demolition and construction can be inconvenient, we do everything we can to make sure residents and neighbours can live comfortably alongside the regeneration. These are examples of some of the things we will do to help with noise and vibration:
- All the machinery and demolition methods will be chosen to cause the least possible dust and vibration. Machinery and vehicles will be switched off when not in use.
- To help reduce noise, buildings being demolished will be fully enclosed with scaffold and sheeting. Acoustic screens will be also be used around any activities that could be especially noisy.
- Very noisy procedures will also be done in stages so that residents and neighbours can have a break between periods of noise.
- Special equipment will be used to reduce the vibration going into the surrounding area.
- All our contractors are required to sign up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme.