990 home regeneration joint venture gets green light

Catalyst and Mount Anvil’s 990 home scheme in Acton has received resolution to grant planning from Ealing Council’s planning committee.

The joint venture partners were given the go ahead at a meeting held last night (Wednesday 20 November).

The scheme is planned to deliver 45% genuinely affordable housing, including 237 social rent homes and 28 London Affordable rent homes.

Housing association Catalyst and developer Mount Anvil are drawing on their combined experience of building high-quality mixed-tenure homes to regenerate the estate.

The partnership has worked closely with Friary Park’s current residents to develop the proposals, ensuring they have been at the heart of decisions.

All existing Catalyst tenants on Friary Park estate have the option of being re-housed in the new development if they wish to.

A few minutes’ walk from the new Acton Central Crossrail station, the estate which currently comprises of 225 homes, will be regenerated to offer current residents living on the estate larger better quality new homes.

The plans will also see a significant increase in the amount of green space on the estate with residents having access to private balconies and terraces, podium gardens, play trails and a new and improved multi-use games area and community centre.

The regeneration of the estate will also create an attractive arrival into Friary Park from the new Crossrail station and surrounding area.

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst, said: ‘We’d like to thank our customers and everyone else that has been involved in the consultation for these exciting new proposals for Friary Park since 2014. We are eager and now ready to bring forward a new estate that the whole community can live in, play in, and enjoy for years to come.’

Marcus Bate, Investment Director at Mount Anvil, said: ‘Securing resolution to grant planning permission for Friary Park is a huge step forward for the partnership and residents on the estate. Together we’ll be creating an outstanding place where people can thrive – better homes for the residents, much needed new homes of all tenures for Ealing and new public green spaces and amenities for all to enjoy.’

Cecilia Aridegbe, resident and chair of the Residents Steering Group, said: ‘We are really happy with the councillors’ decision. Catalyst and Mount Anvil have ensured our views are heard and we feel they have really listened to us. The regeneration will deliver real benefits to the residents of Friary Park.’