John Lewis Partnerships to appeal planning over West Ealing BTR

John Lewis Partnership will appeal over its proposals for Build to Rent homes over the West London Waitrose building.

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John Lewis Partnerships to appeal planning over West Ealing BTR.

The John Lewis Partnership is to launch a planning appeal to reach a decision on its application to redevelop Waitrose West Ealing and build hundreds of much-needed new homes. 

The appeal is on the grounds of a ‘non-determination’, meaning the application, which was submitted nearly a year ago and is still being reviewed by Ealing Council, will now be considered by a planning inspector. 

We firmly believe in the broad-reaching benefits in creating vital new housing and a community space in West Ealing, while investing further into our retail estate. And we are confident that an appeal will grant permission and we will continue to work closely with the Council and local community to deliver on a range of social and charitable initiatives should the plans go ahead. 

The proposals, located just 350 metres from the West Ealing Crossrail station, comprise 428 homes including 83 affordable rented homes, which over the next decade will generate over £8m in council tax revenues and boost the local economy by an estimated £45m a year in extra spending. Shared areas for fitness, work and socialising, with the provision of more than 36,500 sq ft of green space, will help bring together residents with the surrounding community.

We have evolved our plans extensively through careful community engagement and been committed to refining our proposals against a backdrop of clear policy support for brownfield development, urban greening and regeneration close to transport links.

The plans address a critical national shortage of rental housing, which has become increasingly acute in London. Thousands of private landlords have exited the buy-to-let market, while the delivery of new homes has subsided. Many younger renters are having to move back with their parents.

We are also fully committed to delivering the maximum number of affordable homes as is commercially viable, targeting key local workers – an important part of our Build to Rent plans. 

All homes will have onsite 24/7 management by JLP, contain John Lewis furniture and meet the highest energy efficiency standards. Hot air from refrigerators piped up from a new, modernised Waitrose store will help heat water in the homes to cut bills even further.

The development’s scale follows policy set out in the mayor’s London Plan, which promotes “identifying sites suitable for higher density mixed-use residential intensification capitalising on the availability of services within walking and cycling distance and current and future public transport provision including, for example comprehensive redevelopment of low-density supermarket sites”.

“We have taken the decision to appeal for non-determination of our planning application to build new rental homes nearly one year on from first submitting it to Ealing Council. Our proposals will create hundreds of homes at a time when all political parties agree there’s a desperate need for more housing and local investment to spur economic growth, with a priority on brownfield land.  

“An appeal is not something we take lightly, however, we believe we have strong grounds to be successful given the opportunity to transform an under-used brownfield site close to the publicly-funded Crossrail station with new homes and investment that will benefit the wider community.”

Katherine Russell, Director, Build to Rent, JLP

John Lewis Partnership’s agrees a £500m multi-decade joint venture with global investment company abrdn to deliver around 1,000 new Build to Rent homes across three local communities – in Bromley and West Ealing in Greater London and Reading.

“We remain fully committed to our strategy of creating thousands of critically needed quality rental homes alongside John Lewis Partnership and look forward to the outcome of the ongoing due process in West Ealing.”

James Dunne, Head of Operational Real Estate, abrdn