The joint venture between Countryside Properties and London & Quadrant Housing has received planning permission for the next phase of the residential redevelopment of the Acton Gardens estate made famous by Only Fools and Horses.
Acton Gardens, formerly the South Acton Estate, has been undergoing redevelopment since 2012 and this latest phase is set to deliver 1,950 new homes.
Councillors from the the London Borough of Ealing Council’s planning committee have approved the hybrid outline application, which also included a detailed application for the next 200 homes which will be constructed during 2019. The application was prepared and submitted by planning consultancy, Barton Willmore, on behalf of the Acton Gardens JV.
It will deliver complete like-for-like re-provision of all social rent homes, with a substantial uplift in the provision of additional shared ownership units. Alongside the residential element, the Acton Gardens scheme will incorporate retail, commercial, community and healthcare floorspace, new parks and landscaping.
The estate was originally built in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Nelson Mandela House tower block that was home to Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert in the long-running BBC sitcom. The now renamed Harlech Tower is among the blocks due to be demolished by 2024 to allow for new housing.
Mark Ludlow of Acton Gardens said: “We genuinely welcome Ealing Council’s decision which enables us to create more affordable and private homes at Acton Gardens, without comprising on quality, design and public amenities. London’s housing needs have changed considerably since the original masterplan was conceived, so this revised masterplan will deliver a scheme that more closely matches the community’s needs and desires.
“The complex and lengthy application process has been skilfully managed by Barton Willmore with the desired result that new homes can be delivered for those looking to live in this thriving location.”