St George’s plans for a 700 homes development in Ealing could be scuppered after the London council announced an inquiry into whether footpaths crossing the site should be closed to the public.

The inquiry, which takes place at the ends of the month, could prove a major road block to the scheme as no redevelopment can take place until the paths have been closed.

The inquiry relates to five rights of way running through the site, which is located on the Ealing Broadway, the borough’s main shopping street.

St George, Berkeley Group’s London company, won the tender to redevelop the site in December 2005.

It is proposing building 698 homes on the 4.64-acre site as well as 87,000 sq ft of shops in twenty units, 10,300 sq ft of restaurant, 1,500 sq ft of office and 13,400 sq ft of healthcare and community facilities.

The inquiry will take place on 30 September.