Outline application proposes around 50 new buildings and at least 3,000 new homes

Berkeley has submitted revised plans to build five further phases of its huge Green Quarter development in Ealing.

The firm has lodged an outline application to the council for a 22 ha former gasworks site in Southall with visuals suggesting an ambition to build at least 3,000 new homes in around 50 buildings.

Masterplanner JTP Architects has drawn up the vision for the site with HTA Design working as landscape architect.

It would constitute phases four to nine of the Green Quarter on a plot which is more than double the size of the scheme’s first three phases, which have all been consented.

The 623-home first phase was approved in 2016 and is now completed and occupied, the 1,270-home second phase was approved last year and is set to start on site in 2024 and the 645-home third phase is currently under construction and due to complete by the end of 2025.

Berkeley is proposing a maximum of 582,000 sq m of residential space for the remainder of the gasworks site, constituting the next five phases, with exact numbers of homes to be defined in later reserved matters applications.

Building heights would start at one to three storeys on the Beaconsfield Road side of the site, bordering existing low-rise post-war housing, and step up to around 10 storeys towards the ‘Central Garden’ park proposed for the middle of the site.

The plans include three new commercial hubs with a total of 8,000 sq m of flexible office, leisure, light industrial and retail space, along with a 3,450 sq m primary school, a sports hall and a food and drink district along the site’s 1km boundary with the Grand Union Canal.

The wider scheme has a long development history, with a hybrid application for a maximum of 3,750 homes, or 320,000 sq m of residential space, first submitted in 2008 by National Grid Property Limited with a masterplan designed by Make Architects.

This was approved in 2010 and the site was subsequently acquired by Berkeley, resulting in a general review of the development and the submission of revisions to the consent in 2015 to maximise opportunities arising from the opening of Southall’s Elizabeth Line station.