Plans registered for 215 car-free new homes in Southall

Proposals for a mixed-use development ranging from 6 to 22-stories containing 215 new flats have been lodged with the London Borough of Ealing by applicant Diamond Property London Ltd.

The developer has appointed Claridge Architects, to prepare plans for Southall Community Centre on Merrick Road.

The residential lead development proposes the demolition of the locally listed building, with community/commercial uses on the ground floor with 3 disabled parking spaces with a controlled parking zone due to be operated around the site.

Southall is served by the Elizabeth Line with the recently modernised station being within a 5-minute walk of the site and is served by 8 trains per hour towards Central London.

The proposal would provide 100 x 1 bed (46%), 81 x 2 beds (38%), and 34 x 3 beds (16%) with the percentages differing ever so slightly for income-restricted homes.

Ground floor and public realm, image credit turner creative

The Mayor’s Community Infrastructure Levy is applicable to the scheme and is calculated at the current rate of £60.36 per sqm (being the 2022 Mayoral CIL Rate) for all new floorspace over and above the existing.

The following Mayoral CIL contribution is therefore likely to be required: Proposed gross internal area (19071sqm) – existing gross internal area (2,108sqm) = 16,963sqm x £60.36 = £1,023,887 (being the Chargeable Amount).

Furthermore, the applicant is then able to claim social housing relief in respect of the affordable housing element (based on its proportion of the overall chargeable floor area).

The affordable housing element is 6,329sqm or 35% of the overall residential component. The social housing relief is, therefore: £1,023,887 (being the Chargeable Amount) x 0.35% = £358,360. Therefore the total CIL figure is, therefore, £1,023,887 – £358,360 = £665,527, subject to agreement with the Council’s CIL officer.