Access, Local Facilities & Environment

The site is located in a highly accessible location and as such the proposed scheme aims to minimise car use and promote sustainable transport trips. It is well served in terms of public transport. It is located close to a number of frequent bus services, as well as being within walking distance of local services such as shops, schools and healthcare.

In addition, it is within walking distance of two train stations, both giving access to Central London: Hanwell Station (950m) and Boston Manor (1.4km). Our analysis concludes that the proposed development will result in a significant reduction in vehicle trips to and from the site.

Access

There will be three access points:

  • One via Boston Road for pedestrians and cyclists only;
  • Two via the road beside Adelaide Cottages for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposal to consolidate vehicle access to the site via Adelaide Cottages will have a positive effect on local roads, as this will remove vehicles turning onto Boston Road at several different points.

Access from Boston Road will be limited to pedestrians and cyclists, and will be through the new Entrance Court, improving on the current public realm along Boston Road. There is also the potential to create a cycle route through to Brownell Place. However, as the adjacent development is gated the opportunities may be limited.

Car Parking

Car parking will be provided for residents at ground floor level within the site. No parking will be provided for the commercial units, given the proximity of the site to the town centre, and the provision of free short-stay parking along Boston Road to the north of the site.

There will be a total of 84 car parking spaces within the development, including 28 disabled access spaces. This will be sufficient for the needs of the development and is in line with the London Plan.

There are a number of Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) proposed in Hanwell, which will cover the area surrounding the Boston Road site. A2Dominion is in support of the implementation of the CPZs and residents of the proposed new development will not be entitled to parking permits for them. This will minimise the impact residents will have on parking in Hanwell.

Residents will have access to a car club. Car clubs can help to reduce car ownership levels.

Cycling and Walking

To promote a healthy lifestyle and to minimise short car journeys, pedestrian and cycle access to the site will be included in new development. These will link to the existing public rights of way facilitating access to Hanwell. To further facilitate this, circa 460 spaces will be provided for residents, and both staff and visitor cycle parking will be provided for the commercial aspects of the scheme, in line with London Plan policy standards.

Community Facilities and Infrastructure

As part of the new development, a significant financial contribution towards local community facilities and infrastructure would be made as part of a planning legal agreement.

Education and Health

There will be legal agreements which are likely to include a financial contribution towards local education and health services to fund any additional resources required to meet the increase in pupils and patients.

Socio-Economics

The socio-economic benefits of the proposed development include:

  • Provision of new high quality homes in Hanwell, with a variety of sizes and tenures.
  • New jobs:
    The development will result in between 69-88 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs. This represents an increase of 29-48 FTE jobs from the existing employment situation.

    The construction phase will also provide more job opportunities and A2Dominion is committed to maximising local recruitment and providing skills training locally.
  • Provision of high quality landscape and public realm which is safe and encourages people to meet for social interaction, and provision of playspace for children.

Bio-Diversity

  • Green/brown roofs
  • New trees and substantial planting
  • BREEAM Very Good rating

Energy

  • 35% Carbon reductions on site as per London Plan and London Borough of Ealing requirements
  • On-site electric/energy generation with photovoltaics (PVs), reducing CO2 emissions
  • Centralised CHP heating plant to supply hot water and heating, reducing C02 emissions

Water

  • Water saving devices
  • SUD (Sustainable Urban Drainage) strategy

Recycling

  • Waste separation and recycling
  • Construction waste diverted from landfill

 

Sustainability

The proposed development considers sustainability throughout its lifetime. The design would incorporate various sustainability measures including energy and water efficiency measures.

The development will be designed to achieve a BREEAM “Very Good” rating. In accordance with the London Plan and the Ealing’s energy and sustainability policy requirements, the energy strategy for the proposed scheme will be developed in accordance with the following energy hierarchy:

  1. BE LEAN: use less energy
  2. BE CLEAN: supply energy efficiently
  3. BE GREEN: use renewable energy

To meet the energy and sustainability policy requirements, it is proposed to significantly reduce the anticipated energy demand and the associated CO2 emissions by incorporating a range of passive design and energy efficiency measures throughout the site, including improved building fabric standards beyond the requirements of building regulations and energy efficient mechanical and electrical plant. Reducing the energy demand will not only help to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with the development but will also reduce energy bills of the residents.

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