I attended the planning committee meeting at Ealing Town Hall and was disappointed that the committee voted in favour of the St George development.
It seemed that any pertinent questions regarding the quality of the development and the effects it could have on traffic-flow, local infrastructure and community were either brushed aside or glossed over.
One of the planning committee meeting members likened the proposed Dickens Yard development to the Art Deco block Haven Green Court.
I used to visit a friend on the top floor, and I don't remember climbing any more than five flights of stairs. Add another nine floors on top of Haven Green Court and you'll get a clearer picture of the scale of what's about to happen.
Add to that the proposed Glenkerrin development around Ealing Broadway station, which includes at least one block of over 20 storeys (on the scale of those tower blocks on the Brentford/Kew border) overshadowing us from the future.
Of course there is plenty of room for more housing in Ealing so long as substantial increases in population are supported by improved local facilities.
We may have good transport links but we are short of just about all other services.
Currently all we're getting is one of our desperately needed schools having its playground area reduced. And so long as we don't end up with ticky-tacky blocks of rail-side boxes standing on huge carbon footprints.
Is the commonplace, lacklustre St George development currently proposed for Dickens Yard really going to deliver the regeneration of Ealing and the kind of housing that will stand the test of time?