It would appear that St George's development plans for Dickens Yard have got the green light after the decision by Ealing Council's planning committee last week.
Despite the controversy surrounding the plans, the committee has taken the view that it is essential that regeneration of the centre of Ealing gets going before it starts falling behind.
What is now absolutely vital is that we ensure that we get the right local infrastructure in place. With 700 new residential units coming on stream, the demands on health services, schools and public transport will be heavy and the community will find services seriously stretched if there is no proper provision.
Developments like this have to be sustainable. It is the responsibility of the council to address this concern in its negotiations with the developer and all the other service providers must also be ready to do what is necessary.
Otherwise there will be overcrowded classes in our schools, longer queues for GP appointments and hospital services and even less room on our buses, tubes and trains.
Big new developments bring big new demands on community services and they must be properly protected.
Conservative parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton