A residents' association has objected to a range of planning applications which they fear will blight Acton with overdevelopment.
The West Acton Residents Association (WARA) held a meeting on February 25 to discuss several planning proposals.
Proposals included: a six-storey 102-bedroom hotel and two residential blocks with parking at Gypsy Corner, the junction of Horn Lane and Western Avenue; an application for a two-storey freestanding McDonalds restaurant at the junction of Lemington Park and Western Avenue; demolition of Carphone Warehouse headquarters in Portal Way to make way for eight blocks of six to 32-storey high buildings for 764 homes; and four-storey flats and residential housing at three sites in Western Avenue (between Kathleen Avenue and Park View) to create 180 dwellings.
Sheela Selvajothy, chairman of WARA, said: “The skyline is already looking like Manhattan for us.
“The proposals for Carphone Warehouse headquarters will affect the whole of the area because of traffic and congestion. They want to knock it down and build a tower block for housing. This will be a loss of about 2,000 jobs.
“Can you imagine the population of this area and people with cars. As it is the A40 is full of noise and air pollution.
“We are not saying do not have social housing but be reasonable, do not have such high towers.”
Rupa Huq, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing Central and Acton, also attended WARA’s meeting. She said: “The strength of feeling and passion at the meeting was clear.
"West Acton residents do not want to be trampled over by corporate developers keen to ‘pile them high and flog them off’.”
Ealing Council received a planning application on January 6 on behalf of Crosstree Real Estate Management Ltd for the proposed plans at the current Carphone Warehouse site and consultation began on February 13, ending on March 6.
The report states the proposed scheme would help to meet the desperate need for new housing across London and would “enhance the public realm in an area that is currently deficient, particularly by introducing new open spaces and public routes through the site which do not currently exist as well as active uses including possible retail, café, leisure and community facilities”.
Carphone Warehouse were approached and a spokeswoman said they would not be able to comment. Crosstree were also contacted and did not comment in time.