Ealing Council claim that a proposed community asset designation for Warren farm would have no affect on plans to lease the land to a football club.
The council has entered in to an agreement to lease Warren Farm to Queens Park Rangers (QPR) which includes a provision granting QPR a licence to build on the site. Broadly speaking this means the lease will be granted on completion of the building work.
Hanwell Community Forum however are continuing the fight to put a stop to the plans by applying to Ealing Council to nominate Warren Farm in its entirety to be listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011.
The move has gained much support and campaigners hope it might scupper the plans QPR have to develop a new training ground at the Southall site.
Carolyn Brown from Save Warren Farm said: “An asset can be listed if its principal use furthers the community’s social wellbeing and cultural, sporting or recreational, social interests. We strongly believe that Warren Farm qualifies under each and every one of these measures as an Asset of Community Value, and that it would be very difficult for the Council to argue otherwise.
“If the Council turns the nomination down, they have to give a full explanation as to why they do not believe that Warren Farm is an Asset of Community Value.”
Resident, Harinder Lawley said: “It is unbelievable that our council leaders have given away the land - a complete dereliction of duty in my view.
“Please support the proposal to make Warren Farm an Asset of Community Value and enable the many and diverse communities of Ealing and Londoners more widely to find ways to make creative use of the resource it offers and ensure ongoing access for sporting and other collective activities.”
Hanwell resident, Stephen Davies, said: “I fully support the proposal to designate Warren Farm as an Asset of Community Value. Considering that Warren Farm became run down as a result of decisions made at Ealing council that either smack of incompetence or worse, this is a great opportunity to put the past behind us and develop its full potential for the whole community at large rather than a few privileged footballers.
“Warren Farm and all of the public land surrounding it was never Ealing Council’s to give away. I know they would say that they are still the freeholders but a large fence, massive buildings and a 200 year lease is unprecedented and in my opinion criminal.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The Council has received an application nominating Warren Farm as an asset of community value and will be making a decision on this application shortly.
“However even if the site is listed, given that there is already a legally binding agreement in place between the Council (as landowner) and Queen’s Park Rangers, the lease to QPR would not be affected by any listing.”