A MAJOR housing scheme for more than 140 homes has almost cleared the final fence before it gets the all-clear from Ealing Council.
Barratt Homes has asked permission to build at the site of the former Featherstone Primary School, in Featherstone Road, Southall.
The original application was approved by Ealing Council last year but has recently been resubmitted with 'minor material amendments'.
These include reducing the number of homes from 146 to 143 and a change in housing tenure from 143 private units to 82 private units. There will also be 30 shared-ownership flats and 31 social rented units. But there are fears the building work could contribute to over-development in an already crowded Southall.
Swarn Singh Kang, Ealing council-lor for Southall Green ward, said: "I think that that is too many homes for that part of Southall.
"It's unclear at the moment how many storeys it will be, but if there are too many then in a few years it could end up as a ghetto. There is already a lot of over-congestion in Southall."
Eve Turner, who leads Save Our Southall, a group which monitors housing development in the area, said: "We're not opposed to new homes, but it seems there's an inordinate amount of development going on in Southall and it could choke the place up.
"As an individual development, this particular proposal does not seem dis-proportionate to the area but we're still concerned about the amount of development going on right now."
A spokeswoman for the developer, Barratt Homes, said: "We have submitted a planning application for minor amendments which will be considered later in March.
"This will allow an increase in the number of family affordable units, the retention of the listed school building and provision of affordable housing on the Featherstone site."
She added that building work could start at the end of this month.
Last year, the mayor of London overturned a decision by Ealing Council to stop more than 2,000 homes being built at the site of the former Southall Gasworks.