CAMPAIGNERS say revised plans to redevelop a tired Acton shopping centre are still not good enough and fear a golden opportunity to improve the area will be missed if they go-ahead.

The Acton Regeneration Company have changed proposals for the Oaks Shopping Centre in Acton High Street, dropping an unpopular 11-storey tower and replacing it with a nine-story residential block at the corner of Churchfield Road and St Mary's Burial Ground.

There are plans for a five-story block fronting Churchfield Road at the back of the site and two-storey homes facing Hoopers Mews, with the rest of the site 8-storeys high.

Neighbours are unimpressed with the latest redesign and are calling on people to comment on the application. Nancy Duin, of the Churchfield Community Association, said: “We don’t want a massive gated community plonked down in the middle of Acton.

“We want to have access between Churchfield Road and the High Street. They’re proposing a rather narrow path into the carpark and then down into their arcade which will be shut at night.”

David Buckingham, an architect who lives in nearby Shakespeare Road, came up with an alternative plan which would sink the planned car park underground and create room for a central plaza.

He said: "The current plans ignore (Ealing Council) planners’ own framework which says it must improve public movement between Churchfield Road and the High Street. It’s a golden opportunity to regenerate the area and we need to make sure we get it right as it will affect Acton for decades."

The £40 million development would create 142 new homes (a fifth of them affordable), a new supermarket in the basement and 227 parking spaces.

John Bourne, of the Acton Regeneration Company, said the development would bring ‘considerable access improvements’, a new ‘community facility’ providing space for local groups, 250 construction jobs and 70 new full-time jobs.

He said there would be financial contributions towards roads, education, health and parks in the area and added: “In all, the revised scheme responds to comments that have been received and successfully balances the needs of local residents, traders and shoppers.”

The consultation on the plans officially ends today but Ealing Council said comments from residents will be considered until shortly before the decision.

Councillors are expected to decide whether to approve the scheme in late September.

If it goes ahead construction will begin in Spring next year.