An important step forward was made this week in delivering a much-needed cinema to Ealing.
Developer Land Securities signed an agreement on Tuesday (September 17) and submitted a planning application for the £100million ‘film quarter’, to be known as Ealing Filmworks.
The proposal would transform a two-acre site in central Ealing into a high-quality leisure destination complete with a new multi-screen cinema, cafés, bars, shops and restaurants along with up to 161 flats.
Land Securities has also heeded previous criticism of its original plans for the site. The proposed scheme will feature new pedestrianised routes between Walpole Park, the New Broadway and Bond Street as well as a performance area with amphitheatre-style seating and an outdoor screen. The initiative will create 350 new jobs. If it is approved by a Ealing Council planning committee, developers hope to open the cinema in late 2017 with the development itself complete by 2018.
Ealing has been without a cinema since 2008, when redevelopment work by the Empire group ground to a halt. The site is currently held by receivers, Allsops. Land Securities is in discussions with Allsops to negotiate a sale as quickly as possible which would remove the need for a Compulsory Purchase Order by the council.