A community group is appealing for funding to help fights its corner against a new major development in Ealing.
In May earlier this year Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP, announced his decision to call in plans for Arcadia phase two
The council want to redevelop the site 9-42 The Broadway between McDonald's and Ealing Broadway train station.
If approved, the site will feature numerous buildings, with one up to 18 storeys high.
The development will contain around 20 new shops, 188 homes and a 5,000 sq ft music venue.
However, community group, Save Ealing Centre (SEC) say the scheme conflicts with numerous planning policies and intend to object the plans at a Public Inquiry in May next year alongside Historic England.
In 2009, the Secretary of State overturned previous approval by the council for the scheme, saying that the development would cause harm to two Conservation Areas and a Grade II listed Church.
SEC is a voluntary alliance between 25 community organisations across the borough of Ealing and say they represent the views of around 10,000 people in Ealing.
The group, however, have no public money available and are asking for help to raise £25,000 to pay for a barrister to fight their corner.
Janet Sacks, from SEC, said: "This inquiry matters not just for Ealing town centre, but for the whole of our borough and for any town centre across London where the pressure to build new housing is leading local councils to ignore "awkward’"policies such as those protecting heritage.
"By standing together as a community we want to send a message to Ealing Council to think again before they allow developers to destroy our town centre"
The SEC also accused the council of using a large amount of taxpayer's money on a Queen's Council to push through plans.
In response, a spokesman from Ealing Council said that this is an important site, and that work is essential to regenerate the centre of the town.
"Redevelopment is essential to delivering improvements that are required in Ealing town centre including improved accessibility from the new Crossrail station, improvements to the public realm outside the station, an improved retail offer which can be created by developing new quality retail units, and much needed housing," the spokesman said.
"All of which are revitalising the main shopping street in Ealing town centre and making it fit for the 21st century needs of shoppers, businesses and residents. "
“It is appropriate for the council to instruct a QC to represent the council on this matter given the strategic importance for the future of this area.”
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