A controversial development in the centre of Ealing has been scrapped just days before the Secretary of State was due to investigate it.
Benson Elliot said on Friday (May 5) it had sold 10-40 The Broadway to developers British Land for £49million.
Ealing Council's planning committee previously approved the Arcadia phase two plans for 188 homes, 20 shops, a pedestrian route and a music venue.
The move sparked a backlash from residents and campaigners, including Save Ealing Centre (SEC), upset with the loss of Victorian buildings.
Secretary of State Sajid Javid was set to launch an inquiry on Monday (May 9), four days after the sale.
However, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) confirmed the enquiry was scrapped on Friday.
Will French, chairman of SEC, questioned why the sale had come so close to the inquiry.
He added: "One has to read into this what one will.
"We feel we are in a better position to put forward what we believe Ealing needs, and not to be pushed around by developers.
"Ealing has stood still so it is time that Ealing was given back to the people of Ealing."
Benson Elliot has declined to comment on the timing of the sale.
However, in a statement the developers said: "Having taken stewardship of the important Arcadia portfolio some four years ago, we've delivered a successful first phase of development and identified the opportunity on the Broadway site to create a vibrant mixed use scheme to the new Crossrail station.
"British Land has already demonstrated a strong commitment to Ealing's town centre and their thoughtful approach to high quality placemaking will serve the borough and its exciting future well."
British Land, who said the timing of the purchase was not related to the inquiry, said: "The site was previously subject to a residential-led planning application.
"This has now been withdrawn.
"We have a unique opportunity to manage a broad slice of the town centre to create an even more accessible and attractive place for local people and visitors.
"We would like some time to consider how our ownerships in Ealing can work most cohesively and will be reviewing the options whilst liaising with key stakeholders."
DCLG declined to comment.
Conservative Cllr Alex Stafford, who represents the Ealing Broadway ward, said: "This is a victory for residents, businesses, shoppers and all those
who care about Ealing's heritage.
"These plans were ill thought out, unnecessary and unwanted. It is great to see that they are being withdrawn."
A council spokesman said: "We welcome the purchase by British Land who already own the shopping centre so having the heart of the town centre under the management of one landowner enables the retail and town centre offer to be managed coherently."
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