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John Lewis will appeal to the council over proposals for 428 rented homes

The John Lewis Partnership will appeal to get a local council decision on proposals to build new rental homes.

The employee-owned company said it was appealing to Ealing Council on the grounds of “indeterminacy” after submitting plans for its development almost a year ago.

It is looking to build 428 homes above its Waitrose store in West Ealing as part of the retail group’s expansion into the property in an effort to diversify its operations.

The appeal is now to be assessed by a planning inspector.

The proposed homes are close to West Ealing Crossrail station and include 83 affordable rental homes.

However, the firm has come under fire from a group of Ealing residents – called Stop the Towers – who have called on the council to reject the plans.

JLP aims to start work on the site next year and hopes to complete it by 2029.

Katherine Russell, construction director for rent at JLP, said: “We have taken the decision to appeal the non-determination of our planning application to build new rental homes almost a year after it was first submitted to Ealing Council.

“Our proposals will create hundreds of homes at a time when all political parties agree that more housing and local investment is desperately needed to boost economic growth, with a priority on brownfield land.

“An appeal is not something we take lightly, however we believe we have strong grounds to be successful given the opportunity to transform an under-used brownfield site close to the publicly funded Crossrail station into new homes and investments that will benefit the wider population. community.”

The development plans were linked to a £500m investment deal with Abrdn to build around 1,000 residential rental homes, which also includes a development in Bromley.

James Dunne, head of operational property at Abrdn, said: “We remain fully committed to our strategy to create thousands of critically needed quality rental homes alongside the John Lewis Partnership and look forward to the outcome of the ongoing legal process in West Ealing’.

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