TFL (Transport for London) have posted about their successful bid to get planning consent for their largest ever residential development plans. At just under 9 acres, the area runs parallel to the District and Piccadilly lines, between Chick Park and Acton Town, and will contain 850 new homes. Built on the site of existing TfL car parks, once completed, this project will have a fake railway viaduct, that will house shops, and what they are calling an elevated garden area.

Ealing Council approved the plan for redeveloping this half-mile-long, narrow stretch of land, which will see 50% of the properties as affordable housing. The buildings will range from 4 to 25 stories high, with the tallest being a stone’s throw away from the Chiswick Business Park. Included in the scheme is a service road, which will follow the line of the tracks, ensuring the areas between the buildings remain pedestrian zones; including accommodation for train crew for Piccadilly line drivers. Work is expected to begin in 2022.

“HOK” are the architects for this project and David Weatherhead (RIBA), the principal designer, is quoted as saying. “It’s an exciting new way of thinking about transforming the underutilized parcels of land that are so common around London’s transport infrastructure, into wonderful spaces that enrich people’s lives.”

TfL, apart from being in control of over 30 million journeys every day, also have large swathes of land throughout the capital, making them one of the largest landowners in London some 5,700 acres. Intent on constructing 10,000 homes, with a hefty 50% of those in the affordable housing sector, TfL states they have already started construction on just under 2,000 houses; have planning approved for another 6,000, and there are 1,500 waiting on approval for sites already submitted.

Site plans and photos can be found at

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-commercial/property-development