The Norman Foster designed Leaf, a distinctive skyscraper to stand in the centre of Ealing, has been put on hold following overwhelming criticism.
Whilst the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment concentrated their criticism on what they believed was poor public and the excess of north facing apartments, locals were more concerned about the 40 storeys of height.
Using every single claim in the book, even that the tower would disrupt tv signals despite the fact the digital switch-off would make this an irrelevant issue by the time the scheme was built, and that Ealing was incapable of supporting an additional 500 residents, locals mobilised against the proposals.
The final nail in the proverbial coffin however came from the office of the Mayor of London which targeted the scheme for some pronounced criticism including the lack of affordable housing, poor transport links and the design quality of the lower rise buildings.
Ironically the 143 metre tower was not heavily criticized by the Mayor or CABE despite it being the principal point of objections for locals who had little complaint about the poorer design quality of the lower-rise buildings, something that was made all the more obvious by the high quality of the tower itself compared to its shorter neighbours.
Faced with this, Glenkerrin called off a public meeting that was planned in the middle of February to review the proposals and see where they can go next.
What the developer does next is anyone's guess. They have established that the central planning bodies in London are not opposed to a tall building on the site, but at the same time they need to do better, particularly with the public realm and larger amounts of affordable housing.
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