Residents believe new £600m development will cause problems for residents of Southall

By Joe Acklam

9th Jan 2023 | Local News

Residents have question the design of the £600m development of the old Maypole Margarine factory. Photo: Assael Architecture and Montreaux Developments.
Residents have question the design of the £600m development of the old Maypole Margarine factory. Photo: Assael Architecture and Montreaux Developments.

Residents believe that the new £600m development in Southall will negatively impact those that already live in the area and have requested changes be made to the plans. 

Almost four years after initially receiving permission to build on the site of the old Maypole Margarine factory, last week Assael Architecture and Montreaux Developments revealed their plans for the site. 

However, many residents of Merrick Road and the surrounding area have commented on the application and pointed out that due to the height of some of the buildings that it will block the light and views for them. 

One commenter said: "Can you please rotate those planned buildings at is it will really block the sunrise/sunset and it's not healthy facing another building that is so closed to the building where I live. It's gonna be dark/dim in-between that planned building and the building where I live.  

"Why not plan more open spaces for the community of this area(regeneration) as for sure after completion of those proposed new residential buildings this area will be overpopulated!  

"And also, please connect the new bridge in Merrick Road to the platform of the train station it would be a great help for the community too." 

Another resident of the same building said: "As part of Salmuelson house neighbor I amnot opposed to the new development per se; however, do not understand why the building's higher section is placed directly next to our building.  

"This will seriously affect our resident's views, privacy, as well as heat and light coming into our properties, as views and the sun would be substantially blocked.  

"We strongly advocate for the building to be rotated so that our enjoyment of our homes are not negatively affected in this way.  

"These new proposals are creating a lot of anxiety for our residents, and we intend on raising the issue with our local MP.  

"The impact on our residents do not appear to have been considered at all. There is another forthcoming development next to this building, so it seems that the development company are prioritising the views of their neighbouring building over the existing buildings and residents who have lived here for over a year.  

"This is not acceptable. The enjoyment of our homes should not be diminished by newer buildings." 

Along with fears about the impact on the light and views for properties, there was also concern about what this new development would mean for the parking situation in the area. 

One commenter said: "The overwhelming concerns with the proposed development are access, infrastructure, and parking. The roads in the Healum Avenue area are already overcrowded and undermaintained, making it difficult for emergency access as well as rubbish collection.  

"This concern is not only for after the development is built but construction traffic - where will this traffic be going, and the heavy vehicles required will further damage the roads that need repair already. 

"The addition of a 180-room hotel is concerning, with the location of the development in relation to the Elizabeth Line and Heathrow airport there are concerns that Southall will be filled with those travelling and using the area for long-term parking.  

"Parking is already a massive issue in the area and within Southall as a whole. The addition of the hotel could lead to even more cars being parked inappropriately and further blocking access to existing properties and business. 

There does not appear to be parking planned that will be sufficient for the residential, commercial, and hotel facilities.  

"The cover letter states that there will be 116 parking spaces for the first phase of the development, of which it seems only two are solely allocated to the hotel.  

"There is insufficient parking in the Healum Avenue/station area for existing developments and facilities already.  

"Although I understand the desire to reduce private car ownership in the area the public transport infrastructure within Southall and the surrounding area (particularly further away from central London) is not fit for the number of properties proposed.  

"An additional bus stop will not rectify these issues and will not eliminate the need for Private vehicles as transport infrastructure in the surrounding areas is not good enough for people to abandon private car ownership." 

If you want to read more of the residents' opinions on the development, then they can be accessed on Ealing Council's planning application website here. 


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