The revised TA makes an assessment of the application on its own merits together with a comparison of effects against the consented scheme. This included additional surveys of am peak bus and train occupancies and research on tube passenger flows at East Acton underground station together with information on pedestrian routes to all five schools within walking distance of the site.
The bus surveys conclude that capacity exists on all services around the site. Discussions with London Buses have not raised any concerns about the impact of the revised development would have on the bus services of the area. The rail surveys conclude that capacity exists on the am peak train services from Acton Central. The TIA concludes that the existing residual capacity can accommodate additional trips due to the development.
Additional information was also requested on the routes to schools and the TIA has audited entire lengths of pedestrian routes to all five schools within walking distance of the site.
The developer has agreed to make further financial contributions for improving safe routes to school. This is in addition to existing financial contributions towards the CPZ, public transport in the vicinity of the site, and the provision of cycle routes, all of which are included in the Section 106 agreement.
The revisions to the scheme are not considered to give rise to any material objections in transport terms.
The Heads of Terms of the Legal agreement are set out above in the recommendation. As stated above, the developer has now offered a contribution of £5,000 to enable improvements to be made to routes to schools.
A number of aspects of the legal agreement related to phasing of the development. As a result, contributions have already been made towards highway works and cycle routes.
The proposed development constitutes “Schedule 2 Development” an “ Urban Development Project” as defined by Section 10(b) of the EIA Regs 1999, which is likely to have significant environmental effects which need to be considered by an Environmental Statement (ES).
An ES formed part of the previous planning application, incorporating the TIA, Urban Design Framework, Noise/Vibration and Air Quality Assessments, Ecology, Archaeology and Social and Community Impacts.
The format and content of the ES follows EIA Regs, related circular guidance and Good Practice Guidance issued by the DETR. The methodology and findings of the ES was broadly considered to be satisfactory. In particular the ES was considered to:-
adequately describe the development proposals and context in sufficient detail;
identify and consider the key environmental issues; namely Land use, Urban Planning and Townscape, Traffic and Transport, Air quality, Noise and Vibration, Ecology, Archaeology and Social impacts; and
sets out the mitigating measures.
The ES has been updated with the current application. No new issues of any significance are raised, and the proposal is considered to be acceptable in environmental terms,
In making your decision, you should be aware of and take into account any implications that may arise from the Human Rights Act 1998. Under the Act, it is unlawful for a public authority such as the London Borough of Ealing to act in a manner, which is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
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