Back in March we reported that that CEPAC’s ambitions for a central Ealing arts facility received a boost by being given a prominent place in a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Plan strongly supports CEPAC’s aim that Ealing should have a multi-purpose performance and community space with modern facilities.
Following a period of public consultation, the Plan the plan now has been finalised and submitted to Ealing Council.
The next stage of this process is for the Plan to be scrutinised by an independent examiner to assess it and make a recommendation (or not) to the Council for its adoption. If successful at examination, the plan will be subject to a public referendum likely to take place in the second half of 2017.
If approved in the referendum, from then on all large development projects in the Borough will incur a £100-per-square-metre Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of which at least 15% must be spent on local facilities of the type called for in the plan – notably the performance and arts centre.
Because of the amount of large-scale development likely in Ealing over the next few years, the CIL charges could generate a multi-million pound fund.