The submission has been made despite challenges over who owns the Victoria Hall, a significant element in the development plan.
Last year, local group Ealing Voice discovered that the Hall and related area are held in a charitable trust. The council is now seeking approval from the Charity Commission to change the conditions of the Trust and allow them to dispose of it to Mastcraft.
The same day, Tony Miller, Secretary of CEPAC, asked the Council’s General Purposes Committee, which acts as Trustee, to set up a small group to discuss with all interested parties the best way to fulfil the intentions of the original donors of the property which it now holds in Trust.
“Unfortunately, the Committee rejected this request,” said Tony. “Remarkably, it had not even been informed of the planning application,” he added. “It has not considered any of the plans, which involve demolishing a significant part of the Victoria Hall. Nor has it had any indication of what compensation the Trust would get for surrendering control of its principal asset. Yet it agreed to the plan to sell the Hall without waiting for Charity Commission decision.”