CEPAC’s ambitions for a central Ealing arts facility received a major boost by being given a prominent place in the Plan, which strongly supports CEPAC’s aim that Ealing should have a multi-purpose performance and community space with modern facilities.
The report just published by the Council’s independent examiner recommends some minor alterations the Plan which will be reviewed by the Council in preparation for the it to be put to separate referendums of local people and businesses later this year.
Research commissioned by CEPAC in 2013 and 2015 showed that there was both demand and a business case for a performance and arts centre to complement the Borough’s existing limited facilities.
The Neighbourhood Plan not only back our view but also paves the way to release funding to develop it,
If the Neighbourhood Plan is 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. At least 15% must be spent on community 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.
The next step is for Ealing Council to decide on whether to accept the examiner's recommendations and to confirm the date of the referendums.