Councillors Back Conservation Area Changes

Lib Dems 'broadly supportive' of proposals for Bedford Park and Acton Green

Cllr Gary Malcolm in Southfield Park

The Liberal Democrat councillors representing Southfield ward have said that they are broadly supportive of proposed changes to Bedford Park and Acton Green conservation areas.

They issued a statement saying, "After many years the Council finally acted in terms of reviewing the conservation areas (CA) and Southfield Liberal Democrat Councillors are glad that of the review. We have ourselves liaised with residents and other local bodies and agree with many of the proposals.

The changes that they are endorsing include:

· Extending the boundary of the CA to the western side of Fielding and Blandford Roads up to The Avenue.

· Acknowledging additional buildings including Bedford Park Mansions, Sydney House and the parade of shops on Bedford Corner, because of their design and historic nature.

· Providing stronger guidance (via what is called an ‘Article 4 Direction’) and advice on building design matters within the CA, including roofing, windows, doors, brickwork, extensions, outbuildings, fences and boundary treatments. These should help to ensure a greater consistency within the streets of Chiswick.

Although the Council did not agree with the proposal local Liberal Democrats believe and support the local Conservation Area Advisory Panel in their wish to see the CA extended to include the previously Council maintained flats on Esmond Road in order to aid a greater protection from future developments.

Southfield Liberal Democrats also want to see the triangle of land between Fairlawn Avenue, Fairlawn Grove and Ravenscroft Road added to the CA despite Ealing Council not supporting that as this should help to protect the area which has appeared less attractive over the past few years.

The councillors claim that . Ealing Council has removed its conservation officers over the past few years meaning that the impact of some developments had reduced the visual amenity of the area.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm said, “Southfield Liberal Democrats want to ensure that our buildings and land can be enhanced or protected. The deadline for the consultation is 18th March so I encourage residents to give their views.”

Map showing existing boundaries of Bedford Park Conservation Area
Map showing existing boundaries of Bedford Park Conservation Area

Local residents are being encouraged to give their views on the proposals by the Bedford Park Society, although you may choose to respond to selected questions only.

The questions where responses are invited, together with a brief rationale for each change, are set out in this document.

Responses should be sent to:


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February 27, 2022