Ealing Town Centre has been without a cinema since September 2008 when Empire Cinemas closed the Ealing Cinema (the Empire Site). Most of the building was demolished in February 2009 except the front elevation which has been supported with an unsightly steel structure. The owners have left the site derelict and failed to complete the development within a reasonable timescale. The council therefore resolved to put in place arrangements to acquire the site and adjacent sites through a compulsory purchase order. The council subsequently selected Land Securities (after a competitive selection process) to work with it to acquire the site and underwrite all necessary CPO costs with a view to them undertaking a scheme for redevelopment that will provide a cinema in Ealing Town centre.
The council has developed a planning policy for the comprehensive development of the cultural quarter to create a cinema-led leisure development with restaurants, bars, cafes and retail units and residential development. View the Ealing Cinema Site SPD.
The council made a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on 18 July 2014 to acquire the land required to develop the comprehensive scheme which met the objectives set out in planning policy.
An Inquiry to consider the remaining objections to the CPO ran over 10 days during the period of 14 April to 22 May 2015.
On 13 October 2015, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed the Ealing Cinema CPO.
The Inspector's report and associated documents, which includes the report, decision letter, endorsed map and order, are now available to view and download.