Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council said: “Following action by Ealing Council’s building control service on Wednesday and Thursday this week (15 and 16 March), work on the demolition of buildings on the Manor Road development site has been halted. This follows concerns over an unsafe wall that has caused the closure of West Ealing station.
“Planning permission for the development at this site was initially refused by Ealing Council, but this was overturned on appeal by a government planning inspector. Planning conditions require the submission of construction management plans, amongst other documents, prior to commencement of works on site. The council has not received any discharge of these conditions to date, so work should not have commenced. Work will not be permitted to recommence until those conditions have been adequately discharged.
“The contractor, Henry Construction, have now confirmed they are appointing a planning consultant following the concerns raised by the council’s building control service, to ensure that they are operating in accordance with the planning conditions.
“Network Rail confirmed late yesterday that works had begun to remove the wall, and that they are working to get the station reopened as soon as possible.”