A public consultation was held on the 18/01/18 and 20/01/18 unveiling the revision of the regeneration master plan for South Acton. Most of the points were made for meeting the substantial need for housing in the local area, thus an increase in housing density was devised as a solution (as in to produce more homes in the same amount of space). Surprisingly not just by increasing the height of the new builds, but also creating smaller blocks and consequently creating more public space in between builds.
An important issue of this part of the revision is the similarity of the existing highly dense and poorly planned Redbrick Estate, the puzzling maze-like residential walking spaces have created a haven for youth anti-social behaviour and gang-related activities. Quickly a representative explained their foreknowledge and priority of addressing the issue of anti-social grooming designs. They talked about using the main street lead design if I recall correctly, so it’s safe to say that the density of the blocks is carefully constructed in the knowledge of slum-like scenarios.
Another part of the revision was an elaboration of the bus route alternation through the estate rather than circumferencing its peripheries, as the Crossrail opens in a couple of years, there will be a lot of commuters accessing the local area. I questioned the high accessibility of a local area can at times not mount up as a positive experience for the residents. A Symptom of non-places is high levels of traffic from tourists. Tourists as in non-residents. Perhaps increasing the accessibility of South Acton will create a Lisbon-like sentimentality.
Finally, an increase in building heights have been speculated and correctly so, there are plans for a 20 story-tall building at the proposed highest build yet. Charles Hocking House is a 13 story high build with a width that supplies 100 units. The new Acton Gardens Estate will house an additional 2000 homes. A higher density that South Acton Estates is new to.