Transport for London is currently developing plans for housing nearby Bollo Lane, including an area of land on Gunnersbury Lane which is home to The London Transport Museum’s Acton depot.
If TfL’s plans go ahead, the overflow storage facility from the Covent Garden museum will need to be rebuilt and the huge collection of transport heritage re-homed.
TfL are in the process of finding a joint venture property developer and they have released a Prior Information Notice to do so, as well as to gather market feedback. Ealing Council has completed a pre-application process that agreed the area on Gunnersbury Lane is an acceptable residential density for around 850 new homes. Ealing Council also acknowledged the requirements for a replacement London Transport Museum storage facility.
The 2.6-hectare Gunnersbury Lane site could be worth £320 million according to the Prior Information Notice and it may be several years before construction starts as TfL must find a developer with the ability to develop both residential housing and a replacement storage facility.
“Following submission of a planning application to deliver around 850 new homes, with 50 per cent affordable housing, along Bollo Lane in Acton, we have recently published a Prior Information Notice to provide prospective developers with information on this and possible future development opportunities in Acton. Any future proposals would need to accommodate London Transport Museum’s requirements and we look forward to the Museum welcoming visitors back to the depot when it reopens later this summer.” – TfL spokesperson