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Ealing Council approves development of East Acton snooker and pool hall site which could see loss of popular table sport club

Following its previous planning application being deferred in 2022, Kaz Hotels has now been granted permission to redevelop its site at East Acton Arcade into a hotel which may also see a snooker hall retained if an operator is able to agree to terms within nine months.

Under the new proposal which the council approved Wednesday (13 December 2023), the existing operator, London Snooker is being given the first right of refusal to continue running a snooker club on the site located at 93 Old Oak Common Lane.

The proposal said: “If the current snooker operator activates the first right of refusal, a snooker use would be created at -2 basement level. The size of the snooker hall would be 511.37sqm. The snooker hall would offer 14 playing tables. The snooker hall would be smaller than the existing snooker hall, resulting in a loss of 180sqm and 7 playing tables.”

If London Snooker is unable to proceed or another operator doesn’t come forward, the space will be lost for snooker and pool use.

Of the 13 Ealing Council councillors who voted, 11 voted for the development, while two voted against.

Among those who voted against was Ealing Liberal Democrat Councillor Jon Ball. He said on X (formerly known as Twitter): ” I voted against as I wanted to prevent rent becoming unviable for London Snooker.”

Ealing Central & Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq took part in the committee meeting and said: “This application was objected by me in August 2022 and with the developer trying to sneak it in with “no change” their words, I can’t support it today.”

Later on X (formerly known as Twitter), Dr Huq wrote: “Disappointing that a speculative build proposal with so many deficiencies that does nothing for locals with no affordable housing was rubber stamped tonight. It’s on border of @LBHF who opposed this stinker as did MP @hammersmithandy and but alas we do not decide these things.”

The site currently houses London Snooker which has 21 pool and snooker tables and is open from 10am to 2am 7 days a week, the site is also home to Al Manara Butchery, King Kebab and Eye Spy Opticians.

Since putting out to public consultation, over 131 people raised objections to the plans from Kaz Investments Ltd with Ealing Council.

In its new proposal, the developer said: “the proposal has two outcomes following the 6-month marketing exercise prior to commencement of development to identify any potential snooker operators who would seek to secure a lease agreement.”

It also revealed that none of the three current retailers would be offered space in the development.

It added: “Should a snooker operator not come forward to secure an agreement for lease, the flexible use floorspace would revert to the initially proposed hotel use/layout (resulting in 129 hotel bedrooms).”

 

planned east acton hotel
Computer generated image of East Acton hotel

According to Kaz Investments Ltd plans, first submitted by its agent Avison Young in January 2022, the planned hotel will be 5 storeys high and contain 129 rooms and on 3 August 2022, Kaz Investments, through its agent submitted a briefing note. It claims that more than £500,000 a year in revenue will be generated to local businesses through hotel residents eating, drinking and using services in the area once the hotel is up and running.

Kaz Investments also revealed that 45 new jobs would be created to operate the hotel.

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