Ealing Council says it is working to secure affordable homes for rent as part of the redevelopment of the Gurnell Leisure Centre site.
Plans to provide funding for affordable housing were discussed at a recent consultation meeting, and the council has now confirmed it is discussing adding funding to the project to allow more affordable homes to be added to the the new development of Gurnell Leisure Centre which will include a new swimming pool and leisure centre.
Gurnell Leisure Centre opened in 1981 and, says the council, now must be replaced to meet the needs of its users. The private housing element of the project is an important part of funding the transformation.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “We make it a priority to listen to the views and opinions of our residents and have consulted extensively on our ambitious plans for Gurnell. We are therefore looking at ways to ensure that the affordable housing needs of local people are met as part of this redevelopment.
“We are investing in a fantastic modern leisure centre in Ealing. This project will put Gurnell on the national map as a state-of-the-art facility as well as providing local people with an exciting modern new sports centre.”
Cllr Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for housing said: “Thanks to everyone who had their say on this exciting redevelopment project. As in all London boroughs the availability of affordable homes is a massive issue for people. I am proud that Ealing is one of the few London boroughs meeting its targets for affordable housing. We remain committed to building 7,000 affordable homes by 2026.”