Copley wins at LPA

Copley Close has been named a winner at this year’s London Planning Awards.

Over the next five years the work at Copley Close will see 205 new homes being built and a further 550 existing homes refurbished.

The new mixed tenure development will incorporate new housing for council tenants, flats and houses for private sale, shared ownership, market rent and affordable rent. New community, retail facilities and public spaces will also be created.

Ealing Council will act as developer and landlord rather than getting a housing association or private developer to take over the estate. The council is overseeing and financing the whole development process by setting up its own company that will develop the new homes for sale and private rent.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for housing, employment and skills said: “I’m delighted that Ealing Council’s approach to regenerating Copley Close has been recognised for its innovation and high quality design as well as its investment in local people and communities.”

The big winner at the Awards was the transformation of the 2012 Olympic Village into East Village, which won the Mayor of London’s Award for Planning Excellence.

The annual London Planning Awards are jointly run by the Mayor and London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and London Councils. They recognise projects, schemes and planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business or visit.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said: “When you look at the winners – take the restoration of Roehampton’s heritage sites for example – it shows even the toughest builds can be realised and areas brought back to life. In Roehampton’s case the restoration had to be sensitively done and comply with strict regulations, but still deliver high-end property that the market wanted. Our winners demonstrate what is possible when we work together to create great buildings, places and neighbourhoods.”

The West London winners:

CATEGORY 3: BEST CONCEPTUAL PROJECT Winner: Copley Close Regeneration in Ealing

CATEGORY 7: BEST HISTORIC BUILDING MANAGEMENT Winner: Restoring Roehampton’s Heritage Winner: The William Morris Gallery and Gardens


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