A major regeneration of Copley Close estate in Hanwell which will see the creation of more than 750 homes, has been given the go ahead.
The Greater London Authority has approved the £58 million development which will see 205 new homes being built and 550 existing homes refurbished. Ealing Council has already given planning permission.
Ealing Council will set up its own company to act as developer and landlord, overseeing and financing the whole process. They hope to raise the standard of council rented homes as well as providing new homes for purchase and private rent.
As Inside Housing reports, this will allow the council to take more debt than it is allowed under the borrowing caps on its housing revenue account.
The mixed tenure development will see homes available as affordable housing for council tenants, private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent. New community, retail facilities and public spaces will also be created.
Over two thirds of existing buildings will be remodelled by a combination of new balconies and improved secure access. New community and retail facilities, play areas and public spaces will also be created. The regeneration will also seek to address issues including anti-social behaviour and some homes suffering from damp, subsidence and vibration from the nearby train line. Severe design weaknesses and layout problems have also been identified.
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for housing, employment and skills said: “Our vision is to transform Copley Close to create a mixed community of different tenure homes where people choose to live, in a safe and enjoyable environment that integrates well into its surroundings.
“By acting as the developer we are able to ensure that 65% of homes are affordable.”
Hunters architects are the lead designers.
The construction work has already started on site with phased completion expected through to 2019.