Ealing approves Copley plans

Ealing Council has agreed a new vision for regeneration of the Copley Close estate in Hanwell.

This vision is a mixture of redevelopment and major investment in the existing homes and will, say the council, mean positive improvements in the quality of life for all residents. The council will now consult with residents on the vision.

Changes to the way council housing is funded has given Ealing Council the option to lead on the regeneration using its own resources to both fund refurbishment of the estate and to potentially act as a developer.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor, said: “I’m delighted with this positive decision, which is excellent news for residents. We are not only improving the standard of people’s homes, we are also building a new community and a place where people want to live.”

Copley Close is part owned by Network Rail, and built over a railway tunnel. Risks associated with demolishing and building over the tunnel mean that this part of the estate will be retained, refurbished and remodelled as a high quality mixed tenure development.

The remainder of the estate, on council owned land, will likely see the construction of new homes for affordable rent at varying levels, with the possibility of some shared ownership or discounted market sales.

The Council’s Cabinet also agreed to the development of a modernisation and remodelling programme for 14 “medium level intervention” estates across the borough. These estates, which are already at a reasonable standard internally, will benefit from external improvements that could include better lighting and CCTV, alterations to entrances, reconfiguring underground and underused parking and new play and storage facilities.

 

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