Ealing moves affordable plans forward

hoylakeroad2Plans to build over one hundred new affordable homes in Ealing have moved a step forward following a decision by Ealing Council’s cabinet.

The new homes will be built on council owned sites in Northolt, Greenford and Perivale, and will include homes for affordable rent and low cost home ownership.

The Council says the decision reflects their “ever increasing and more proactive role in the local housing market”. The council is also building new homes for market rent and sale, which it is using to cross-subsidise the provision of more affordable housing throughout the borough.

Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, employment and skills said: “We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to help alleviate the housing shortage. Our innovative approach is increasing the availability of affordable housing in Ealing and delivering the homes we know are so desperately needed.”

The redevelopment of the High Lane estate in Hanwell also moved a step closer after cabinet agreement on several proposals. These include creating a new resident selection group to help decide on a development partner to deliver the new scheme.

Plans are for some 302 new homes to replace the existing estate, with the same amount of affordable housing as exists now, along with homes to replace those bought under the right-to-buy and further homes for market sale and rent. Work is likely to start on site in 2017.

Councillor Anand, added: “Our new-build and regeneration projects are not just about bricks and mortar. We’re creating desirable places to live, with vibrant, mixed communities that are better connected to surrounding areas and contributing to an improved quality of life across the borough.”

A further eight of Ealing’s estates have been recommended for investigation with a view to delivering significant social and community improvements. Whilst no firm decisions have yet been made, the possibility of building additional new homes by making better use of available land will be considered on some sites. Full resident consultation will take place before any changes are agreed.

 

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