Ealing pioneering neighbourhood planning

Ealing Council has won a £40,000 neighbourhood planning frontrunner grant from to carry out neighbourhood planning initiatives in Ealing and West Ealing.

The work will shape future development and, says the council, help ensure both areas get the most out of regeneration opportunities like Crossrail. The council plans to meet with residents’ associations and business groups at a workshop next month to start the process of drawing up the neighbourhood plans.

The two locations are among 233 nationally to be given the go ahead by the government to begin neighbourhood planning initiatives. The requirement to produce neighbourhood development plans for towns will formally be introduced across the rest of the country as part of the Localism Act.

Executive director for regeneration and housing, Pat Hayes, said: “It’s important that residents and businesses are at the centre of plans for how their town centres develop and change. I’m pleased Ealing and West Ealing have been chosen for this work because there are lots of groups with a keen interest in how the town centre evolves.”

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