Ealing’s Labour-run Council is on course to fulfil a 2014 manifesto commitment to deliver 500 more council homes in Ealing by 2018, owing in part to a new commitment to unlock 21 under-used council-sites for development.
So far Ealing Labour have built 158 new council homes. It is projected that by the end of this term we will have built 525 council homes. On top of this Housing Associations have built 533 new, affordable, homes since 2014. Towards a target of 1,500 by 2018.
In a unique partnership with Hill, an award-winning UK housebuilder, Ealing Council will build more than 200 new homes. The deal represents one of the largest partnerships in the capital to better develop small-scale brownfield parcels of land.
The sites are located across Ealing and come in a range of sizes, including a number of council-owned garages that are currently underused or vacant. The land will be redeveloped to provide 87 affordable homes for rent, including a number of large family and wheelchair accessible properties, and 129 homes for private sale.
Labour Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell, said:
“When Ealing Labour promise to deliver, that is exactly what we do. Despite continuing efforts to prevent the creation and retention of publically built homes by the Tory government, we pledged to do our bit to tackle London’s housing crisis and build more homes for Ealing residents. I am very proud we are on course to hit our target of 500 new Council homes and 1,500 affordable homes in our Borough.”
Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, said:
“Ealing Labour are determined to do whatever we can to relieve residents of high rents and unaffordable house prices. This partnership with Hill, alongside our decision to open almost two dozen brownfield sites for development, are just two ways we are currently utilising innovative local initiatives; keeping us on target to deliver much needed homes to our residents.”
The council’s two larger sites at Ruislip Road, Greenford, and Trinity Way, East Acton, will be the first to be developed, creating 134 new homes. These will be followed by a further 19 small sites that will create an additional 82 new homes.
The London Land Commission estimates that up to 130,000 new homes could be created on underused public sector land across London, much of which belongs to local authorities.
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Photo caption: Left to right: Dave Baptiste, Ealing Council's head of housing development, Jamie Hunter, development director at Hill, Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council and Cllr Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council's cabinet member for housing.
• Ealing Council has set up Broadway Living, its wholly owned subsidiary company, to provide homes for rent, shared ownership and sale
• The council now has a programme to build approximately 100 council homes a year on council land
• In 2009, Ealing Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to bid for and be awarded funding from a new government programme to build new council homes
• The council has six top priorities: making the borough prosperous, healthier, safer, cleaner, fairer and accessible.