2,500 new affordable homes for Ealing

Ealing Council recently announced ambitious plans to create 2,500 more genuinely affordable new homes in the borough – the biggest council homebuilding programme in London.

Reflecting the ambition and scope of the programme, the Mayor of London has now awarded the council a grant of nearly £100 million towards construction of 1,138 homes, which will help achieve the building of nearly half of this total.These will be available on tenures like social rent, London Living Rent and London Affordable Rent, as well as other affordable options.

As well as ramping up the council’s own home building plans and considering ways to increase the percentage of genuinely affordable homes at each site, the council continues to partner with developers and housing associations to ensure regeneration projects include as many more affordable options as possible.

Tony Clements, executive director of regeneration and housing, said: “Many of our residents face a real struggle to afford to live in the areas they have grown up in. In response, we have committed to creating 2,500 new homes that are modern, high quality and well within the means of those on low and average incomes in our borough.

“At the moment, demand for these kind of homes in the borough far outstrips supply. There are currently almost 8,000 households on our housing register, but last year only around 500 council homes became available to rent to new tenants. Ealing also loses around 100 social rented homes each year through Right To Buy sales.

“This is a huge, very ambitious task in which we will use our own land for housing and invest more resources into housebuilding. By expanding our own programme of new council housing, we will be free to provide more homes that everyone can afford.We will also work closely with other developers and housing associations to create the new homes needed to build safe, vibrant communities.”