Debating the impact of COVID-19 on Ealing

Ealing Council and its partners debated the potential impact of COVID-19 on the borough, the capital and the regeneration industry at two webinars in the week 1 to 5 June.

Delegates from Ealing Council, Catalyst Housing and Hill debated ‘Ealing’s Transforming Suburbs’ as part of the Real Estate Week.

Cllr Peter Mason, Cabinet member for housing, planning and transformation, chaired the discussion and was joined by Lucy Taylor, Director of economic growth and sustainability, Richard Smith, Managing director of new homes, Catalyst Housing and Jamie Hunter, Development director for Hill.

The panel recognised how over recent months, neighbourhoods in the suburbs have become even more important places in our society, as communities have shown resilience and support in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The panel highlighted the council’s response and work over the past several months and the impact of COVID-19 on various business sectors including micro-businesses, hospitality, manufacturing and higher education. The council made the point that partnership working was more critical than ever going forward and that there may now be opportunities for increased demand for commercial space in outer suburbs, such as Ealing.

As Ealing moves into recovery, the panel examined how in partnership we can create better places in our suburbs and deliver more affordable homes.The panel felt that the design of homes reflecting the fact that more people may now be home-working, green spaces and what happens to the spaces between buildings was also critical to new thinking.

You can watch the full webinar by clicking here.

In the same week, Ealing Council also held an open public meeting as part of its Ealing Local Development Plan process which is opening up the discussion on the future look of the borough’s built environment.The council were joined by Prof. Tony Travers of the London School of Economics who shared his insights on the potential impact of COVID-19 on the capital and suburbs such as Ealing.

Among the issues Prof. Travers discussed were the effects of COVID-19 on population growth, transport and retail and how local authorities could manage the new world of distancing and space, given the need to ration and use space more efficiently.He also suggested that there could be new opportunities, such as reviving local parades of shops and to spread tourism more widely across London – given that people will want to spend leisure time closer to home.

You can watch the full Ealing Local Development Plan meeting including Prof.Traver’s discussion by clicking here.

Join Ealing In London and partners at our next webinar at Sitematch on 8 July 2020 to hear about our new opportunities.