Ealing Town Centre Business Conference

Ealing In London were proud to host the borough’s first town centre conference on 15 November, which was attended by partners, local businesses, stakeholders and representatives drawn from across the regeneration industry.

The event, was chaired by Pat Brown, Director of Central, and led by Tony Clements, Executive director of regeneration and housing and Lucy Taylor, Director of regeneration and planning, with an opening address from Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council. The conference was sponsored by British Land, owners of the Ealing Broadway shopping centre, and supported by CEG, property company, who have acquired the site at 52 to 58 Uxbridge Road.The new development could offer between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs.

In her opening address, Lucy Taylor commented that it was important to celebrate the achievements to date and how much Ealing town centre has already developed and improved. Now it is time to consider Ealing’s USP; how we best create a mixed-use town centre; that it was a timely point to consider planning policy and designating development sites and the importance of creating a town centre environment for all ages and income brackets.

Two panels were convened, the first of which considered how business and transport could make the most of the opportunities of the Elizabeth line and the second that looked at creating a balanced and sustainable night-time economy.

Lucy Taylor, said, “This event was incredibly constructive in getting together those who have a vested interest in Ealing town centre to consider how we make it a more attractive, cultural and economic destination, that works for all our residents, businesses and visitors.

“There is no disguising it, these are challenging times for the high street and business – which is why we are having these conversations now. Ealing is in a really strong position with the Elizabeth line but we have to maximise these opportunities and have a vision, through our local plan and licensing strategy, that we can all get behind and that allows for flexibility as we move forward.

“As a result of this morning, we will now continue our collaborative work with our stakeholders, partners and local businesses on how to improve Ealing Town Centre."

You can click here to view the full minutes of the event and a full article about the conference will be published in the 2019 edition of Ealing In London.