Housing Associations and Ealing In London's round table

Shortly before the announcement that Ealing Council had been awarded £100m GLA funding for its flagship affordable homes programme, Ealing In London sat down with directors from Ealing’s housing regeneration directorate and 15 housing associations, to discuss Ealing’s strategy for delivering a minimum of 2,500 genuinely affordable homes by 2022.

Whilst GLA funding will help the council to deliver at least 1,138 homes – a significant proportion of it its affordable build programme - housing associations will continue to play a crucial role in helping the council reach its ambitious targets.

Tony Clements, Ealing’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing, opened the conversation by outlining the council’s plans for delivery, before inviting housing association partners to share their experiences of partnership working whilst helping to deliver similarly ambitious development programmes across London.

The lively and wide-ranging discussions touched upon several issues as providers shared what they’d learnt about challenges around densification and tenure-mixes, to overcoming issues around viability and gaps in funding.

Attendees agreed the government’s recent announcement around HRA borrowing could significantly increase the viability of affordable housing schemes and that it was important that councils and housing associations worked together to maximize future funding opportunities.

Tony Clements drew discussions to a close by reiterating that whilst Ealing Council is looking to take a more active role in housing delivery than in previous years, it is not intending to compete with providers; rather the council is looking to strengthen existing partnerships and develop innovative and mutually beneficial ways to jointly deliver affordable housing for Ealing’s residents.

A full article covering this event will be published in the 2019 edition of Ealing In London.