The Mayor of London visits Copley Hanwell W7

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayor James Murray visited new council homes at Copley Hanwell W7 in Ealing on 23 January.

They were shown 31 flats in Darlington Court by Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council and Councillor Peter Mason, cabinet member for housing planning and transformation.These flats are the first new council homes completed in Ealing since the Mayor announced last October that he had awarded the borough a grant of nearly £100 million. The funding will contribute towards Ealing’s plans to build 1,138 genuinely affordable new homes – the most ambitious council homebuilding programme in London.

Those 1,138 properties will account for a sizeable part of the council’s overall aim of creating 2,500 new genuinely affordable homes by March 2022. The remainder will be delivered through private developments in the borough. All of the homes will be available as social rent, London Living Rent or London Affordable Rent tenures or as other affordable options like shared ownership.

Phase six of development at Copley Hanwell W7 will get under way in summer 2019. Copley Central, as it will be known, will include 201 new homes with a mix of tenures and is likely to be finished by early 2022.

James Murray then visited the High Lane estate in Hanwell, where he met local residents and found out more about the ballot recently held there. The ballot, in which 90% of eligible residents voted in favour of the council’s plans to regenerate the estate, was the first that the council has run since it committed last year to consulting local people before the regeneration of their estates goes ahead.

Councillor Julian Bell is the leader of Ealing Council and lead member for regeneration. He said: "It was great to show the Mayor the work taking place in Ealing to provide genuinely affordable homes that are also built to the highest standards.These award-winning homes set the bar for what we are trying to achieve – affordable, well-designed modern homes where people would want to live. 

“There are more than £5billion of developments under way in Ealing, including £1.5billion on housing projects that the council is involved in. Once Crossrail opens next year, our borough will have Zone 1 travel times with Zone 4 living standards, which will further increase demand for housing here, so it’s more important than ever that we ramp up affordable housebuilding in Ealing.”

 

In 2012, the council made a commitment to regenerate Copley Close using its own resources, meaning itacts as both developer and landlord. This allows the council to retain 100per cent of the asset value of its land and ensure that 65per cent of homes will be affordable. This is a first for any local authority.