The Mayor has said that he wants to ensure that Londoners get the maximum benefit from the huge regeneration opportunity that the MDC area (which includes land in three London boroughs including Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham) offers.
Ealing’s leader wrote to the Mayor, soon after he was elected, to share his concern that surrounding communities, which are some of the poorest in the area, could be left isolated if additional infrastructure investment wasn’t made available to better link the site to these neighbourhoods. He also set out the need for local people to benefit from new employment opportunities and for the regeneration to have a wider mix of housing, including more affordable homes.
The council would also like the Mayor to review the governance structure of the MDC so that boroughs have a greater influence over the redevelopment and the decisions being made.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “I am really pleased that the Mayor has taken such swift action and has announced this review.
“The redevelopment will include both new Crossrail and High Speed 2 stations by 2026 and there is huge potential for economic growth in the area with thousands of new jobs and homes. But, we need the right homes and jobs for local people. We don’t want another Canary Wharf style development in West London that leaves our residents on the outside looking in, rather than sharing in the benefits that this scheme should bring.
“This is too big an opportunity not to get it right, and by taking stock and reviewing what is planned this scheme could be adapted to become the leading example of modern urban regeneration.”