In a unique partnership with Hill, an award-winning UK housebuilder, Ealing Council will build more than 200 new homes. The deal represents one of the largest partnerships in the capital to better develop small-scale brownfield parcels of land.
The sites are located across Ealing and come in a range of sizes, including a number of council-owned garages that are currently underused or vacant. The land will be redeveloped to provide 87 affordable homes for rent, including a number of large family and wheelchair accessible properties, and 129 homes for private sale.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This joint venture with Hill exemplifies the council’s proactive approach to creating better places and quality new housing across the borough.
“Developing these underutilised sites gives us the scope to help tackle the housing crisis we are facing in London at a local level. The new housing of different tenures includes affordable homes and will transform remote areas into vibrant, attractive neighbourhoods.”
The council’s two larger sites at Ruislip Road, Greenford, and Trinity Way, East Acton, will be the first to be developed, creating 134 new homes. These will be followed by a further 19 small sites that will create an additional 82 new homes.
The London Land Commission estimates that up to 130,000 new homes could be created on underused public sector land across London, much of which belongs to local authorities.
Andy Hill, chief executive at Hill, said: “London is facing a housing crisis. As a country we must do much more to unlock public sector land in our towns and cities, so that we can create new homes where they are most needed.
“Ealing is leading the way in providing homes for local people, and we are extremely pleased to be working with the council. Our work with Ealing Council will maximise the value of these sites, which are often harder to develop, and create high quality new homes for the borough.
“There’s plenty of underused land in London, much of it public sector, but creative solutions are needed to deliver the extra homes. Better collaboration between local authorities and house builders is essential if we are to deliver the 50,000 homes that London needs each year.”
Ealing Council and Hill have worked closely with local residents throughout the design stage to develop the plans. The portfolio of 21 sites is part of the council’s new house building programme, which will see hundreds of new homes created across the borough in years to come.
Hill is currently on site at Ruislip Road, Greenford, where the new homes are expected to be completed by summer 2017. Construction of new homes at Trinity Way in East Acton will follow later this year.