Ealing Council invites residents to have say on new plan for housing

By Cesar Medina

17th May 2024 | Local News

Ealing Council's draft housing strategy has four main priorities (credit: Cesar Medina).
Ealing Council's draft housing strategy has four main priorities (credit: Cesar Medina).

Residents are being invited to give their views on the council's draft housing strategy, which launched on Tuesday, 7 May and aims to listen to residents and community groups to ensure their priorities are represented.

Ealing is at the sharpest end of the affordable housing crisis, with more than 7,500 families on the housing waiting list. Since 2018, private rents have almost doubled in some areas, and the total number of private rented properties across London is down by more than 40%.

Combined with the cost-of-living crisis and the government's freeze in local housing benefit, there has been a huge spike in the number of families approaching the council for emergency help with their housing.

The draft plan has four main priorities:

  • increasing the supply of genuinely affordable homes – working with residents and partners to ensure that there are enough of the right types of new homes to meet residents' needs.
  • high quality housing: homes that are healthy, safe, and sustainable – making sure that homes benefit the health and wellbeing of residents.
  • supporting people to live well in the community – working with partners to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping and providing housing choices for older residents to live independently. 
  • promoting resilience, inclusion and fighting inequality – improving engagement with residents, and making sure council services are accessible for all.

Councillor Peter Mason, the leader of Ealing Council, said: "Working with people across Ealing is essential as we look to make our borough a fairer place to live, and now we want to gather your views on our new plan to tackle the housing crisis.

"We've already got one of the strongest home building records in London, and we want to continue that hard work, providing the genuinely affordable homes that our residents need and helping to build communities full of pride, identity and purpose, across our seven towns".

Councillor Shital Manro, the council's cabinet member for good growth and new housing, said: "We know the scale of the issues faced and the importance of getting this right.

"We believe that our new draft housing strategy sets out bold and ambitious plans and we want to hear from our communities to find out what you think. 

"Our new approach to housing builds on the council's pledge to be open, transparent, and inclusive, and to make sure that local people are at the centre of the decisions we take.

"We know that when it comes to building new homes, one size does not fit all, so we are adapting our approach so that we can respond to the different housing needs across the borough".

The consultation will last 12 weeks and will see a variety of engagement events with tenants, landlords, and other local community groups before the housing strategy is finalised in September.


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