Around Ealing April / May 2019 - Page 17

HOUSING ‘A great example’ Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his deputy James Murray visited new council homes in Hanwell recently, reports Quinton Drawbridge. T hey were shown 31 flats at Copley Hanwell W7, the first council homes completed in Ealing since Mr Khan announced in October he had awarded the borough a grant of nearly £100million. The funding will contribute towards the council’s plans to build 1,138 genuinely affordable new homes – the most ambitious council homebuilding programme in London. Those 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 built by housing associations and private developers. 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. Mr Khan said: “This is a great example of a council working with its residents in order to build the type and quality of housing they want.” AN AWARD-WINNING YEAR Copley Hanwell W7 has recently taken the honours at two more national award ceremonies, reflecting the high standards the council is setting. It won the What House? Awards – Best Starter Home Scheme; and the Inside Housing Development Awards – Best Partnership, in recognition of the model used by Broadway Living the council’s wholly owned homebuilding company. Councillor Peter Mason is Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, planning and transformation. He said: “Ealing’s council homebuilding plans are the biggest in London. But our estates and homes wouldn’t be anything without the people and families who live in them. Rather than telling residents what they want, we’ve put them at the heart of our decision- making process.” ‘I LOVE MY NEW FLAT’ Christine Hill moved into her new home in Darlington Court (in Copley Hanwell W7) in December and is overjoyed with her new home. She said: “I’ve lived at Copley for 30 years with my son John, and we were some of the first to move into the new Darlington Court. It’s absolutely fantastic – I really love it. It’s finished to such a high standard – oak floors, oaks doors, a balcony, which I’ve always wanted. We’re so lucky to have this flat.” Read the full story at ealingnewsextra.co.uk/ latest-news/mayor-visits-copley around ealing    April/May 2019 17