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Ealing estate residents are first to back estate rebuild

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DIGEST: Residents of an Ealing LBC estate have overwhelmingly backed proposals to rebuild their estate in the first instance in London of consent being given through a mandatory ballot.

Ninety percent of eligible residents from the High Lane Estate in Hanwell voted in favour of a mixed-tenure new estate, including social rent, shared equity and private sales, with 57% of residents participating.

The ballot result, announced last week, comes after the Greater London Authority decided to make grant funding for council home building programmes dependent on approval from existing residents.

Peter Mason (Lab), Ealing’s lead member for housing, planning and transformation, said: “By balloting residents, we have empowered them to hold us accountable in our efforts to achieve the best possible future for their neighbourhood.

“The GLA’s decision to enshrine the need for ballots on regenerated estates is an approach that we’ve enthusiastically adopted, and all of our future estate regeneration projects will be subject to approval by residents before work starts. With the result of this ballot, we have set a standard that we hope the rest of London will follow.”

James Murray, London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development, said: “We are very pleased to see Ealing become the first council to hold a ballot under the Mayor’s new rules, which for the first time have made City Hall funding conditional on a positive vote by residents.

“With an overwhelming majority in favour of the plans, we look forward to working with Ealing council to build better homes for local people on the High Lane estate, and more of the social housing that Londoners so desperately need.”

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