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Meet the council: Ealing

Wed 29th November 2017, 3:06 pm

The Sitematch team catches up with Lucy Taylor, the director of regeneration and planning policy at Ealing Council.

Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning policy at Ealing Council.

Why are you taking part in Sitematch 2018?

Sitematch is a great opportunity for Ealing Council to showcase our current opportunities to developers and investors.

The event helps to steer us and advise our approach over the coming years.

The council has actively participated in Sitematch for many years, and we have found it a useful vehicle to network with industry experts and to tell them the latest chapter in our story. 

How do you think your participation in Sitematch London will benefit your council?

More than £5 billion is currently being invested across Ealing borough.

This investment will pay dividends for our residents through more homes, jobs, school places, leisure facilities and improved transport connections. 

Much of this investment has come about by the council’s pro-active, pro-development stance and by actively going out and networking with the regeneration industry at a host of different events and functions - such as Sitematch. 

We value the opportunity that Sitematch affords us and look forward to meeting and discussing the next stage of Ealing’s evolution into one of London’s most exciting boroughs.  

What key sites is your council currently looking to develop?

Old Acton Library: This is a Victorian built former council run municipal library and dates from the late 19th century.  It is currently a vacant site and is situated on a premier location on Acton High Street ,adjacent to the council leisure centre and opposite the Oaks Shopping centre site, which is currently being redeveloped.  

Sandringham Mews:  Sandringham Mews occupies part of a wedge of land in the heart of Ealing Broadway, the borough's premier retail and leisure district. It is accessible from the Uxbridge Road, Bond Street and Broadway shopping centre. Currently occupied by a range of small retailers, restaurants and cafes on street level and a surface car park, the 0.63-ha site has the potential for to be a mixed-use development with retail units at ground floor and residential, student accommodation or commercial above.

Southall Town Hall: Situated at a key crossroads in Southall town centre, this imposing Grade II-listed landmark building has the potential to a very special place in an area that is fast changing.  

Originally built as the borough's town hall, it is currently occupied by offices. W're currently interetOffers for a long leasehold  interest. are invited for a The building is suitable for a variety of alternative uses subject to planning.

Iceland Store Site: Occupying a key location in the route from Southall Station to the Broadway shopping area, the 1.23-ha site is home to a two food supermarkets, a car parking and nine properties with outside space converted to converted premises.

This is an excellent opportunity to create bold new buildings to define the public realm at street level, with the potential for residential on the upper floors. Any development will benefit from the historic Kings Hall facade/frontage which is a local landmark.

Southall The Green/Featherstone Car Park: Located in the heart of Southall, we're seeking a development partner for around 400 residential units plus 1,500sq m of commercial spaces.   The 4.79Ha site could accommodate mixed-use development including flexible floor space and residential with commercial and community units.

It is currently occupied by a range of flexible working units, industrial units, storage and distribution.

Transport links are excellent - by end of 2019, Southall will be connected to the new Crossrail line with journey times of eight minutes to Heathrow and 17 minutes to Bond Street. The site is currently served by National Rail and has road links to the M25, M4 and A40.

Morrisons site: A key opportunity site on King Street, it acts as an 'entrance' into Acton High Street from Ealing Common on the Uxbridge Road.  The 1.3-ha site offers great potential as a mixed-use development site for retail and residential. There is also the possibility of including the adjacent post office and improving the access to the town square.

What kind of development partners are you looking for at Sitematch London?

We currently work with a range of development partners including some of the largest international developers, national housing associations and smaller firms who have schemes based solely in Ealing. 

We are keen to open up discussions with companies that can bring to the table ambitious, inclusive and original plans that meet the business case and residents needs on individual sites.

Where housing is a development requirement, we expect to see a significant percentage of this classed as affordable.  

What are some of the qualities that make a developer attractive to work with?

What we class as essential qualities are creativity, innovation, pragmatism,  flexibility and – it goes without saying – delivery focus. 

The ability to form long-lasting professional relationships and a positive rapport and understanding is a must, too.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will be hosting 15-minute meetings at Sitematch London on the 8th February, along with 28 other local authorities and London's developers and investors. To find out who you can meet and how to attend, contact josie@3foxinternational.com on 0207 978 6840

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