'Demolition ceremony' starts Rectory Park regeneration

Mon 4 March 2013, 3:21 pm

The regeneration of West Ealing's Rectory Park estate has kicked off in earnest with a "demolition ceremony" that saw the clearance of blocks containing 66 homes.

Network Housing Group can now start work on the first two phases of the estate’s regeneration scheme, which will ultimately deliver 425 new properties - 155 more homes than the estate previously boasted.

Rectory Park’s houses, three-storey flats and medium-rise blocks were highlighted as in need of significant work in Ealing Council’s 2008 estates review.

Last week’s demolition paves the way for the first 101 homes of the programme to be constructed, with the properties due for completion in 2014.

The new development will be owned and managed by Network Stadium Housing Association, which is part of Network Housing Group.

Group chief executive Helen Evans said the revitalised estate - which will be a mixture of one-, two-, and three-bedroomed flats and houses - would be a place where people were proud to live.

“We will establish a community chest fund to support activities on the estate and use it to promote community cohesion by ensuring all parts of the community can benefit from what is on offer,” she said.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing’s housing lead, said he was delighted that work was finally underway at the Northolt estate.

“We’ve listened carefully to residents’ aspirations for skills, training and creating a real sense of community,” he said.

“The regeneration work here is going to make Rectory Park a more pleasant and safer place to live for everyone.”

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