Ealing attends MIPIM conference

Thu 26 March 2015, 1:23 pm

Ealing Council unveiled a series of initiatives and targets for the borough at MIPIM 2015 and invited developers, investors and their advisers to meet its planning team.

Pat Hayes (right) at MIPIM with Gregor Mitchell, land director, be:here by Willmott Dixon

The borough’s delegation included Pat Hayes, executive director of regeneration and housing; Noel Rutherford, director of built environment; Lucy Taylor, assistant director of regeneration and planning policy and Alex Jackson, area teams manager for planning services.

Hayes chaired a panel discussion – ‘Ealing – how we are using a council-owned company to build new homes’ – which featured Nick Joplin, executive director of Grainger; Richard Cherry, CEO of partnerships at Countryside Properties and Tom Titherington, director of business development and market intelligence, Catalyst Housing. 

The council-owned company, Broadway Living, plans to build 1,500 new homes for market and sub-market rent over the next five years. The company seeks to work with investors and development partners to achieve these objectives.

Taylor set out some of the other key moments for Ealing at MIPIM.

These included:

· Spending time with sponsors and key players in Ealing to learn more about their developments, their aspirations, plans for the future and getting to know them better.

· Discussing opportunities and challenges for development in London – and in particular, how to provide more affordable housing.

· Discussing new development opportunities for Perceval House and Ealing Town Hall – both council-owned buildings, for which the local authority is seeking development partners.

For Ealing Town Hall, the council will be disposing a long lease for part of the building to create new town centre uses such as hotels, leisure, bars, restaurants and with the possibility for some residential use. The authority will retain part of the Grade II-listed Victorian building for civic functions – including weddings, functions and council meetings. 

For Perceval House – the current council offices site – the local authority is seeking a development partner to redevelop the site and provide new council offices within a mixed-use development in Ealing town centre.

· Unveiling the revised Southall Gasworks masterplan, promoted by St James, and showcasing a model of the site on the Ealing stand at the London Pavillion.

Sharing Ferrero Rocher chocolates with MIPIM delegates was another highlight for Taylor. The chocolates were donated by Ferrero, which is relocating its headquarters to Greenford in Ealing.

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