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Greenford residents back council plans in regeneration ballot

Residents of the Golf Links estate in south Greenford have voted overwhelmingly in favour of regeneration in a ballot on Ealing Council’s plans to rebuild their homes.

82% of eligible residents voted to move forward with plans for regeneration of the estate. The ballot, which ran from 16 February to 11 March, asked council tenants and leaseholders who live at the estate to make a simple choice for or against further regeneration.

The council is committed to consulting residents before any regeneration of their estates goes ahead. The ballots ensure that local people have the final say on the future of their neighbourhoods.

Accessible, sustainable and secure new homes

125 new homes have already been built at Golf Links in two phases over the last four years. 22 further blocks approaching the end of their expected lifespan will now be replaced with modern, energy-efficient homes, many of which will be let at genuinely affordable rents.

The Golf Links estate today
The Golf Links estate today

The accessible, sustainable and secure new homes will be much better suited to modern demands, with well-proportioned rooms, ample storage, and private outdoor space.

The redeveloped estate will include a mix of tenures, including social rent, shared equity and private sales. All current council tenants are guaranteed a new home on the rebuilt estate if they want one. Leaseholders can either opt to leave the estate with a market value payment for their home, or stay with a share of the equity in one of the new homes.

“Empowering residents”

Councillor Lauren Wall is Ealing Council’s lead member for genuinely affordable homes. She said: “As a council and landlord, we are committed to being open, transparent, and inclusive. That’s why we have embraced regeneration ballots on our council estates, as they put residents at the heart of our decision-making process.

“We have been working with Golf Links residents over the years to improve the estate. By giving them a vote, we have empowered them to hold us accountable in our efforts to achieve the best possible future for their neighbourhood. All of our future estate regeneration projects will be subject to approval by residents in a ballot before work starts.”

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