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.
More than 80 per cent of eligible residents voted to move forward with plans for the estate’s regeneration. The ballot, which ran from February 16 to March 11, 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. The ballots ensure that local people have the final say on the future of their neighbourhoods.
A total of 125 new homes have already been built at Golf Links in two phases over the last four years. Twenty-two 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 accessible, sustainable and secure new homes will be 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.
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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