Housing in Southall has received a boost after plans from Catalyst Housing and Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa) for a £200m regeneration of the Havelock estate were approved.
The proposals for Havelock will see 922 new homes built – a mix of houses and flats for rent, shared ownership and sale.
The regeneration programme will demolish large sections of the current estate and provide brand new homes for housing association rent and shared ownership, as well as for outright sale.
The regeneration will also create new roads, a new community facility and shops, whilst opening up the canal-side and providing new public open spaces.
Catalyst will offer training opportunities and apprenticeships in construction for local young people and a £1m community regeneration fund will support community projects.
Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall said: “I am delighted that work can soon start on the transformation of the Havelock estate.
“Catalyst has developed and managed excellent housing in the borough for many years and has extensive experience in this sort of complex project.
“And with the coming of Crossrail promising faster commuting times from Southall to central London, Catalyst’s regeneration is starting at just the right time, as it will bring much-needed new high-quality homes to the town.”
Southall’s housing boost supports the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics which confirmed that the construction industry is generally improving.
Commenting on the figures, CPA economics director Noble Francis said: ‘These figures add further confidence to our view that the industry is gradually exiting from one of the worst downturns in its history.
“Private housing is clearly leading the activity, showing a significant year-on-year rise of 18.0 per cent.
“Even excluding private housing, the overall industry was up 1.7 per cent from this time a year ago.
“Other areas of strength included the largest sector – commercial offices and retail – which rose 8.4 per cent year-on-year, and the repair and maintenance sectors for both non-housing and private housing, which saw year-on-year growth of 4.1 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively.”