Known as the Queen of the Suburbs with its tree-lined streets and Edwardian and inter-war housing stock, today’s major new developments are creating new neighbourhoods. Southall Waterside will add 3,750 new homes.
In Greenford, nearly 2,000 properties are planned on the former GSK site. The council has been proactive, both in leading and in partnering with the private sector, in regenerating nine council estates through £1 billion plus investment plan, that has boosted local labour, construction and apprenticeships.
Altogether, more than 6,000 mixed tenure new homes will have been delivered on the estates by 2027.
The borough has a thriving arts and cultural scene and hosts some of London’s most popular festivals. During July and August, the Blues, Jazz and Comedy festivals attract around 30,000 fans. Local cultural landmarks include Pitzhanger Gallery and Museum, Questors Theatre and Ealing Studios – home to thriving creative businesses and 800 workers. Ealing Filmworks will give the borough a heritage designed eight-screen cinema with a town plaza and leisure quarter.
Ealing is home to more than 160,000 jobs and major employers include Brompton Bicycles and Ferrero Rocher. It also houses part of the Park Royal industrial estate with 500 small to medium sized businesses.
The council is committed to increasing mixed-use developments with retail, office space and residential, where appropriate, to increase job opportunities. Ealing has more self-employed people than any other London borough – 19% of its work force.
Within the next few years, there will be more work hubs across the borough from artistic Acton to multi-cultural Southall. Successful start-ups generate new jobs and the borough, particularly Acton, is being seen as the west’s answer to Shoreditch – only with significantly lower office space rents.