Interview: Pat Hayes from Ealing Council
Thu 30th January 2014, 4:10 pm
Ealing Council’s executive director for regeneration and housing tells Sitematch about the borough’s development hotspots, and why the council is not likely to be introducing a community infrastructure levy any time soon.
Can you say something about your role and responsibilities?
I am the director for regeneration and housing, so am responsible for planning, housing, transport, property and a number of regulatory functions. This means Ealing Council can offer a once stop shop for developers with all the people they need to talk to in one department and all reporting to me.
How did you come into your current role?
I have been at Ealing for eight years following a short period at Transport for London, and before that a similar role in Lewisham for five years. I got into urban regeneration through European funding and bidding for Government programmes. I have worked for a number of London boroughs and a long time ago I used to be a local councillor.
Are there any opportunities in Ealing developers should be looking out for?
Crossrail will put Ealing into Zone 1 in terms of travel time to and from central London. It is also the economic and cultural capital of West London so it is probably the most attractive investment location outside central London. We already have British Land, Land Securities and the Berkeley Group bringing forward large scale developments and there are lots more exciting development opportunities in the established centres of Ealing Broadway, Southall and Acton, which is likely to become a very hot prospect as Old Oak Common starts to come forward.
Ealing has not yet published a preliminary charging schedule for a community infrastructure levy. When is this planned?
We are not big fans of CIL as we actually find the section 106 regime gives us far greater flexibility to bring good quality development forward. Hopefully the government will have listened to the development industry and councils and have scrapped it before we have to introduce it. One thing is certain though: our CIL charge, if we have to introduce one, will be extremely competitive as we want to attract development and encourage the provision of affordable housing.
Is Ealing looking to promote any specific types of development?
We are particularly keen to see how we encourage the development of private rented sector (PRS) housing and are actively looking at ways in which we can use our planning powers and funding capabilities to kick-start the supply of good quality, well managed PRS supply in bulk.
Why does Ealing Council attend Sitematch?
Sitematch is always useful for us as it allows us to meet end-users and potential investors who don’t necessarily always come and see us directly.
If you are interested in meeting Pat Hayes at the next Sitematch London event on 2 April 2014 at the Shard, visit the website to book your place.