07 . 02 . 2018

Khan plan praised

By Natalie Vincent

Lambeth Council has welcomed mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s recommendations on how to regenerate its council estates.

The mayor's London-wide Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration guide sets out several key conditions for the regeneration of existing council estates; these include no net-loss of social housing, an increase in affordable homes, full rights to remain for tenants, securing a fair deal for leaseholders and freeholders, and providing mandatory ballots for future schemes that require grant funding from the Greater London Authority.

Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council, endorsed the guide: "Like him [Khan], we are committed in Lambeth to protecting our social housing, building more council homes and supporting all of our residents."

Lambeth Council has secured the largest amount of grant funding from the mayor of any London borough, the majority of which has been allocated to rebuild five council estates.

Detailed planning applications for three estates (Knight’s Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury) were submitted in December, with Fenwick and Cressingham Gardens now at an advanced stage of pre-construction.

Peck added: "We're building a new generation of estates with no loss of social housing and a guarantee of a new home for every resident on each rebuilt estate having secured the largest mayoral grant funding of any London borough, without the involvement of private developers.

"We will continue to work closely with the mayor, on building more and better homes for local people as we tackle the London housing crisis together."