Changes to London housing estate regeneration rules ensure consultation before funding

Sadiq Khan

Major estate regeneration schemes which include the demolition of social homes must now have the approval of residents before any City Hall funding is granted.This new condition for such funding has been introduced by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Under the new proposals, residents can vote in a ballot in favour of plans that involve the demolition of social homes.

A consultation – which included responses from organisations and the public – found that 88% of respondents supported the proposals.

There are an estimated 35 estate regeneration schemes in London at any one time involving City Hall funding.

Khan said: “When estate regeneration is done well, it can improve the lives of existing residents as well as building more social housing.

“But that has not always been the case.“

Anyone drawing up plans for estate regeneration must involve local people and must consider what impact their plans will have on people who live there now.

“That is why – from now on – City Hall funding for significant estate regeneration schemes involving any demolition of social homes will – for the first time – only be approved where there has been a positive residents’ ballot.”

The mayor also wants ballots to be introduced for council and housing association schemes where City Hall funding is not used.

Damien Egan, mayor of Lewisham, said: “Balloting residents on estate redevelopments means that existing communities are truly at the heart of changes in their area.

“Lewisham will be balloting residents as part of our ambitious programme to build new social and genuinely affordable homes.”

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