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Demolition of estates is a bad deal

17 September, 2020

• WE congratulate the tenants of Gilbeys Yard and Juniper Crescent on halting the demolition of their homes which are, incredibly, just 25 years old, (Estate regeneration ballot: Tenants’ vote halts homes demolition, September 11).

They were right to be concerned about how many new homes for social rent would be built as a result.

The Mayor of London’s evidence shows that almost 50 per cent of homes built in London need to be social rented. But between 2006 and 2018 only 11 per cent of the 12,000 new homes built in Camden were for social rent.

Demolishing structurally sound, social-rented, housing is a bad deal environmentally as well as causing uncertainty, stress, and possible displacement for those living in blocks awaiting demolition.

Residents may be promised replacement homes only to find that rents and service charges are significantly higher and their new homes much smaller.

Since 1997 some 55,000 homes on 166 council estates have been demolished, displacing 131,000 tenants and leaseholders. Currently more than 100 social-housing estates across the capital are at risk of demolition.

Together with Just Space we have launched a new website, www.estatewatch.london which provides independent information for tenants and leaseholders on estate demolition in London.

We hope more communities follow the lead of Gilbeys Yard and Juniper Crescent in holding these schemes accountable.

PAT TURNBULL
Regional representative
London Tenants Federation
www.londontenants.org

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