Sunday, 30 April 2017

Council presses ahead with estate demolition plans

Controversial plans to demolish two housing estates as part of an £8 billion regeneration scheme have moved a step closer as council officers have recommended the proposals for approval.

Hammersmith & Fulham is planning to demolish the 761 homes on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates as part of its Earls Court regeneration project. This has angered the tenants and residents associations on the estates which want to form a tenant-led housing association to take ownership of the homes themselves.

Council officers have recommended the west London council’s cabinet agrees on 3 September to enter into an agreement with developer Capital and Counties to sell the land so it can be included in the regeneration scheme.

The council says residents will be offered legally binding contracts guaranteeing them a replacement home in the new development and compensation.

Nicholas Botterill, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: ‘We will only make a final decision after weighing up all the arguments, looking at the economic studies and the views of our residents. We know that many people living on the estates want new homes, while many other people have concerns.

‘This redevelopment could deliver the kind of economic growth that London needs to move out of recession ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment into the local economy and bringing thousands of new homes and jobs.’

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