Estates demolition plans face opposition
More than a third of council tenants affected by proposals to demolish two housing estates in London are opposed to the plans.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council plans to demolish and rebuild the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates in its 8,000-home Earls Court regeneration scheme.
The plans have come up against opposition from tenants and residents’ associations on the site, who are hoping to use new right-to-transfer regulations to take ownership of their homes.
The council has today (Monday) published preliminary findings from its consultation of residents into the terms of a deal to sell the land to developer Capital and Counties.
The research shows that 331 secure tenants out of 584 submitted responses, with 215 opposed to the plans (36.8 of council tenants) and 102 in favour (17.5 per cent of tenants). A total of 253 council tenants (43.3 per cent) did not take part in the consultation.
The findings indicate that those opposed to the scheme only make up a third of tenants, contradicting claims by campaigners that they have a majority of tenants backing their cause.
In the wider area, 448 supported the scheme and 108 were opposed.
The report will come before the council’s cabinet next Monday (23 April).