The Mayor's involvement

Sadiq Khan continues to approve and fund estate regeneration schemes that don't comply with his own policy requirements.

From social to 'affordable' housing

The Mayor's estate regeneration policy says that schemes should provide at least 50% affordable housing and that there should be no net loss of social rented housing. Despite this the Mayor is signing off an increasing number of schemes that fail to meet these requirements and which have substituted social rented housing for affordable rent (i.e. up to 80% market rent) - here are a few examples, which we will add to over time:



  • Gascoigne estate
    Gascoigne estate
    Status:

    In Dec 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 179 homes on the latest phase of Barking & Dagenham’s Gascoigne estate regeneration, to be replaced by 850 new homes of which 78 at ‘London Affordabe Rent’ (defined as up to 80% market rent). Leaseholders have the ‘right to return’ only if they can afford to pay the rent in one of the new shared-ownership flats.

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  • Arthur Street estate
    Arthur Street estate
    Status:

    In Sep 2019, the Mayor approved the demolition of 262 homes on Bexley’s Arthur Street estate - to be replaced by 320, all social rent being replaced by London Affordable Rent, at a net loss of 134 ‘social’ homes

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  • Thamesmead South (phase 1)
    Thamesmead South (phase 1)
    Status:

    In November 2016, the Mayor approved the demolition of 226 homes on Bexley’s Southmere site of the Thamesmead estate, to be replaced by 1,622 new homes of which 67 intermediate and 168 affordable rent of up to 80% market rent.

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  • South Acton estate
    South Acton estate
    Status:

    In Dec 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 2,100 homes at Ealing’s South Acton estate with all replacement ‘social’ housing at up to 80% of market rent.

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  • New Avenue estate
    New Avenue estate
    Status:

    In April 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 171 homes on Enfield’s New Avenue estate with just 60 replacement properties at social rent.

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  • Eastfields estate
    Eastfields estate
    Status:

    In Nov 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 446 homes on Merton’s Eastfields estate, to be replaced by 800 homes of which only 262 affordable (all at affordable rent of up to 80% market rent or LHA levels - whichever is lower).

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  • High Path estate
    High Path estate
    Status:

    In Nov 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 608 homes on Merton’s High Path estate, to be replaced by 1,570 homes of which 20% affordable - all at up to 80% market rent or LHA rates (whichever is lower).

    Read more here:
  • Ravensbury estate
    Ravensbury estate
    Status:

    In Nov 2018, the Mayor approved the demolition of 100 homes on Merton’s Ravensbury estate, to be replaced by 180 homes of which 50% affordable (affordable rent of up to 80% market rent or LHA levels - whichever is lower).

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