CRESSINGHAM GARDENS ESTATE

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Cressingham Gardens estate

Stage: Proposal

306 homes are earmarked for demolition on Lambeth’s Cressingham Gardens estate at Brockwell Park.

In 2016, Lambeth Council took the decision to demolish the estate based on fact that refurbishment estimates were £14,000 higher per dwelling than the rest of its estates and this represents ‘poor value for money’:

Lambeth also claims that the redevelopment of the estate will result in the provision of more ‘affordable’ housing to address the housing crisis. It plans to reprovide the existing council homes and provide an extra 27 at council rent plus a further 48 at ‘no higher than LHA rates’:

LHA rates for Lambeth are currently as follows:

The estate is one of four estates earmarked for demolition in Lambeth’s estate renewal programme. It is not among those granted an exemption from the Mayor’s requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

There is an active campaign group created by residents on the estate. In 2016 they launched ‘Cressingham People’s Plan - http://cressinghampeoplesplan.org.uk/ which offers a viable alternative to demolition.

In July 2019, they had their application approved for the Right To Transfer (RTT) ownership of the estate into a community-owned company outside of council control.

Lambeth’s shared equity offer for leaseholders requires a minimum 60% equity, which may result in them having to invest personal savings or take out mortgages. This was deemed unlawful by the Secretary of State at the 2015 Aylesbury estate CPO inquiry and required Southwark to amend its policy and reduce the requirement from 50% to 25%.

Links:

Save Cressingham campaign website - https://savecressingham.wordpress.com

Lambeth Cabinet report 21 March 2016


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