WESTBURY ESTATE

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Westbury estate

Stage: Implementation

82 homes have been earmarked for demolition on Lambeth’s Westbury estate, with planning approved for 270 new homes of which just 48 social rent.

All low-rise maisonette blocks on the Westbury estate have been earmarked for demolition as part of Lambeth’s ongoing estate renewal programme.

Planning permission was granted in July 2019 for the demolition of 82 homes comprising all of the estate’s low-rise blocks and their replacement with 270 new homes of which 38% ‘affordable’ of which 48 social rent.

The Mayor’s report approving the planning permission explains that the scheme couldn’t meet his 50% minimum affordable housing requirement because only 38% is viable.

Official statistics from the government’s live tables on local authority dwelling stock show that Lambeth has sold or demolished 20,000 council homes in the last 15 years - more than any other London borough.

In November 2019, the Council resolved to commence compulsory purchase order proceedings in order to remove the 34 leaseholders from the maisonette blocks.

Links: Mayor’s stage 1 and 2 reports


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