WENDLING ESTATEOver 100 council and housing association estates across London are under threat of demolition. Our research shows where they are.
Number of homes under threat: 241
Landlord: Camden Council
Independent Resident Advisor: Community Liaison Officers (Camden)
Ballot Status: Approved
241 homes plus a health centre and nursery on Camden’s Wendling estate have been earmarked for demolition in a 2019 options appraisal.
In July 2019, the Council’s Cabinet decided that its preferred option is full redevelopment and resolved to ballot residents on this option.
The decision was the cause of some unrest among residents, reported in the local press (April 2020): http://camdennewjournal.com/article/tenants-pass-vote-of-no-confidence-in-camdens-regeneration-chief
The Wendling estate overlooks the site of the former Bacton estate where Camden resolved to demolish 100 council homes over 10 years ago. 67 new private and ‘affordable’ homes were completed on the adjacent ‘phase 1’ of that scheme in 2015 but in 2021 the main plot of the former estate remains an empty building site.
In July 2021, Camden held a ballot of Wendling estate residents in which 75% of eligible residents voted in favour of redevelopment on a 72% turn out.
Camden’s Landlord Offer ahead of the ballot makes it clear that if residents vote against demolition the Council has no immediate plans to resolve the estate’s ongoing maintenance issues. As has become common practice in estate regeneration ballots - refurbishment is not an option on the ballot paper.
Camden’s pre-ballot information booklets go as far as saying that if residents voted against demolition, then it would be 2025 before the Council would ‘consider’ resuming cyclical maintenance works and that they would be ‘considered against Camden’s other priorities’ at that time.
Residents have long since been reporting issues concerning the lack of maintenance on the estate, with the TRA claiming that the Council has given up on basic maintenance and repairs because the estate is earmarked for redevelopment:
Camden Council’s website: https://www.camden.gov.uk/wendling-estate-and-st-stephens-close
Camden’s Landlord Offer
Camden New Journal article (March 2020) - http://camdennewjournal.com/article/daily-battle-to-fix-estate-lifts-in-gospel-oak-estate
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