Over 100 council and housing association estates across London are under threat of demolition. Our research shows where they are.

Waterloo Road estate

Stage: Preparation

285 homes are under threat of demolition on Havering’s Waterloo road and Queen’s street estate in Romford.

The estate is situated between Romford Town Centre and the site of the new Crossrail station.

It has been earmarked for redevelopment as part of Havering’s £1bn joint venture with developer Wates Residential which will see 12 of the borough’s estates redeveloped.

In June 2020, Havering submitted plans for the redevelopment of the estate. The detailed application documents are not yet publicly available but Havering Council says the plans are for for 1,380 new homes of which 550 will be “affordable” and a ‘number’ of which for “low-cost home ownership”.

The scheme is being funded by the Mayor and has been exempted from his requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

Havering’s re-housing offer for leaseholders displaced by their schemes is by far one of the poorest in comparison with other London boroughs.

It makes no provision for the gap between the value leaesholders receive for their current homes and the cost of the replacement new-builds. It simply gives them ‘first refusal’ on the purchase of a new home - if they can afford it!

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