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

Central Hill estate

Number of homes under threat: 476

Landlord: Lambeth Council

Independent Resident Advisor: PPCR

Ballot Status: Required

476 homes are earmarked for demolition on Lambeth’s Central Hill estate.

Central Hill is the largest of Lambeth’s five estates earmarked for demolition.

It was first earmarked for potential redevelopment in a December 2014 Cabinet decision.

Lambeth says that it is demolishing the estate because the cost of refurbishing the existing homes is £44,000 per dwelling when its average cost for other estates is only £16,000 and that the Council simply doesn’t have the £18.5m required.

In 2019, an FOI request revealed that Lambeth is estimated to be spending £94m alone on buying back leasehold properties across its 5 estate demolitions.

Whilst the decant and re-housing programme started in 2016, the estate remains fully occupied with void units being let out at full market rents or as temporary accommodation at LHA rates.

The estate is not one of those listed as having agreed grant funding from the mayor or that has been exempted from his requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

In November 2020, Lambeth approved a ‘kick-start’ initial phase of redevelopment involving a decanted block previously used for temporary housing. Campaigners have now set up camp at the foot of the empty block as it is being prepared for demolition. You can read more about it on the Brixton Buzz blog here.

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