CRESSINGHAM GARDENS ESTATE

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

Cressingham Gardens estate

Number of homes under threat: 306

Landlord: Lambeth Council

Independent Resident Advisor: Public Voice/PPCR

Ballot Status: Required

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. In september 2020 it emerged that Mayoral funding for the scheme had been withdrawn.

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%.

In November 2020, Lambeth (or rather its SPV - ‘Homes for Lambeth’) applied for permission to demolish 12 family homes in two maisonette blocks on the South-east corner of the Cressingham Gardens estate.

The planning statement (prepared by Savills) explains that 20 new homes will be built of which 14 will be ‘Council level’ rent and the remaining 6 shared ownership.

Supporting documents for the planning application and details of how to submit objections are available on Lambeth’s planning portal here - ref:(20/02406/RG3).

Links:

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

Lambeth Cabinet report 21 March 2016


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