CARPENTERS 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: 710
Landlord: Newham Council
Independent Resident Advisor: TPAS/Source Partnership
Ballot Status: Required
710 homes are under threat of demolition on Newham’s Carpenters estate in Stratford.
Plans for the estate’s regeneration have been under consideration since 2000, with several buildings earmarked for demolition and the decanting of residents having started in 2005/06. Three tower blocks on the estate have been emptied of council tenants, though some leaseholders remain. The lower rise buildings continue to be occupied by a mixed community of council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders and this remains a strong and supportive community.
To save the estate from demolition, Carpenters Against Regeneration Plans (CARP) was formed by residents of the estate in 2011. Carpenters Community Plan was published in 2013 and the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan in 2019, both of which propose a bottom-up community based approach to planning the future of the estate.
Newham Council is carrying out an options appraisal with residents on the estate, each option involving a varying degree of demolition. A ballot is due to be held some time in 2021.
The Planning Inspector’s report on the Local Plan (London Legacy Development Corporation) published in April 2020 found against the demolition of the Carpenters estate and said: “Although the formal residents ballot is yet to take place, it is highly likely from all the written representations and spoken contributions at the hearing sessions, that most residents in the Greater Carpenters area are expressing the wish to remain where they live now and would resist comprehensive redevelopment and the inevitable disruption and community displacement….”
Newham Council’s website says the following about its regeneration of the Carpenters estate:
The most recent newsletter for the regeneration (Nov 2019) says that residents were polled on various levels of intervention for the new plans and that the low-intervention proposals were most popular.
In October 2020, a council report submitted to Newham’s cabinet committee suggested one of the neighbourhood’s existing towers – James Riley Point – could be retained and refurbished before the start of any wider redevelopment that would require a residents’ ballot.
James Riley Point was almost entirely decanted along with Dennison Point and Lund Point as part of the previous regeneration approach which was abandoned in 2018.
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