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

Cundy Street estate

Number of homes under threat: 44

Landlord: Grosvenor estates

Developer: Grosvenor

Planning Status: Approved

44 Council homes are under threat of demolition on Westminster’s Cundy Street estate.

The estate is owned by the Duke of Westminster (Grosvenor estates) who proposes to demolish all 160 homes on the estate, including the 44 which are leased to the council.

Grosvenor is planning to progress the scheme without mayoral funding such that it won’t be subject to the Mayor’s requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

In June 2021, Westminster Council approved Grosvenor’s application for the demolition of 111 private and 44 social rented homes on the Cundy Street estate.

Grosvenor will replace them with 139 homes for luxury senior living accommodation plus 93 ‘affordable’ of which 44 social rent and 49 intermediate rent.

Westminster published Grosvenor’s viability assessment for the scheme, which said it couldn’t afford to provide any more affordable housing because the scheme was only estimated to produce £71m of the £121m profit it says it requires.

The viability assessment also shows that Grosvenor hasn’t applied for GLA grant funding, which would have enabled it to provide more affordable housing, despite the Mayor’s policy requirement that estate regenerations seek grant funding to maximise the provision of affordable housing.

No detailed evidence was supplied showing how the demolition proposals comply with the Mayor’s policy requiring demolition to be pursued only as a last resort.

There is a campaign against the proposals with links provided below.

Save Cundy Street & Walden House campaign facebook page.

Westminster Labour web page.

Twitter campaign account.

Save Cundy Street online petition..

Planning application documents - 20/0330/FULL

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·Cundy Quarter (Planning Ref: 20/03308/LBC & 20/03307/FULL): Despite having more organised opposition (eg The Belgravia Society/ Tenants Assc. etc) compared to Ebury Bridge estate across the road, the WCC Planning Committee agreed that they were minded to grant the application for the Cundy but to defer the final decision (in order for Council officers & Grosvenor to look into the implications of reducing the height of one building, to tackle the loss of light issue to affected homes on Mozart Terrace, Ebury Street). I understand the Cundy developers has now agreed to reduce the height of the houses along Ebury street from 29 m to 26 m, taking out one floor and setting the topmost floor back. This is what the people in Mozart Terrace had been campaigning for and apparently they consider it a great success.
After securing their right to return to the new estate, Walden House council tenants had already changed sides, to the extend supporting the proposals at the committee meeting!, so no one really cared about the Grosvenor’s own tenants or those living in neighbouring properties.