In the great majority of cases, demolition is not the right thing to do. Unless an estate is beyond repair, it’s much better to work with the community to improve housing stock than to demolish it completely. My guiding principle would be to help residents explore all the options and let them decide.
Refurbishing, not demolishing, estates
Over the past decade, estate demolition has led to the net loss of over 8,000 social rented homes. We’re going to see the net loss of another 7,000 in coming years unless we change our approach.
I am going to be visiting and helping lots of communities under threat, particularly those where the Mayor is a major funder. I want to ensure the Mayor keeps his manifesto promise that estate regeneration will only take place where there is resident support, a full and transparent consultation, and no net loss of social housing.
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Mayor's manifesto pledge
In his 2016 manifesto, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, pledged to:
Require that estate regeneration only takes place where there is resident support, based on full and transparent consultation, and that demolition is only permitted where it does not result in a loss of social housing, or where all other options have been exhausted, with full rights to return for displaced tenants and a fair deal for leaseholders.