Regent's Park Estate

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0959
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In relation to your discussions with the Government regarding HS2, in October I asked: 'With whom in Government have you discussed the future housing needs of those currently living on the Regent's Park Estate and when? What information have you received from them about rents, leases, security of tenure and the residents' future landlord?' (MQ 2959/2011, Regents Park Estate (2))

You said 'the London Borough of Camden is leading the discussions about the regeneration of Regent's Park Estate'.

The Camden New Journal reports that the Transport Secretary has turned a 'deaf ear' to the councils' concern about the demolition of the 168 council homes on the Regents Park Estate and the 197 homes across the five other estates potentially effected by the proposals. Given this, will you now discussed the issues of demolition, rents, leases, security of tenure and the residents' future landlord with Government?

Answer

Answer for Regent's Park Estate

Answer for Regent's Park Estate

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(Written answer provided on 20 March 2012.)

The Government, through HS2 Ltd, has indicated that it is committed to working with all affected local authorities to agree a joint strategy, including thorough engagement with local people, businesses and communities to provide new, high, quality social housing to replace any which will need to be compulsorily purchased. Ultimately this is a matter for the local authorities concerned to agree with HS2 Ltd. But if homes owned by local authorities are lost due to the HS2 works, then I would expect these to be replaced on at least a like-for-like basis.

I am aware that the Government is currently drawing up detailed blight and property proposals and will launch a 12-week consultation this month.