South Acton Estate (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Andrew Dismore AM:  Congratulations, Mr Mayor.  Do you remember during the election campaign visiting West Hendon Estate in Conservative Barnet and speaking to residents there?  They are getting an even rawer deal than was even suggested in this question in terms of rehousing of tenants, particularly protected tenants, and also leaseholders.  The same is about to happen in Grahame Park in Conservative Barnet as well.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  This is a bit tenuous, Assembly Member Dismore.  Can you relate it more closely to the question?


Andrew Dismore AM:  Going back to your constraints, Chairman, if you look at the question rather than the statements at the start of the question, it is about the rights of tenants and leaseholders rather than the specific of the estate.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  It refers to Ealing, not Barnet.


Andrew Dismore AM:  Yes, but the question talks about the rights of tenants in regenerated estates rather than the statement at the beginning of it.  I am sticking to your constraints and talking about the question rather than the statement.


The point I wanted to make, Mr Mayor, is whether, having visited those estates, you will have a look at the permissions that went through City Hall to see if any of them can be revisited and if further permissions may be required from City Hall?  Perhaps you could ask the Deputy Mayor for Housing to look to see what can be done around those two estates.  In particular, perhaps you could also make sure that Barnet actually raises people who have been moved to vote because they failed to do so in the last election.  Perhaps I could also ask if you would like to visit Bacton Estate in Camden where regeneration has been done very sympathetically and with the support of residents who are all very happy.  That will show, in contrast, how Labour Camden can do it as opposed to Conservative Barnet that has screwed up the residents very badly.

Supplementary To: 


Answer for South Acton Estate (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for South Acton Estate (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you for that question, Assembly Member Dismore and for your kind words.  It is good to be colleagues again.


Firstly, yes, of course I will come and visit the estate you refer to in Camden.  What I set out in my manifesto is that I will require that estate regeneration only takes place where there is resident support.  This must be based on full and transparent consultation.  Demolition is only permitted where it does not result in a loss of social housing, and where all other options have been exhausted.  This should include the full right to return for the displaced tenants and a fair deal to leaseholders.


Clearly, there is an issue about whether we can issue a supplementary planning guidance.  There is an issue about the next London Plan.  I have to be cautious about not retrospectively looking at decisions that happened before I became the Mayor.  I have taken on board the comments made by Assembly Member 

Dismore, but for things that come to me for approval those are the principles I will stand by.