Affordable housing

Residents approve regeneration plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Housing blocks will be demolished after residents living on a South Kilburn estate voted for regeneration proposals.

South Kilburn regeneration
Brent council

Brent Council said 72% of residents took part in the referendum, with 84% backing its plans.

It means 17 housing blocks will be knocked down and rebuilt.

Councillor Shama Tatler said: "It is only right that local people had the final say on the future of their neighbourhood.“

All current tenants are guaranteed a home on the rebuilt estate, while leaseholders can choose to leave the estate with a market value payment for their home or stay with a share of the equity in one of the new homes.

Those living in temporary accommodation will be entitled to a secure tenancy in a new home on the estate when one becomes available the council said.

Campaigners who urged residents to vote ‘no’ in the ballot said they still believe the regeneration proposals are inadequate, calling for more council homes to be built and for the quality of new housing on the estate to be of a “high standard”.

London Assembly warned of rent control 'consequences'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sadiq Khan’s proposed rent controls would have “dramatic unintended consequences” which will stop landlords from renting their properties, housing policy researcher has said.

Kath Scanlon, assistant professorial research fellow at the London School of Economics, told the London Assembly’s Budget and Performance committee the policy would see “a level of regulation unseen in any developed country”.

There are now 2.4 million renters in the capital, and rents are rising faster than wages, according to research by City Hall.

The mayor cannot currently bring in rent controls and has called on the government to devolve the powers to London.

Mr Khan has said that if rent control powers were devolved, he would make a register of all private landlords in the city. He would also set up a Private Renters’ Commission to gradually reduce rents.

His policy has support in the capital, with 68% of Londoners in favour of rent control or stabilisation, according to a YouGov poll.

But Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said rent controls would drive landlords out of the market and lower standards in the city’s existing housing stock.

“Rent controls are just false hope peddled by politicians who don’t want do the hard work of building the homes we desperately need,” he said.

James Murray, deputy mayor for Housing and Residential Development, said the plans "would be carefully designed and introduced to bring down rents for Londoners whilst making sure there is investment in new and existing housing".

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