We shall save our homes!

On 12 September residents travelled to the Council’s Planning Committee at Hammersmith Town Hall. We wanted to explain why it should reject the planning applications to demolish the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates and the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres.

The Council was ready for us: “No deputations, no placards, no recording, no photographs”. However, it welcomed its development partner, CapCo, whose team arrived with smiles on their faces and springs in their steps.

For two hours, residents endured a presentation of the scheme illustrated by slides crammed with drawings and text that was too small to read. Officers explained that the Committee could approve the scheme because the Council had made it mandatory for the tall buildings to have a bottom, a middle and a top.

We only asked for 10 minutes to present the case for preserving our community and for saving the Exhibition Centres. Opposition Councillors told the Chair that all he had to do was suspend the meeting to allow us to speak, as had the previous administration in such circumstances. But no, he said we should wait.

 

How small can a cluster of 30-storey towers look when set against the petitions of the local community and the exhortations of the exhibitions and events industry?

By 9.15pm, with many elderly people and children in our group, we’d had enough. We stood up and insisted that the Chair decide whether or not to hear our petitions, so we could catch our coach to go home.

Again, the Chair refused to let us speak. Residents and our MP, Andy Slaughter, shouted we must be heard. The Chair caved in. He asked one of the Ward Councillors, from the Majority Party, to read out our deputations (published below).

As his Majority Party colleague rammed home how the loss of Earl’s Court would destroy real jobs, real economy and authentic heritage in favour of property and financial speculation, the Chair became agitated. He said: “We’ve heard enough of that!” and stopped him.

After more shouting, the Chair let his colleague to continue. The Majority Party Councillor finished reading our explanation why it was wrong to destroy our homes and wreck the economy, and then joined his fellow Councillors to support the plan to demolish our estates and the Exhibition Centres.

The Planning Committee voted to approve CapCo’s planning applications.  However, the scheme cannot proceed at the moment, and may never happen at all, because there are far too many nasty hurdles at which it could fall.

October 2012: Deputy Judge Straker QC will decide whether to proceed to a full hearing of our Judicial Review application for the High Court to declare the Council’s planning policy underpinning the scheme unlawful

October 2012: Kensington & Chelsea will consider whether to approve the demolition of the Exhibition Centres

November 2012: Mayor Boris Johnson has to decide whether to approve the applications to knock down the estates and the Exhibition Centres

March 2013: the Council will apply to the Government for consent to sell off the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates

Autumn 2012: The Police will decide whether to investigate evidence of Misconduct in Public Office, the allegations that certain residents were promised new homes in Seagrave Road in exchange for them supporting demolition, and which could lead to criminal charges

2013: The Kwok brothers, who with CapCo own half of the Seagrave Road development, will be tried for bribery and corruption, threatening the only investment so far in the Earl’s Court scheme

2013: as the recession’s grip holds firm, and the property and financial speculation that caused it is further discredited, the markets will wonder. Should they take us on? Can they beat people power?

The developer and the Council are hurling £50,000 a day at us. Thanks to our campaign, the Council’s and the developer’s lawyers and financial consultants are raking in a fortune. But, we’re bleeding the scheme dry.

Far from these titanic efforts denting residents’ resolve to save our homes, we’ve been delivered with the very ammunition we need to stop them. The more they throw at us, the more our campaign is invigorated. The more they press on with this scheme, the deeper they embroil themselves in allegations of immorality, unlawfulness and criminality.

We won’t stand for “manifestly second-class” homes! We shall save our neighbourhood! We shall never surrender!

Left to right: Richard Osband (resident); Jim Wheble BBC Radio London journalist; Keith Drew (resident)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham: Planning Applications Committee 12 September 2012

Petition from the West Kensington & Gibbs Green Tenants & Residents Associations and West Ken & Gibbs Green Community Homes

In April this year, we submitted our formal response to the planning applications, prepared for us by Professor Drew Stevenson, who has summarised his submission for Planning Committee Members as follows:

The planning applications are opaque. Following a range of submissions and changes, it is not possible to determine exactly what the Council is now being asked to approve.

Within that confused context, the proposals for individual blocks are vague. It is not clear precisely what could, or could not, be developed within the loose parameters for the permissions being requested.

The status of the SPD is flawed and, despite the Mayor’s instruction, the applicants ignore the guidance in the SPD for the proper development of the sites.

The proposals to demolish the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates are unsubstantiated, unnecessary, unsustainable and against national policy.

The proposals for affordable housing are contrary to the London Plan, Local Plan policy and the SPD.

The floorspace quantum still represents a gross over-development and does not meet the previously stated concerns of the Mayor and local consultees. It has been reduced by a mere 1.5% from the earlier proposals for over-development.

The housing densities are far too high. They do not conform with the London Plan, either in the ranges proposed, or in the basis used for calculation.

The omission of a proposal for a strategic leisure, cultural and visitor attraction is contrary to the policies of the London Plan, the Local Plans and SPD guidance.

It’s not possible to calculate transport impacts, given the lack of essential base data, including the number and location of existing and proposed jobs.

The transport infrastructure would be overwhelmed.

The huge implications for viability and S106 agreements are not properly addressed.

The proposals for social and community infrastructure are inadequate and non-committal.

The responses given to consultations are either inadequate or non-existent.

Professor Stevenson is not the only planning expert to advise us that you should not approve the Earl’s Court planning applications.

Some time ago, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea Councils formed the Earl’s Court and West Kensington Design Review Panel to review the development proposals. This is what the Panel had to say about our community. Hear their concerns for our future!

The panel is concerned that the impact on the existing communities of Gibbs Green and West Kensington Estates of the Applicant’s proposals for such comprehensive redevelopment is perceived as a threat.

The Panel’s particular concern is that if the approved Seagrave Road scheme is seen as a detailed design precedent, there is little integration of affordable homes with the adjoining private development.

The panel believes it is important that good quality affordable housing is provided and that it is located and treated in a manner which properly integrates it with the new development, properly sharing in the open spaces and not manifestly ‘second-class’.

We have called the lawfulness of the planning policy, which underpins the proposed Earl’s Court development, into question. In June this year, we applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review, supplying grounds to support a declaration alleging that the Council’s planning policy is unlawful.

Our lawyer has advised us to advise you that it would be wrong for this Committee to resolve the Earl’s Court planning applications tonight, before the Court issues its decision on our Judicial Review request.

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham: Planning Applications Committee 12 September 2012

Petition from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO)

The AEO represents the majority of the exhibition and event organisers in the UK and speaks on behalf of the industry. We are totally opposed to the proposed demolition and removal of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres.

At a time of deep economic recession, the exhibitions industry is a shining example of national resilience and economic growth. We’ve expanded the events economy by over 18% from £9.3BN to £11BN a year, at a time when the overall economy has contracted.

Earl’s Court plays an enormous role in delivering this growth; it plays a significant part in the UK’s export economy. It sits in the heart of Central London, close to the West End and convenient for Heathrow, attracting business from all over the globe.

Just when London is successfully projecting its image and position as a ‘World City’, the demolition and loss of Earl’s Court would relegate the UK’s position as a world leader in the exhibition and events industry.

This planning application would reduce the amount of venue stock at a time when competitor nations are subsidising, not removing, venues equivalent in location and status to Earl’s Court.

Unlike what’s proposed to replace it, Earl’s Court is authentic and loved around the world. It has a fantastic heritage. It’s home to a national institution, The Ideal Home Show, established 105 years ago, as well as the Royal Tournament, along with top events, exhibitions and concerts from Madonna to Pink Floyd.

Earls Court brings 2.5 million visitors, 30,000 exhibitors, hundreds of events, and over a billion pounds a year to London. It sustains thousands of jobs; it’s an anchor for London’s economy; it’s the most dearly-loved creative and business venue, locally, nationally, and globally.

Earls Court is an essential international marketing platform for thousands of small businesses and world brands. East London’s Excel is not suitable for most of the Earl’s Court shows. Some that transferred there, like the Boat Show, lost visitors; others were forced, by popular demand, to return to Earl’s Court

Approving the demolition of Earl’s Court will force successful, market-leading exhibitions and events to close, prevent hundreds of businesses from trading, and terminate the incomes of thousands of people.

We must ask why, in the midst of a property-busted recession, should anybody be allowed to destroy a sustainable, profitable, commercial, global brand, which generates thousands of jobs and maintains hundreds of businesses, to develop luxury flats for speculative gain?

The demolition of Earls Court would contract the exhibition and events industry, deplete foreign visitors, destroy jobs, decimate businesses, and take away the area’s heritage. The disruption would diminish economic output, and deprive the Treasury of billions of pounds of tax revenues.

It’s widely documented that London is already short of exhibition space for national and international events, and the UK is losing revenue and trade to other countries.

Currently, the event organising community is seeking MORE exhibition and event space, but alarmingly this is being ignored. The lack of space is forcing many UK, organisers who seeking to expand their businesses, to go abroad.

Far from preserving and improving what we have so we can enhance the UK’s offer, the demolition of Earl’s Court would substantially contract the exhibition and events industry. It would reduce the number of tourists visiting London just after the Olympics and Paralympics elevated the city’s stature in front of a global audience.

Should we destroy real economy, real jobs, and real business, in favour of luxury flats, which make no on-going contribution to the economy, flats that likely will end up in the hand of wealthy foreigners, and which are unlikely even to be occupied? What is more likely to sustain economic recovery: business and creative industry or property and financial speculation?

The per capita spend at The Ideal Home Show is £800. To put this into perspective, this one event attracts 250,000 visitors over a fortnight, generating £200 Million. The amount of business stimulated at trade and business events totals in the tens of billions of pounds.

UK organisers are amongst the most pioneering and prolific players in the global events arena, which is why we expect local and national government to support our industry. Earl’s Court is an engine for growth, a goose that lays golden eggs. For generations it’s underpinned the events industry and stimulated business.

Tonight you can save this national institution; tonight you can prefer creative industry, you can save our cultural heritage, and you can protect the real jobs we need to get this country out of recession.

We shall never surrender!

Residents assemble outside Hammersmith Town Hall before the Cabinet meeting

RESIDENTS DEFIANT AS COUNCIL PRESSES ON

Over 150 West Kensington & Gibbs Green residents attended the Council meeting on 3 September to say no to demolition. We addressed the Leader of the Council and his Cabinet – see below for the full text of our deputation addresses. When two of our children stood up to speak, the Majority Councillors stopped them; when our MP tried to speak, they called the guards, closed the meeting and ran away.

We warned them their scheme is wrong, their process is tainted, and they won’t get away with it. We told them we shall see them in Court, we shall lobby the Government, and we shall never surrender!

Councillor Stephen Cowan, surrounded by other Opposition Councillors, speaks up for residents

Our elected MP, Andy Slaughter, attempts to address the Council on behalf of residents

Security Guard pounces on the MP as the Council Leader declares he is not allowed to speak and the Cabinet Members walk out of the room

With the Council Leader and his fellow Majority Councillors out of the room, the Council’s Consultants, who signed off the deal and also work for Capco, are left sitting pretty

Residents were very angry that the Council voted to go ahead, but very happy that we proved the strength of our determination to win

Prime Minister faces final Big Society test: Will he let his favourite Council bulldoze our community?

At 7pm on the 3rd and 12th of September 2012, Hammersmith & Fulham Council intends to agree the sale and demolition of our homes against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of residents.

The Cabinet meeting on 3 September is for the Council to decide as landlord whether to sell the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates to developer CapCo for demolition as part of the £8 Billion scheme to demolish Earl’s Court. The Planning Applications Committee on 12 September is for the Council to decide as planning authority whether to approve the whole scheme – demolition of the Exhibition Centres, the Lillie Bridge rail depot and West Kensington & Gibbs Green.

Once it has made its decisions, the Council intends, in March 2013, to apply to the Government for consent to sell off our estates, and our MP, Andy Slaughter, shall insist that the Government reviews any planning permission. We shall lobby the Government to refuse consent for the sale of our homes and to throw out planning permission to demolish our community. We expect the Government to help us implement the Big Society.

The Prime Minister promised power to the people, but now it turns out that it is he who shall determine the future of our community

Three times since 2009, we have proved methodically that we are overwhelmingly against demolition and in favour of community control. But the local state rode roughshod over our needs and wishes to impose the very type of speculative property development that ruined the national economy. According to the former Leader Stephen Greenhalgh, who’s now in charge of the Metropolitan Police, the Council’s motivation is to obtain party electoral advantage by driving poor people out of politically marginal areas.

We championed the Prime Minister’s goal for a more responsible local society, where communities take control of their assets and greater charge of their neighbours’ welfare. We pioneered cross-party localist policy for council estate communities to own their homes, mobilising residents to determine their future so they can contribute socially and economically to national recovery. We stood up for the economic powerhouse of Earl’s Court, a goose that lays golden eggs for this country’s culture and prosperity.

Gibbs Green, Dieppe Close and the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres

What will the Government do next year when the Council applies for consent to dispose of our homes? Will the Prime Minister champion his Big Society by refusing the sale and demolition of the People’s Estates? Will he empower us to take charge, or will he impose the politicians and property and financial speculators on us? We don’t want to see him in the driving seat of the bulldozer that destroys our community and removes the last shred of credibility from his most heartfelt belief!

Sally Taylor and Diana Belshaw, Chairs of the two residents associations, said:

We remain true to the principles of the Big Society, and we stand firm by our belief that local people should take greater charge of where they live so they can exercise more responsibility for their environment and assume better care of their neighbours. We occupy the ground; these are our homes; and we shall restore ownership to the local community. Politicians and profiteers may come and go, but we the people shall never surrender.

Aisgill Avenue on the West Kensington Estate

Council cancels critical meetings

 29 July 1588: Battle of Gravelines, the turning point in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (see historical note below). Painting by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1796

CAMPAIGN DELAYS SELL-OFF AND PLANNING DECISIONS

Hammersmith & Fulham Council was desperate to agree to sign the Conditional Land Sale Agreement with the developer on 23 July. But, we exposed how its analysis of the responses to consultation was biased and we insisted that Councillors could not rely on it to make a decision. The Council cancelled the meeting, and has rearranged it for 3 September.

23 July 2012: Residents make banners and placards while being filmed by Channel 4 Television

The Council was desperate to grant planning permission for the demolition scheme on 31 July. But, we launched Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court of Justice, and our lawyer told the Council to hold off. The Council cancelled the meeting and we have no date for when it will be held.

26 June 2012: Lawyer Michael Webster (wearing the tie) stands with residents in Dieppe Close on the Gibbs Green estate. The Council wants to demolish the houses in the background to make way for luxury flats.

Historical note: On 29 July 1588, England confronted the invading Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines. The English sent fire ships to scatter the huge Spanish fleet. Using superior manoeuvrability, the English fleet provoked the Spanish guns while staying out of range. It then closed in, firing repeated and damaging broadsides into the enemy ships.

Though the English ships eventually ran out of ammunition and were forced to withdraw, five Spanish galleons were sunk, throwing the invasion into disarray. The English fleet pursued the Armada, forcing it to sail north round the British Isles, where famously it met the deadly gales that wrecked the world’s most formidable navy on the far flung rocky shores of Scotland and Ireland.

A ship of the Spanish Armada, wrecked on the west coast of Ireland, illustration from ‘Spanish Pictures’ by the Rev. Samuel Manning, 1870 © Bridgeman Art Library / Private Collection / Ken Welsh

Now is the time to save Earl’s Court!

PROTECT OUR CULTURE, DEFEND OUR ECONOMY, STOP THE DEMOLITION!

From Buffallo Bill to the Ideal Home Show, Earl’s Court has a tremendous history. It’s London’s premier, iconic, showcase for all that life has to offer, from leading-edge technology to popular music. Earl’s Court is the UK’s third largest venue, an outstanding feat of 1930s engineering, adorned with original Art Deco features. It’s a world-class venue for a world-city, and it’s about to stage the volleyball competition for the London 2012 Olympics.

Earl’s Court brings 2.5 million visitors, 30,000 exhibitors, hundreds of events, and over a billion pounds a year to London. It sustains thousands of jobs; it’s an anchor for London’s West End economy; it’s the most dearly-loved creative and business venue, locally, nationally, and globally.

Centrally located and close to Heathrow, Earl’s Court is an essential international marketing platform for thousands of small businesses and world brands. East London’s Excel is not suitable for most of the Earl’s Court shows. Some that transferred there, like the Boat Show, lost visitors; others were forced, by popular demand, to return to Earl’s Court.

Madness at Earl’s Court 2010. Photo Nick Pickles © Anglo Management

The owner of the Earl’s Court leases proposes to demolish the Exhibition Centres and build 7,500 flats in blocks up to 30 storeys high, along with two million square feet of offices. Its refusal to grant tenancies post 2013 will force successful, market-leading exhibitions and events to close, prevent hundreds of businesses from trading, and terminate the incomes of thousands of people.

Why, in the midst of a property-busted recession, should anybody be allowed to destroy a sustainable, profitable, commercial, global brand, which generates thousands of jobs and maintains hundreds of businesses, to develop infertile luxury flats for speculative gain by off-shore interests?

London is already short of exhibition space for national and international events, and the UK is losing revenue and trade to other countries. The demolition of Earl’s Court would contract the industry, deplete foreign visitors, destroy jobs, decimate businesses, and rob us of our heritage. The disruption to commerce would diminish economic output, and deprive the Treasury of billions of pounds of tax revenues.

On the other side of the tracks: West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates are in the upper part of the photo beyond the Empress State and the Lillie Bridge Rail Depot

For the past three years, the West Kensington & Gibbs Green council estates have held the line against the £8 billion Earl’s Court redevelopment. Our homes stand on the original Western Gardens of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Grounds, created in the 1880s to attract the highest, and most fashionable echelons of society.

Because we are a diverse community living on valuable land next to the Exhibition Centres, the Council labelled our neighbourhood not decent and decided our estates should be demolished. There’s nothing wrong with our homes; we’re proud of our close-knit community; we love this area.

Capital & Counties is spending £1 million a month to pursue demolition; it’s given the Council £5 million; and TfL hopes to make £200 million. We’re not intimidated; we won’t be bullied into demolition: we shall not be moved!

The British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court 2010 ©sampsonlloyd@tournamentimages.com

Suddenly, the Leader of the Council, Stephen Greenhalgh, this scheme’s driver and originator, is exiled to be Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. The venture has lost its motivator, just as this project unravels at the seams, and when Europe teeters on the brink of financial meltdown.

We’ve redoubled our efforts to save our homes, reminding the developer’s associates that they must behave ethically and telling them what the people really think. Now, backed by the legal team that won the Shepherd’s Bush Market Judicial Review, we’ve launched High Court proceedings against the planning policy underpinning the demolition of the Exhibition Centres. We’ve asked the Court to declare it unlawful.

West Kensington resident, Rita Vlahopoulou, ready to share residents’ views with shareholders at CapCo’s AGM on 20 April 2012

If you love Earl’s Court, if it’s part of your life, your memories, and your livelihood, act now! Discuss Earl’s Court with colleagues and friends; organise exhibitions and events; write to Government Ministers, the Mayor, and others. Bring on the music!

Join and communicate via Facebook; follow on Twitter @saveEarlsCourt; learn more about the history.

If you want to talk tactics or offer particular support, please contact Jonathan Rosenberg, Community Organiser: 07961 301 801; jlnr49@gmail.com

 

Prince Charles opens the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court, 16 March 2012

High Court challenge for Earl’s Court plans

by vgm8383/Flickr

West Kensington & Gibbs Green Tenants & Residents Associations (Claimants) have launched legal proceedings in the High Court of Justice against the planning policy underpinning the Earl’s Court scheme.

Residents allege that the adoption of the Earl’s Court/West Kensington Supplementary Planning Document by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (Defendants) was unlawful. The Court is requested to declare the adoption unlawful and to quash the decisions. The claim was served also on Interested Parties: EC Properties; Transport for London; and the Mayor of London’s Office/ Greater London Authority.

Michael Webster, a partner in the City firm Webster Dixon representing the Claimants states:

“The Defendants have failed to follow the correct procedures in adopting their regeneration plans despite receiving several warnings from residents and others that their actions were unlawful. There is an overwhelming objection by the residents   to the demolition of their homes for the sake of a private development. The protection of family homes and the welfare of individuals, many of whom are vulnerable, should not be sacrificed for the profits of a billion pound developer.”

Gregory Jones QC and Sarah Sackman of Francis Taylor Building Chambers (Barristers) have been instructed by Webster Dixon to represent the Claimants. The Claimants have requested a Judicial Review on the grounds:

Ground 1 – The Earl’s Court “SPD” policy document is in substance an Area Action Plan (AAP) and as such is a development plan document (‘DPD’) for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004 (‘the 2004 Regulations’).

Ground 2 – By endorsing the conclusions of the Estates Regeneration Economic Appraisal (EREA), which assessed four different development options all of which were in breach of strategic planning policy for failing to meet affordable housing targets, the Defendants acted unlawfully and/or took into account an irrelevant consideration and further acted unlawfully and irrationally in adopting a supplementary planning policy which was in conflict with adopted planning policy and/or failed to give cogent reasons for departing from policy.

Ground 3 – Breach of s.149 Equality Act 2010 and/or failure to take into account material considerations about the impacts of the proposed plans on protected groups, particularly, black and minority ethnic individuals.

Ground 4 – Unlawful failure to consider the need to replace the social housing lost to the estates’ demolition in breach of the LBHF core strategy.

Ground 5 – Multiple breaches of the SEA Directive and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/1633).

By Teri Pengilley

Sally Taylor (above right), Chair of West Kensington Tenants & Residents Association, and Diana Belshaw (above left), Chair of Gibbs Green Tenants & Residents Association said: “This is a close knit community; there’s nothing wrong with our homes; we won’t be bullied into demolition. The Council’s planning policy is not only immoral; now we have asked the High Court of Justice to declare it unlawful.”

Sir John Skynner 1723-1805 Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer of Pleas, 1786, by Thomas Gainsborough

FIND OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE REALLY THINK!

Welcome to the labyrinth!

From Kafkaesque to labyrinthine, our investigation of the Council’s analysis of consultation responses explores a surreal world, peopled by Council Officers of every rank, now joined by the Council’s Joint Chief Executive, Derek Myers.

In this bizarre domain, no statement the Council makes, trivial or vital, can be trusted. In this land of illusion, the Council’s pronounced truth is our proven fiction.

As the People’s Estates continue their quest for reality, we discover that the castle can only be approached through the labyrinth. We publish below our reply to Mr Myers, along with his letter, and we appeal to the public, please help us make sense of this plot!

COUNCIL’S DEFENCE AGAINST CHARGE OF SYSTEMATIC BIAS

WE WERE ALL ON HOLIDAY; AND WE DON’T LIKE SWEARING!

We publish below the reply from the Council, including mysterious attachments: “undeliverable” email receipt, and ‘out of office’ response.

 

COULD DO BETTER! RESIDENTS REPLY TO LETTER FROM COUNCIL’S DIRECTOR OF HOUSING

 

 

 

 

FIND OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE REALLY THINK!

Residents expose Council’s ‘Kafkaesque’ obstruction of their attempts to validate its consultation analysis

We reported previously here our suspicions about the Council’s analysis of responses to its consultation on its proposed redevelopment of the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates and the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres.

We publish below the latest episode in the extraordinary saga of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s behaviour, which appears designed to hide the truth of what the people really think, and which contributes to misleading Councillors, the public, and the Government in the run-up to the Council’s Cabinet decision on 23 July 2012 about whether or not to approve the Conditional Land Sale Agreement to Capital and Counties PLC.

The ‘Kafka Castle’ designed by Ricardo Bofill in 1968

You can view our letter to Mr. Barrett dated 29 May 2012 here.

FIND OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE REALLY THINK!

Residents propose alternative Right to Transfer Regulations to Government

We publish below the response WKGGCH submitted today to the Government’s consultation on the draft Regulations for implementing a tenant group’s Right to Transfer council estates to a housing association (registered provider of social housing) under section 34A of the Housing Act 1985.

The draft Regulations proposed by the department for Communities and Local Government are unfit for purpose. They negate the purposes of section 34A of the Act, they are unworkable, and they are unenforceable.

Using the most relevant legislation and experience, we have drafted Regulations, which we believe best effect section 34A of the Act, are proven workable, and which we propose the Government should adopt.

You can view WKGGCH’s alternative S34A Housing Act 1985 Regulations here.

You can view WKGGCH’s alternative S34A Housing Act 1985 Regulations here.

FIND OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE REALLY THINK!

Council warned: Your consultation is biased!

West Ken & Gibbs Green residents stand firm at one of the Council’s recent consultation events

Full text of residents’ letter to Hammersmith & Fulham’s Director of Housing

FIND OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE REALLY THINK!

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