Lambeth’s Labour-dominated council are ploughing ahead with their hugely controversial decision to demolish Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace – even though people living there have not been given the right to a ballot on whether or not they want their homes demolished.
In utterly bizarre and outrageous statements – highlighted below – Homes for Lambeth say: “We know that residents have been frustrated at the lack of obvious progress following the cabinet decision in April 2017. “Now we are now fully staffed we are able to begin the serious work of rebuilding Central Hill.”
News From Crystal Palace contacted Lambeth council after an article appeared in Architects Journal announcing that “it is taking the controversial regeneration of its 1960s Central Hill estate in south London back in-house after ditching a contractor it had picked to lead the project.”
In a statement to News From Crystal Palace – which includes accompanying comments from Homes for Lambeth – the council say:
Homes for Lambeth (HfL) is the organisation that Lambeth council has set up to lead the regeneration of Central Hill estate, as well as other regeneration estates. It is wholly owned by Lambeth and fully accountable to the council.
Over recent months, HfL has established a strong team with significant experience in the building industry. One of the first decisions taken by Homes for Lambeth was not to proceed with appointing Mace to be the Development Management Team who ‘subject to contract’ had been chosen to work with residents to design the new estate.
This decision was not taken lightly, specifically given the effort and time put in by residents to progress the appointment of the Development Management Team. Homes for Lambeth however believes that significant costs can be saved by managing the work in-house as well as giving more control on key decisions.
An Hfl spokesperson said: “We know that residents have been frustrated at the lack of obvious progress following the cabinet decision in April 2017. Now we are now fully staffed we are able to begin the serious work of rebuilding Central Hill.
The next steps are to work with residents and architects to develop a viable masterplan for the whole estate.”
HfL are also going to build homes on the edge of the estate. As well as showing residents the quality of the buildings that Homes for Lambeth can deliver, they will also help to provide homes for residents when the main estate building work begins.
Homes for Lambeth is finalising how it will progress and timing of this, and more details will be reported in future newsletters.
Central Hill: Lambeth to bring controversial overhaul back in-house by Ella Jessel Architects Journal 17 April, 2019