South Kilburn Estate residents back regeneration plans in London’s biggest resident ballot
16 October 2019
Residents in South Kilburn have overwhelmingly backed council plans to rebuild their neighbourhood, following the biggest ever resident ballot of its kind in London it was revealed today (Oct 16).
84% of eligible residents living in blocks that are planned to be demolished voted Yes in the ballot, with 72% of residents taking part in the vote.
The ballot was the first in Brent, and largest in the capital, since a new initiative from the Mayor of London made funding for council home building programmes dependent on approval from residents. The new guidelines make sure local people have the final say on the future of their neighbourhoods.
The regeneration of South Kilburn is already halfway through. Following the Yes vote, 1,400 homes for existing council tenants and households in temporary accommodation will be rebuilt. Meanwhile, other improvements to the neighbourhood including parks, roads and open spaces will now also go ahead as planned.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, said: “The community has always been at the heart of plans to improve South Kilburn, so it is only right that local people had the final say on the future of their neighbourhood. Over the past 10 years we have carried out a tremendous amount of work alongside residents, listening to their views and ensuring these are prioritised. That will continue to be the case as the award-winning regeneration programme moves forward.”
All current tenants are guaranteed to get a modern, safe and comfortable home on the rebuilt estate if they want one, while leaseholders can either 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. Households living in temporary accommodation will be entitled to a secure tenancy in a new home on the estate when one becomes available.
The council has written to all eligible residents to share the ballot result, and what will happen next.