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Lambeth councillors to consider proposals to rebuild Central Hill estate

The future of the Central Hill Estate in Lambeth will be decided when the council’s cabinet meets to discuss proposals for it to be demolished and completely rebuilt.

In a statement, the council said officers had recommended the full rebuilding of the estate after what it saw was an “extended and intensive” process of consultation with residents. The proposal is considered the only “practical way to improve living conditions for all the people living on the estate”.

During a meeting this week (23 March), the council’s cabinet discuss the proposal, as well as consider the results of a formal consultation exercise last Autumn. This found that 55% of council tenants at Central Hill supported the proposal to completely rebuild the estate. A majority of homeowners and private tenants opposed the proposal.

“Rebuilding would see all the 460 properties on the estate replaced. All 320 existing council properties would be replaced with good-quality new homes at council-level rents, with a lifetime tenancy – meaning there would be no loss of social housing. Resident leaseholders would be offered affordable options to stay on the estate,” the council’s statement said.

The proposal would also include an additional 500 to 750 new homes on Central Hill, “with as many as possible affordable and at council-level rent”.

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