West Ken residents continue campaign

Residents on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates have made new legal moves to take control of the two estates.

A submission was handed in to minister John Denham asking the for new regulations to be crafted allowing control of the two estates to be handed to the community, reports the Hammersmith Chronicle. Under the Housing Act, tenants and leaseholders can ask the relevant Secretary of State to force the local authority to hand the estates to a resident-controlled registered housing group.

In a document submitted on January 13, residents outlined the costs and reasons for the transfer and details of how the estates could be managed.

This application would affect plans for neighbouring Earls Court, where Capco has completed its site assembly, and intends to bring forward plans to create a major new mixed use development.

A council spokesman said: “We’re happy to work with residents but we feel at this time the considerable opportunities that could be realised from redevelopment, including new jobs, health and leisure facilities should be explored further.”

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