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Residents vote in favour of Ledbury towers regeneration

1 April 2021

Southwark Council has announced the results of the Ledbury Towers regeneration ballot.

Following an independent ballot run by Open Communities, 86 percent of the residents who voted said yes to the redevelopment option. Turn out was 56 percent of the eligible voters, including residents who have moved from the towers who have the right to return. The turnout was 77 percent from the residents who still live in the towers.

The proposal that was put forward to the residents was that all four of the towers will be demolished in phases, starting with Bromyard House, and replaced with new homes. The new homes will not be built all at once, but in phases and each phase will take around two years to build.

After new homes are built to replace the council homes in the towers that are demolished, half of any extra homes built will be council homes at council rents. First priority for the new homes will go to Ledbury Towers tenants and leaseholders, and those former tenants with a right to return.

Cllr Stephanie Cryan. Cabinet Member for Council Housing, said: “I would like to thank the residents on the Ledbury estate for their patience and engagement throughout this process. I know these have been challenging times since we first became aware of the problems in the towers and I am very happy we are now in a position to move forward and start work on providing quality homes for our residents.

“This proposal will not only offer better homes for existing residents, with more up to date designs for energy efficiency and space, but increase the number of new council homes on the estate providing more opportunities for local people living in housing need.”

Jeanette Mason, the Chair of the Ledbury Tenants & Residents Association said: "I am pleased that following extensive consultation the residents of the Ledbury Towers have had their say on the future of their homes and that they now have a clear way forward and timetable for well deserved new homes.”

Thomas Ennis a Ledbury towers resident said "I am pleased that we have a clear way forward and can leave all the problems with the original construction of the blocks behind us.”

Page last updated: 01 April 2021