Positive result for Southwark’s first estate regeneration ballot
16 March 2021
Southwark Council has announced the results of its first estate regeneration ballot, on the Tustin Estate.
Following an independent ballot run by Civica, 86.6 per cent of the residents who voted said yes to the redevelopment option. Turn out was 64 per cent overall, but higher on the individual blocks affected and 73 per cent from the low rise blocks.
The proposal that was put forward to the residents was for the redevelopment of Tustin Estate, by demolishing the low rise blocks and rebuilding new replacement homes and additional, new council homes.
The three towers on the estate were not included as they are already part of a refurbishment programme, and after consultation with residents the council has also agreed to refurbish the homes in the Manor Grove block instead of including them in regeneration. However, residents in the towers and Manor Grove were still eligible to vote.
This option will also result in the creation of dedicated over 55s housing, a new park at the centre of the estate, a new Pilgrims’ Way Primary School and new retail and business spaces on the Old Kent Road and Ilderton Road
Cllr Stephanie Cryan, Cabinet Member for Council Housing, said: “This is a fantastic outcome and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents who have been so engaged and offered their thoughts and ideas as part of the consultations, especially the members of the Tustin Community Association.
“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.”
Andrew Eke, Chair of the Tustin Community Association (TCA), said: “We believe this is the right decision for the estate and its residents and we look forward to continue working with the council to bring the project forward over the next few years.”
Please note, this option will result in the replacement of all existing homes subject to demolition, both council homes and resident leaseholder homes (249 homes), and an estimated additional 440 new homes will be built. At least 50% of the additional homes will be council homes with the remainder being for private sale.
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