4 March 2019
Lambeth’s estate regeneration scheme has come under fire again as Green Councillor Pete Elliott (Gipsy Hill) accused the Council of causing high levels of distress and uncertainty amongst residents on the estate. The criticism comes following a meeting of the Central Hill Resident Project Group in which residents of Central Hill were informed of the next steps for the regeneration of the estate.
Central Hill is one of the six estates earmarked for demolition under Lambeth Council’s estate regeneration scheme.
Council officers have now confirmed that the next stage for the estate will be a standalone development “which can be delivered quickly and have little impact on the whole scheme rebuild”. The update from Council officers did not include a timeline for when residents can expect to see their homes demolished.
The decision to demolish and redevelop Central Hill was made by Lambeth Cabinet in March 2017. Councillor Elliott has noted that “since then residents on the estate have seen very little in the way of repairs to their homes, many of which have been left in shocking states with damp, mould and even rodent infestations”.
This is not the first time that Lambeth have faced criticism over the scheme. Last year Lambeth’s Green councillors proposed a motion to ballot residents on three of the estates following protests by over the ‘flawed’ consultation process. 
Green councillors are now calling on Lambeth to rethink their estate regeneration plans and to redo the financial viability assessments for all six regeneration states. Councillor Pete Elliott said:
“Lambeth appear to be recklessly pursuing their estate demolition plans with very little consideration of the risk involved or the harm they are causing to the health and lives of residents. The financial feasibility analysis for the demolition of Central Hill was presented to Cabinet two years ago. In that time very little has happened in terms of regeneration other than people being uprooted from their homes. The plans set out for the regeneration of Central Hill, and the other five estates, are clearly not fit for purpose; the Council must halt their risky, ill-thought-out programme of estate demolition and remodel the plans before any further damage is done.”