Wednesday 21 August 2019

More meetings to be held on South Kilburn ballot while concerns mount over decant options

Perhaps as a result of recent protests by residents Brent Council is offering additional consultation dates regarding the ballot on South Kilburn regeneration. The ballot begins on September 20th.

An issue not addressed in the FAQs is where exactly those residents displaced by regeneration (if the ballot gives the go-ahead) will be decanted to. A Resident Advisor from Communities First who deal with South Kilburn told Wembley Matters:
South Kilburn is a phased scheme currently programmed to complete by 2027. At the time tenants in each phase are required to move there are options of new homes or existing council properties available. I understand that the Landlord Offer will detail the phasing.

The Council's purchase of the new Gloucester and Durham buildings will also generate an additional 160 currently unallocated homes.
Meanwhile there is confusion over the status of the Queen's Park/Cullen House site development, termed a 'site of vital importance' by the Council as it links Queen's Park  to South Kilburn. Planning permission was granted in 2012, amended in 2017 and the go-ahead to appoint a developer given in October 2017. So far no developer has been appointed. 39 of the proposed 137 homes had been earmarked for decanted tenants but around 270 tenants would need to be rehoused from William Dunbar and William Saville House alone.

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