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Plans emerge for future of Grenfell tower site

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Decisions on the future of the site of the Grenfell Tower fire will be transferred to a new body representing residents and representatives of the bereaved, the government has announced

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government today released a set of principles governing decisions on the future of the site.

It said that the ‘common assumption’ was that consultation on the future of the site would lead to a fitting memorial to those who lost their lives.

‘As part of the process, the community will lead decision-making on what happens to the Grenfell Tower Site in the Future, with the voice of the bereaved carrying the most weight,’ said the document.

‘In accordance with this weighting … the bereaved shall have a veto on all future decisions, equivalent to a 50 per cent representative vote.’

As part of the document, Kensington and Chelsea Council stated that it had no plans for the site and that a plan for housing on the site would not be imposed on the survivors or local community.

The council has promised that work on the future of the site is carried out alongside work on the improvements to the Lancaster West estate, ‘so that the area becomes a place where the tragedy can be remembered and the local community thrives’.

‘Kensington and Chelsea Council accepts that any future improvements to the Lancaster West estate will be sensitive to, and not negatively impact the site,’ the statement said.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘I have always been clear that only by first listening to the community can we begin to rebuild their trust.’

Shahin Sadafi, chair of Grenfell United, which represents survivors, the bereaved and the local community, said: ‘We are pleased that eight months on from the fire we finally have agreement that the bereaved, survivors and community will be at the heart of deciding the legacy of the site.

‘We hope working together to create a fitting memorial will be part of a healing process for everyone affected.’

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