Protesters campaigning against a new report by Labour minister Andrew Adonis rallied outside the RIBA last night (24 March)
The group of campaigners were outside the RIBA as Adonis launched a controversial report in which he said ‘city villages’ should be created from council estates.
The report, entitled City villages: more homes, better communities, concludes that councils should ‘systematically’ exploit their ‘vast ownership’ of housing estates to ‘pioneer the creation of many hundreds of new city villages’.
The report features a case study on the controversial £8 billion Earls Court redevelopment, masterplanned by Farrells.
Protesters said they were angry because people from the estate were never consulted about the report’s content.
‘The community is overwhelmingly opposed to the changes happening at Earls Court and for it to be cited as a prime example in this report is astonishing’, said Robin Hawkes, a protestor in support of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.
He added: ‘It is a pretence that it is meeting London’s housing needs. It is not. It is a foreign investment opportunity.’
Estate resident Linda Sanders, added: ‘We feel like a statistic being flushed out of London and our borough. We are fighting the demolition. We want to protect our homes.’