London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the social fabric of London must not change as a result of ‘so-called estate regeneration’, and that tenants’ rights must be secured
Speaking on his regular Q&A session on LBC radio yesterday morning (8 August), Khan also said that new best practice guidance for estate regeneration would be published in autumn.
The guidance will stipulate that: residents must be properly consulted over estate regeneration plans; at least the same amount of social housing must be provided as is demolished or lost; and leaseholders’ rights must be protected.
‘What’s happened in the past is that tenants, leaseholders, council tenants, tenants from housing associations haven’t been consulted when it comes to regeneration and their rights are taken away from them,’ said Khan.
’The bad news is it has been going on for years. I did know about it; that’s why in our manifesto we set out our plans on how we were going to address this.
He added: ‘Obviously the more powers the government can give me the better; but in the meantime, we’re not sitting on our hands, we’re making sure we’re working with councils, housing associations and developers to make sure the social fabric of our city does not change as a consequence of these so-called estate regenerations.’
When asked by host James O’Brien about whether Khan had previously known about the ‘decanting of the poor on an industrial scale’, the London mayor replied: ‘Yes I did know about it – it has been going on for years.’
No social tenants or leaseholders will have their rights less strong than they are now
Later on in the broadcast, responding to a question asked by a listener about the Sutton Estate, Khan said that ’no social tenants or leaseholders will have their rights less strong than they are now’ during any future estate regeneration work.
He said: ‘They will have a right to return; there will be proper consultation.’