Next consultation event

Following the recent Judicial Review ruling the Council will now resume and conclude consultation on all the options that were being considered in the period before March this year, that is Options 1, 2 and 3, as well as Options 4 and 5. 

Feedback from residents to this resumed consultation will be recorded and will be presented to Cabinet members so they can make an informed decision. A detailed timetable will be confirmed in early January 2016. However, I can confirm the details of the next exhibition. The details are: Where? The Rotunda Community Hall When? 2pm to 8pm 20th January 2016 We will send out a reminder early in the New Year.

You can RSVP for the event here:

http://estateregeneration.lambeth.gov.uk/20th_january_exhibition

Below you will find answers to a number of questions you may have. However, if your question is not answered there, then please get in touch with the Estate Regeneration team. You can use the details below:

Call: 0207 926 2452 / 0207 926 3607

E: cressinghamgardens@lambeth.gov.uk

What has happened?

As I hope, you are aware on the 24th November Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing delivered her judgment on a Judicial Review which had been brought by a resident on the estate. The Judge found that the Council's decision to stop consulting on refurbishment options (known as Options 1, 2 and 3) earlier this year was incorrect. The Council had explained that Options 1, 2 and 3 were withdrawn after it became clear that they were unaffordable. The reasons that the Judge gave for her decision was that she did not consider that the Council had provided enough evidence to show that there had been a change in circumstances to justify the withdrawal of Options 1, 2 and 3 from the consultation. As a Council, we have expressed disappointment at this decision, but to allow us to give as much certainty to residents as possible within a reasonable timeframe we have decided not to appeal against the ruling and to conclude the consultation process.

What does this mean for the Key Guarantees?

Previously the Council published a set of ‘Key Guarantees’ for both tenants and homeowners. They included:

  • For tenants, a guarantee that you will be offered a new home on the estate that meets your housing needs;
  • For leaseholders, a guarantee that there will be a variety of options which will enable you to remain living on the estate in a new home.

Because of the ruling made in the Judicial Review the Key Guarantees are no longer in effect. This means the Council is not able to consider new applications from tenants to transfer away from the estate or leaseholders to purchase their home under the rules laid out in the Key Guarantees. Tenants are able to apply for a transfer as normal. For those who have already contacted the Council with a view to pursuing an offer under the Key Guarantees we will be in touch shortly to explain what this means to you.

What does this mean for the recent Design and Management Team exhibition?

As the Council is resuming and concluding the consultation process on the future of the estate the process to appoint a development management team has been put on hold. After consultation is complete, the Council will need to consider whether this process would need to be terminated, re-run or continue in its current form. The Council can’t provide greater clarity at this stage as this is dependent the outcome of consultation in the New Year.

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