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Central Hill estate, Lambeth

476 homes are earmarked for demolition on Lambeth's Central Hill estate.

Central Hill is the largest of Lambeth's five estates earmarked for demolition.

It was first earmarked for potential redevelopment in a December 2014 Cabinet decision.

Lambeth says that it is demolishing the estate because the cost of refurbishing the existing homes is £44,000 per dwelling when its average cost for other estates is only £16,000 and that the Council simply doesn't have the £18.5m required.

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In 2019, an FOI request revealed that Lambeth is estimated to be spending £94m alone on buying back leasehold properties across its 5 estate demolitions.

Whilst the decant and re-housing programme started in 2016, the estate remains fully occupied with void units being let out at full market rents or as temporary accommodation at LHA rates.

The estate is not one of those listed as having agreed grant funding from the mayor or that has been exempted from his requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

In November 2020, Lambeth approved a 'kick-start' initial phase of redevelopment involving a decanted block previously used for temporary housing.

In early 2023, Lambeth Council announced that is was pausing the redevelopment of Central Hill and two other estates (Fenwick and Cressingham Gardens) after a critical report recommended a ‘fundamental reset’ to the way it handles the long-running projects.

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