Housing Regeneration and Development – Renewing the Legacy in Kensington and Chelsea

In 2011 the Council concluded a Housing Stock Options Review to secure the future of funding of its housing stock and services. This led to us look into the potential to regenerate some areas of the Royal Borough, to renew the legacy of high quality buildings in Kensington and Chelsea, and maintain our housing stock in good order for the future. We are also continuously reviewing value for money in the services we provide, and how we can be smarter with the Council’s housing assets. 

What is regeneration?

Housing regeneration, sometimes called housing renewal, is the process of renewing and upgrading the social housing stock in the Royal Borough. Many of the Council and housing association homes in the Royal Borough were built several decades ago. They are beginning to show signs of wear and tear that sometimes cannot just be repaired.  

Where appropriate, plans may be developed for the demolition of housing blocks or housing estates, to replace them with better quality, more modern homes that improve the environment and quality of life for residents. This will be always be done with full consultation between residents and the Council, to make sure that the outcomes benefit the whole community.

Sometimes regeneration can mean much smaller scale works too, finding opportunities to improve the function of our housing, or increase the amount of housing available by using areas of existing estates and blocks more creatively.

What’s happening?

The Council is working with the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) to build a small number of new homes in parts of our estates which are not in use. Visit our Hidden Homes page for more information. 

The Wornington Green Estate, owned by Catalyst Housing Ltd, received planning consent from the Council for a major regeneration in 2010. Building works are well underway and the first new homes are now being lived in. It will however take around 12 years to deliver a major change to the north end of Portobello Road and Wornington Road, providing many more homes in the borough, and an opportunity to improve the local park and play facilities. You can find out more about this project on the Wornington Green Estate website (opens link in new window).  Further information is available about the impact of the redevelopment of Wornington Green on the Venture Centre.

The Silchester Estate owned by the Council, is undergoing regeneration. Working with our partner Peabody, we are developing new housing, a community facility and a new retail unit on the site previously occupied by garages and the Latymer Children’s Centre. We have set up separate Silchester regeneration pages on this site to provide more detailed information on what is happening.

The Elkstone Road site in front of Trellick Tower is currently being used as a temporary coach park.  However we plan to develop the area in the long-term, along with the disused garage space at the base of Trellick Tower, in order to invest in and improve the area. Find out more on our Trellick and Edenham Way webpage.

The Council is currently reviewing its housing and accommodation for older people. We want to give people a greater choice about where they live as they get older and we also need to prepare for future demands.

The Council is also working with Octavia Housing on the redevelopment of the Kensington Day Centre for older people. This will provide a brand new community hub, with lots of activities for older people and a café. Redevelopment will also create 13 fully accessible one bedroom flats, due for completion in 2015 and available for rent for people over the age of 60.

For more information please contact the Housing Strategy and Regeneration Team, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX. Tel: 020 7361 3014