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
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.
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. Further information is available about the impact
of the redevelopment of Wornington Green on the Venture
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
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
For more information please contact the Housing Strategy and
Regeneration Team, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX. Tel:
020 7361 3014