Cressingham Estate Redevelopment Quashed over Failure to Examine Heritage Issues

Several times we covered Lambeth’s crazy plan to demolish 3 of the finest Council estates in London all of which should be conservation areas. BTW in London EH can do moe than recommend they re declared conservation areas, they should declare them.


Lambeth Council has quashed the planning permission it gave to one of its controversial estate regeneration schemes, instead of fighting a legal challenge from residents

In February, Lambeth’s planning committee approved plans by Homes for Lambeth, the local authority’s wholly-owned housing company, to demolish 12 homes on the Cressingham Gardens estate.

Last week it was announced that residents had been granted a judicial review of the scheme, which would have been the third legal challenge over the Ted Hollamby-designed estate’s regeneration.

Residents had launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the challenge but yesterday (21 July) the council took the surprise decision to cancel planning permission for the scheme, instead of spending more taxpayers’ money in court.

The challenge would have focused on whether or not the council had properly considered the heritage aspects of the regeneration scheme, which was drawn up by Conran and Partners.

Instead of a court battle, the council said Homes for Lambeth would commission a further heritage assessment, which will then be submitted to the planning authority. The council will then need to re-consult all interested parties.

A Lambeth Council spokesperson said it regretted the scheme would be delayed but added: ‘We’re not prepared to spend more taxpayers’ money contesting a challenge that could end up delaying these new homes for at least another year while we wait for a court date.

‘Quashing the original permission, and ensuring that an updated plan is put before the Planning Applications Committee, is the cheapest and quickest way of resolving this issue in the interests of everyone in Lambeth.’

Residents fought the latest demolition plans, arguing that the council was seeking to ‘salami-slice’ the estate by securing approval for piecemeal demolitions.

Then in 2016 the council was challenged again over its decision to approve redevelopment, but a judge ruled the council had acted lawfully.

In 2020, the mayor of London withdrew about £35 million from three estate regeneration schemes in south London, including Cressingham Gardens, after they slipped behind schedule.

The estate has already brought two legal challenges against the council. In 2015, Lambeth was forced to rerun a consultation after a court ruled an option for refurbishment had been unfairly dropped.

The funding withdrawal means the council will now have to ballot residents on its plans for Cressingham Gardens, if it involves the demolition of any social homes and the construction of 150 or more homes.

Cressingham was designed and built between 1969 and 1979 by a team of Lambeth Council architects led by architect Ted Hollamby. It comprises 306 homes arranged around a series of connected walkways.

Resident Jo Parkes of Save Cressingham Gardens said: ‘We hope that Lambeth will finally recognise the heritage importance of Cressingham and give it the conservation status that English Heritage suggested back in 2013, rather than wasting time and money on demolition proposals that do not have resident support.’

Doncaster Inspector Endorses Jobs Led Local Plan Target – So why isnt the Darlington Inspector?

Doncaster Inspector

.The significant uplift is intended to allow additional people to live in the
Borough to ensure a sufficient working population to take account of the
number of additional jobs that the Plan aims to accommodate. This is based
on reasonable assumptions about economic activity rates, unemployment,
double-jobbing and commuting. If all those assumptions are correct, and the
1% job growth were to be achieved every year of the Plan period, the
evidence indicates that nearly 1,100 new homes could be needed every year.
Such household growth would be broadly in line with the number of new
homes built in recent years, although significantly higher than the longer term
average level of completions,

Predicting household growth is not an exact science, and I am satisfied that
the uplift of over 60% from the standard local housing need figure is based on
proportionate evidence and can be regarded as aspirational but deliverable
given the number of homes built in recent years

This is exactly the same pretty much as Darlington – the chancellors poster child for levelling up – so why is the inspector such a different anti-jobs conclusion?

Buckinghamshire complains Aylesbury Link Dropped From East West Rail – Err you Withdrew from Arc Leadership Group, Actions have Consequences

MK Citizen

Councillors in Bucks have urged the government to commit to building a rail link between Aylebury and Milton Keynes.

‘The Buckinghamshire Line’ would be a spur line of the East-West Rail link and would provide easy access between MK and the county town.

The project would also include work to dual the track between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury

Councillor Mark Winn, who represents the Aylesbury East Ward of Buckinghamshire Council, said: “We welcome the £760m that the Government has announced it is investing in East-West Rail and the 1,500 jobs it will create.

“However, we remain concerned that this recent funding announcement did not commit to the completion of the proposed spur between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. This spur was originally conceived as a key part of this project.”

Cllr Winn added: “So many residents in Bucks, not just in Aylesbury, but along the current route of the current Chiltern line in Buckinghamshire would benefit from the building of a North South railway along the entire length of the county and the dualling of track between Aylesbury and Princess Risborough.

“I am therefore urging government to rename this line “the Buckinghamshire Line” to reflect the significance to the whole of the county.

“The track is there, the need is there, but we now need the Government to put in the investment to get the trains running.”