Final phase of Peabody redevelopment approved… by a thin margin just before election time

Author: Cyril Richert

Peabody Estate St John’s Hill – Credit: CJAG

The Planning Application Committee meeting on Tuesday 26th of April 2022 was as many other meetings in appearance. However, seen a few weeks later, it was very special in several aspects. First of all, the councillors had to decide the second amendment of the Peabody redevelopment in St Johns Hill. All Tory Councillors voted in favour, and all Labour Councillors (but one!) voted against. But it was also for most of them a farewell to the Council decisions in their role of councillors.

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Focus on the new retail association in Clapham Junction two years after setup

Author: Cyril Richert

The BID zone

Part of the retail businesses in Clapham Junction are now grouped into a geographical area association called Business Improvement District (BID) in which the local businesses have voted to invest together to improve their environment. Continue reading

Peabody are determined to remove the remaining market tenants from the estate

Author: Tony Bird

Peabody Estate St John’s Hill – Credit: CJAG

Did anyone at Peabody board level ever care about the fate of the to-be-removed market rent tenants?

At least Tony Bird does. This Independent Housing Adviser/Consultant was approached by concerned parents at the local school to try and help the Tenants who at that time were facing being made homeless just before Christmas of 2021. Since then, he has worked relentlessly to prevent this situation and find a solution to re-house Peabody’s tenants. In this article, he talks about his experience. Continue reading

Update on work and new tenants for Arding & Hobbs

Author: Cyril Richert

Arding & Hobbs in March 2022

For several months now we have seen activity along the Arding & Hobbs building with scaffolding erected, protections put in place, windows being taken out to be restored… etc. It’s time to give you a little update on the progress, including the potential retailers that could occupy the building. Continue reading

Not another one! Parma Crescent application again

Author: Cyril Richert

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5 Parma Crescent SW11 1LT – Building work underway

The life of planning application for 5 Parma Crescent looks like a groundhog day. While the construction has started (at least the demolition and the huge excavation as shown on the picture above), the developers have now realised that not only the size of the new construction put next door building at risk, but they are also blocking a side entrance. This is somewhat “problematic” to use the applicant’s own word! Continue reading

Tricks and techniques used by Councils during estate regeneration consultations

Author: Julika Gittner

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St Raphael’s Estate: Co Design Redevelopment Workshops – Credit: Brent Council YouTube video

‘This isn’t a ballot, it’s a fix.’ – This article is the second part of two posts on how to resist manipulative resident consultation tactics with the help of art.

Besides the blatant promotion of a YES vote, estate regeneration consultation tool kits often include a whole set of other powerful manipulation techniques aimed at influencing residents’ opinions. These include distorting, decontextualising, misrepresenting or withholding vital information about the estate’s current or proposed social and economic condition as well as overloading residents with reams of meaningless infographics testifying their ‘engagement’ that are intended to create a fictional image of consensus.

To resist these manipulations, it is important to understand some of the basic tricks to look out for and to find ways to produce, represent and disseminate counter evidence. The list is long but for the purpose of this article I will focus on two key vehicles: culture, statistics and withholding of key information. Continue reading

Manufacturing of resident consent: the propaganda to force estate regenerations

Author: Julika Gittner

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St Raphael’s Estate Co design Workshop 4 – Credit: Brent Council YouTube video

‘This isn’t a ballot, it’s a fix.’ – This article is the first part of two posts on how to resist manipulative resident consultation tactics with the help of art.

Across London residents on social housing estates are being ‘consulted’ on councils’ or private developers’ plans to regenerate their estates. Whether these consultations are conducted to fulfil the statutory requirement to secure GLA funding or as part of private developers’ tick box engagement exercises, all resident consultations are supposed to follow the mayor’s Good practice guide to estate regeneration guidance.

However, the guide’s recommendation for consultations to be ‘meaningful’ and ‘transparent’ (p.12) is a far cry from the reality experienced by residents across the city. Continue reading

A 18 storey tower for co-living proposed on Battersea Park Road (2nd revision to scrap all affordable units and 5 years delay)

Author: Cyril Richert

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Proposed tower on Battersea Park Road.

Developers are applying for a building of up to 18 storeys high entirely dedicated to co-living space (up to 213 shared-living units with gym, bar, lunge, workspace…etc), just beside the Harris Academy on Battersea Park Road (p.a. 2021/5013). Continue reading

Is a digital advertising screen appropriate in a small residential street?

Author: Cyril Richert

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Digital display screen on 42 Lavender Hill – Photo montage by CJAG

Planning Application 2021/4548 has been submitted for erection a digital display screen on the side building of 42 Lavender Hill, on Ashley Crescent’s side of block. The proposal for the façade fronting Ashley Crescent will be highly visible and disturbing for the residents with windows directly fronting the digital display. Continue reading