The redevelopment scheme

As part of our Community Investment Programme we are looking at all our housing estates. This is to consider how best to use our assets and land to improve, shape and transform key places.

In December 2013 the Council’s Cabinet gave the go ahead for the redevelopment of the Agar Grove estate. In April 2014 our planning application was approved.

The key aspects of the redevelopment are:

  • demolition of all the low-rise buildings on the estate. Apart from the two L&Q housing association blocks and the Agar Children’s Centre
  • enough new Camden Council homes will be built for all existing tenants who want to continue living at Agar Grove. This includes tenants in the Lulworth tower block who will move into new blocks managed by the Agar Grove Co-op, This is with a concierge
  • the Council will buy back leasehold and freehold homes
  • new-build flats and refurbished flats in Lulworth will be sold on an outright basis to fund the redevelopment scheme. Some will be rented at Camden Living Rent to people living and working in the borough
  • an integrated landscaping plan with communal gardens and play spaces, gardens shared between blocks, and improved access and parking.

Right to Buy and Compulsory Purchase Order

In November 2014 an Initial Demolition Notice was served on all council tenants living in the low-rise blocks. This was in accordance with Schedule 5A of the Housing Act 1985. This suspended the processing of Right to Buy applications for all homes to be demolished within the five years from December 2014:

In November 2019 a second Initial Demolition Notice was served on all council tenants living in the low-rise blocks that are still to be demolished. This extended suspension of the processing of Right to Buy applications for these homes. The second notice expires on 31 July 2022. However, we plan to demolish these homes shortly after the tenants move into their new homes in summer 2020.

On 7 May 2019 the Council made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect of Phases 1c and 2a of the redevelopment scheme. A CPO is a legal tool which public bodies can use to allow the improvement, development and redevelopment of land.

On 11 July 2019 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed the CPO. Notice of confirmation of the CPO was published in the Camden New Journal on 1 August 2019. This meant that the Council now had the power to compulsorily purchase the land identified in the CPO:

On 15 November 2019 the Council made a General Vesting Declaration (GVD). This is a formal procedure that gives the Council the right to take over the ownership and possession of the properties covered by the GVD. Ownership of the properties covered by the GVD will vest in the Council on 1 April 2020.

On 15 January 2020 the Council served a Certificate in Support of Service of a General Vesting Declaration. This confirmed that service of the GVD was completed on 22 November 2019. Land covered by the GVD will vest in the Council on 1 April 2020:

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has produced a series of booklets. These explain, in simple terms, how the compulsory purchase system works.

Most recent consultation

The current construction phase is due to complete in summer 2020.

We propose to make some minor amendments to the planning permission for the subsequent construction phase. In July 2019 we held a consultation event to explain these proposals to the estate’s residents.

Residents living in streets neighbouring the estate, local businesses, amenity groups and other stakeholders were also invited to the event.

Previous consultation events

Council's Cabinet and Development Control Committee approved the redevelopment after a series of resident consultation events.

We displayed images of the new buildings and their surroundings at an exhibition in December 2013:

Following approval of the redevelopment we held other events. In July 2014 we exhibited images of the insides of the new buildings. This was the communal areas and inside the new homes:

In April 2015 we appointed Hill as the contractor to build the first two phases of the redevelopment scheme.

Completion of first new homes and show flat

The first phase of the redevelopment - a Passivhaus certified block of 38 new council homes - completed in April 2018. Tenants living on the estate moved into their new home later that month.

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - Ph1a front

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - Ph1a entrance

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - Ph1a rear

Before people moved in to the new homes, the estate’s residents were invited to visit a show flat in the block.

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - show flat LR

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - show flat bed

Agar Grove estate redevelopment - show flat bath

Public art

The planning permission for the redevelopment includes a condition about providing new public art on the estate. Five artists displayed their proposals at an exhibition in November 2018.

Residents' favourite proposal was by The Decorators so they have now been commissioned to fully develop their ideas.

Privacy notice

Name and contact details of the Data Controller

London Borough of Camden, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9JE

Phone: 020 7974 4444

Name and contact details of the Data Protection Officer

Andrew Maughan, Borough Solicitor

Email: dpo@camden.gov.uk

The purpose of the processing

1. To facilitate participation by residents (including the estate’s tenants and leaseholders, and local residents) in consultation about the redevelopment of the Agar Grove estate. At different stages of the scheme residents are asked to choose between options, or give opinions, including on development proposals, scheme design, naming of new streets and blocks, and public art proposals. Names and addresses are collected to identify who responds to consultations and, where appropriate, to ensure only one response is counted from any one household. Contact phone numbers and email addresses are collected to facilitate contact with residents about consultations and the redevelopment scheme generally.

2. To facilitate the rehousing of the estate’s tenants into new homes on the estate or elsewhere in the borough.

The legal basis for processing

We will process your personal data with your consent Under Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will only process your Special Categories Data if you give explicit consent under Article 9(2)(a) of GDPR.

The categories of personal data that we will process are:

Details of household members including name, date of birth, address, contact phone numbers and email address.

The special categories of data we will process are:

Sex, information about health / disability.

The categories of recipients that the Council has or will disclose the data to:

  • Staff in the Development team.
  • Staff in the Placements team. Personal data provided while collecting tenants’ rehousing preferences is shared with the Placements team to facilitate the allocation to tenants of a new home on the estate or housing off the estate.

Contact details for Camden Council tenants and leaseholders are added to the Council’s database, Northgate, which is used by housing services including housing management, repairs, placements and leaseholder services.

We also undertake general data matching or data sharing in certain areas for the prevention or detection of crime. Find out more on our Data Protection and privacy web page.

The Council does not intend to disclose the data to any other third parties. However, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations. When dealing with requests under this act, the Council has the right to refuse to provide sensitive material and/or to redact (remove or render illegible) any personal information so that individuals cannot be identified.

We will not transfer your personal data outside the EU/EEA.

The criteria used to decide the retention period.
Contact details will be retained on Northgate until you tell us they have changed.
Feedback and preferences forms will be retained for up to seven years.

Your data subject rights

You have the right to request a copy of the information we hold about you, the right to ask us to rectify, erase or restrict processing of your data, the right to ask for data portability, the right to object to automated decision making, and if we are relying on consent the right to withdraw consent at any time. There are some exemptions to these rights. Find out more on our 'Your rights' web page and the ICO website for more information.

To exercise these rights please use our web form.

The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

You can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are unhappy with how the Council has handled your personal data. It would be helpful if you contacted us first at dpa@camden.gov.uk to see if we can resolve the problem. You can contact the ICO at Email: casework@ico.org.uk / phone 0303 123 1113, or post to Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

  • Giving personal data is not part of a statutory or contractual requirement or obligation.
  • Automated decision making or profiling.
  • We are not using automated decision making or profiling to process your personal data.

Contact the Development team

If you have any questions or comments about the Agar Grove estate redevelopment scheme please contact:

Email: cip@camden.gov.uk