The Wendling and St Stephens Close Estate ballot has now taken place, with 75% of residents who voted voting in favour of regeneration. There was a turnout of 72% of eligible voters casting their vote. This result represents a major step forward for the estate. To read more about the outcome of the ballot, please see the Camden newsroom article here.
Please click on the tab above (‘Resident Ballot’) for more information regarding the ballot. Below are links to two videos on the ballot and regeneration process.
Background and context
Wendling Estate and St Stephens Close are located in the Gospel Oak ward and consist of 241 homes. Together they cover an area of 2.6 hectares and comprise 194 council tenanted homes and 47 leaseholder homes. The Estate was built in the 1970s with a variety of building types and is typical of social housing built during this period, in terms of construction, layout and design.
In 2010, the Council’s Cabinet identified key challenges facing the Gospel Oak area including those highlighted by local residents. Discussions on residential overcrowding, housing conditions and disrepair, and community safety concerns all showed the need for substantial re-provision and investment in the area.
In the past, the Council has discussed regeneration and investment plans for the area, but it became clear after local wider conversations that any proposals would require a meaningful community-led approach. A Cabinet decision in December 2017 requested a feasibility option appraisal for the Estate with estate-based conversations to take place in the first instance. The Council decided to employ local residents and build a community liaison team to provide support to residents and achieve a meaningful, community-led engagement approach.
Also instrumental to the process has been the establishment of the Wendling and St Stephens Close Steering Group which is made up of residents from both Wendling and St Stephens Close and is chaired by the local Ward Councillor, Councillor Larraine Revah.
The Council’s Cabinet in July 2019 agreed the Council’s preferred option is complete redevelopment of the Estate, Option 3 of the options appraisal. We also have authority to hold an estate ballot of eligible estate residents. The Wendling and St Stephens Close ballot will open on June 21 and close on July 15 2021.
Historical Context and Current Area
Go to the details here (PDF)
The Project was considered at Camden Council's Cabinet meeting, Item 12 Wendling Estate and St Stephens Close Cabinet Decision July 2019 (PDF)