Background

West Kentish Town Estate was built in 1964 and consists of 316 homes in 3 and 4 storey blocks.  Council officers have been talking to residents since Summer 2016 about what they like and dislike about their homes and their estate so that the Council can decide how to make the estate a better place to live.

West Kentish Town Estate Renewal Steering Group

In December 2017 the West Kentish Town Estate Renewal Steering Group was set up as one of the ways Camden Council is listening to and learning from residents about the possible renewal and redevelopment of their estate.

Selection of Architects

In June 2018 residents visited housing schemes by architects shortlisted by the Council.  Three representatives from the Steering Group were trained and sat on the interview panel which selected PRP architects, who then ran a series of workshops with residents to develop options for their estate, you can view the exhibition boards below.  Residents also wrote their own brief for what they want out of any scheme.

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Consulting Residents

It has become clear during the conversation with residents over the last 12 months that there is strong support for complete redevelopment of the estate.  From the evidence that we collected during March of this year, we found that 90% of 71 households supported complete redevelopment.  The technical feasibility work that the Council has carried out over the last 12 months also indicates complete redevelopment represents the best option with regard to sustainability, buildability and performance against the Residents’ Brief (this is explained in more detail in the May exhibition display).

This would entail:

  • Complete redevelopment of the West Kentish Town Estate, including demolition and rebuilding of all existing homes located inside the red-line on this plan 
  • The new estate would comprise around 800 to 880 new homes of which a minimum of 40% would be affordable homes

As part of this process, a Section 105 Consultation, a requirement of the Housing Act 1987 started from 3 May and completed on 31 May.

All residents and non-residential leaseholders have been sent a pack of information explaining the preferred option, recommended by officers to Camden’s Cabinet and asking for feedback. The pack included:

If the resident feedback continues to support this option, then the Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities (Councillor Danny Beales) and Council officers intend to recommend to Camden Council’s Cabinet that the preferred option to be taken to a resident ballot is complete redevelopment.

If Cabinet agrees with the recommendation to redevelop the entire estate, then we would commence design work to progress towards a planning application.  A ballot of residents will take place when sufficient design information is available to give residents a better idea of what redevelopment of the estate would look like. This will be a yes or no vote. 
 

Gospel Oak and Haverstock Community Vision

If we build new homes at West Kentish Town Estate and Wendling & St Stephen's Close this will enable more investment to be directed into the local area.

If a decision is taken by the Council's Cabinet to continue design work towards a residents' ballot on each of these estates, then the Council will talk to all local residents and wider stakeholders, including businesses and community organisations, about how building those new homes could benefit the local area.

In autumn 2019 we would like to work further with local people in looking at how we could invest in the area to help make Gospel Oak and Haverstock wards an even better place to live and work.  Here are some of the ideas and themes we will be asking for views on:

  • Community and Youth Facilities
  • Community Safety
  • Queen's Crescent
  • Schools and special education facilities
  • Health facilities
  • Getting around / local routes
  • Open space and Environmental Quality
  • Development Impact
  • Public Art

We look forward to hearing all your ideas and suggestions.

Contact us


Visit our Community Liaison Advisors, Yasmin and Jamal, at the West Kentish Town Estate drop-in space at 44 Ashdown Crescent (just off Queen’s Crescent), NW5 4QE Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-5.30pm, Fridays 10am-2pm.  Yasmin and Jamal will be happy to help with any enquiry and can arrange to meet residents in their home if this is more convenient. 


Yasmin: 07879 636 783
Jamal: 07958 476 110   


Email us at: wkt@camden.gov.uk