Westminster City Council wants to regenerate properties within Church Street Site A (This includes the blocks Blackwater House, Cray House, Ingrebourne House, Lambourne House and Pool House). This would provide brand new state-of-the-art homes.
As standard practice, the council has today issued an Initial Demolition Notice to all tenants in the Site A boundary. This impacts secure tenants' Right to Buy eligibility.
Information about the Initial Demolition Notices can be read by clicking here
You can read the full Initial Demolition Notice for Church Street Site A below:
Under Schedule SA of the Housing Act 1985 as inserted by cla use 182 of the Housing Act 2004 and amended by the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008
This Notice is given by WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL of Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1 E 6QP Westminster City Council is required by Schedule 5A of the Housing Act 1985 to publish the following information: Intention to demolish Westminster City Council intends to demolish the following properties, including flats, maisonettes and where applicable garages, sheds and commercial premises ("the Relevant Premises"):
Reason for Demolition
Westminster City Council intends to demolish the Relevant Premises in order to redevelop and regenerate the Church Street area.
Westminster City Council intends to demolish the relevant premises by 26 November 2027, being no more than seven years after the date of service of this Notice and being a reasonable period within which to carry out the proposed demolition.
Date by which the Initial Demolition Notice shall no longer have effect
Westminster City Council will be serving an Initial Demolition Notice upon the tenants of the Relevant Premises. This Notice will cease to be in force on 26 November 2027, unless previously revoked under the provisions of paragraph 3 of Schedule 5A of the Housing Act 1985.
Effect of the Initial Demolition Notice
Whilst this Notice is in force Westminster City Council will not be under an obligation to make such a grant as is mentioned in section 138(1) of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of any claim to exercise the Right to Buy in respect of any of the Relevant Premises. However, Right to Buy claims submitted to Westminster City Council for any of the Relevant Premises whilst this Notice is in force will still be processed by Westminster City Council, so that, if the demolition plans cannot be implemented, the application can be completed. This Notice does not prevent a tenant of any of the Relevant Premises submitting a Right to Buy claim. Should Westminster City Council subsequently serve a Final Demolition Notice in respect of the Relevant Premises, the Right to Buy will not arise in respect of the Relevant Premises while that Notice is in force and any existing claim will cease to be effective.
Right to Compensation
There may be a right to compensation under section 138C of the Housing Act 1985 in respect of certain expenditure incurred in relation to any existing Right to Buy claim. Any claim for compensation should be served on Westminster City Council within the period of three months beginning with the date when the Notice comes into force ("the Operative Date"). The Operative Date of this Notice is 27 November 2020 being the date on which the Initial Demolition Notice was served on the tenants of the Relevant Premises.
Dated: 27 November 2020