Initial Demolition Notice

Westminster City Council Initial Demolition Notice

Westminster City Council Initial Demolition Notice

Westminster City Council wants to regenerate properties within the Church Street area on Lilestone Street. This would provide brand new state-of-the-art homes, replacing the Westminster City Council block Gayhurst House and the flats 6, 8, 10 and 12 Lilestone Street.

As standard practice, the council has today issued an Initial Demolition Notice. This impacts secure tenants' Right to Buy eligibility.

This doesn’t mean that demolition is about to start.


Information about the Initial Demolition Notices can be read by clicking here


You can read the full Initial Demolition Notice below: 


Under Schedule 5A of the Housing Act 1985 as inserted by clause 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 SW1E 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") which includes the dwelling house which you occupy: -


  • Flats 6-12 Lilestone Street, London, NW8 8UQ
  • Block Gayhurst House, Mallory Street, London, NW8 8SY - (Includes Gayhurst House Flats 13-20, 29-36, 23 Mallory Street and Gayhurst House Flats 5-12 and 21-28, 28 Mallory Street and 24, 25, 26 and 27 Mallory Street).


Reason for Demolition

Westminster City Council intends to demolish the Relevant Premises in order to redevelop and regenerate the Church Street area.


Demolition Period

Westminster City Council intends to demolish the relevant premises by 11 March 2028, 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

This Notice will cease to be in force on 11 March 2028, 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 made by you to exercise the Right to Buy in respect of any of the Relevant Premises.


This Notice does not prevent:

  • you from making a claim to exercise the Right to Buy
  • you from taking such steps pursuant to Part V of the Housing Act 1985 in connection with any such claim up to the point of operation of section 138(1) of the Act
  • the operation of section 138(1) in most circumstances when this Notice ceases to be in force, but

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.  In such circumstances, if within the period of three months beginning with the date when the Initial Notice comes into force ("the Operative Date"), you serve on Westminster City Council a written notice claiming an amount of compensation, Westminster City Council shall pay that amount to you.

Compensation is in respect of expenditure reasonably incurred by you before the Operative Date in respect of legal and other fees and other professional costs and expenses payable in connection with the exercise by you of the Right to Buy.

Your claim must be accompanied by receipts or other documents showing that you have incurred the expenditure in question.

The Operative Date of this Notice is 12 March 2021 being the date on which a copy of this Notice was served on the tenants of the Relevant Premises.


Further information about this Notice is obtainable from:

Sarah Crampton, Programme Manager – Vacant Possession, Church Street Regeneration

Telephone: 07809 151 163



Dated: 12 March 2021