GMB welcome Clarion decision to cancel demolition proposal for Sutton Estate
GMB London welcome Clarion Housing decision to cancel demolition proposal of Sutton Estate in Chelsea after campaign by residents and unions
We salute the residents of the Sutton Estate in their fight to retain social housing in Chelsea, says GMB London
GMB welcome Clarion Housing’s decision to cancel their demolition of the estate and the destruction of the community housed in the affordable social homes on the William Sutton Estate in Chelsea. GMB campaigned against this development as a blatant case of asset stripping and social cleansing in this wealthy borough.
A report from Inside Housing (4 May) has said Clarion has gone back on proposals to demolish 383 flats in the estate. The announcement comes six months after the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, rejected Clarion’s proposals to demolish the flats due to there being a significant loss of social housing. [See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases]
Clarion have instead said that they intend to carry out improvements to most of the homes in the estate and bring the empty properties back into use.
GMB have been involved in the campaign to save the Sutton estate over the last 5 years and continue to fight for all residents on estates facing demolition to be balloted on any plans, before they are allowed to continue.
Warren Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary, said:
Contact: Vaughan West 07967 342197 or GMB London Region Press Office 07970 114762
Notes to Editors
Previous GMB Press Releases
1] GMB welcome rejected planning permission appeal for Sutton Estate in Chelsea (19 December 2018)
2] GMB London support BWTUC call for 159 empty homes in Chelsea to be repaired and reoccupied (13 July 2017)