Cabinet set to agree deal to provide rehousing support and compensation to Cartmel, Coniston and Langdale residents
Camden Council’s Cabinet are to be asked to agree the funding deal it has secured with HS2 Ltd. to provide rehousing support and compensation to Cartmel, Coniston and Langdale council tenants and leaseholders, after 70 per cent of residents backed the deal.
The deal will support all residents in the three blocks on the Regent’s Park Estate that have been affected by HS2 construction disruption, including those who have already been moved by the Council.
The Council announced the deal in September and begun consulting on it with residents. 70 per cent of residents living in Cartmel, Coniston and Langdale blocks said that they support Camden to accept the funding deal. 96 households - 68% of households affected by the deal – responded to the consultation.
When they meet on January 18 the Council’s Cabinet will be asked to accept the deal on behalf of residents. Cabinet will also be asked to implement a rehousing scheme for residents, which will see tenants and leaseholders compensated and offered tailored support to assist with moving homes.
Since we secured replacement housing for the council tenants having their homes demolished to HS2, we have also been clear that residents in Cartmel, Coniston and Langdale also need to be rehoused. The proximity of their homes to HS2 construction has left them living in unacceptable conditions, plagued by dust, noise, and daily disruption.
The Council has consistently argued for a relocation deal for the tenants and leaseholders of these blocks. We took matters into our own hands through funding the Voluntary Re-housing Scheme to give many tenants in these blocks the opportunity to move. We were, however, determined no tenant or leaseholder would be left behind and continued our campaign for a fully funded rehousing offer for all. We now have a deal agreed in principle with HS2 that compensates every tenant – including those who have already moved – and provides a lifeline move for our leaseholders, who have struggled to sell their flats. Crucially, the Council also keeps ownership of these three blocks.
The deal has been backed by the vast majority of residents in the affected blocks, which means the recommendation to Cabinet is to move forward with it and to set out how the Council will continue to support each one of the affected residents. Each tenant and leaseholder will be provided with dedicated support throughout their move and tailored support to help them to settle into a new home that is suitable for their needs and allows them to get back to a life free from disruption.