Estate is Bourne again

Keir Starmer and Frank Dobson joined Councillor Danny Beales to mark an official celebration of 75 new homes on the Bourne Estate, Holborn.

Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, joined his predecessor, Frank Dobson, to mark the opening, with one of the new blocks named after Frank Dobson, who served the area as an MP between 1979 and 2015.

The new estate, which has just been shortlisted by the London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018 in the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development category, is part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme, which is providing council homes, investment in schools and new community facilities across the borough.

The event included the opportunity to see facilities inside one of the new council homes, as well as the brand new tenants and residents hall.

Originally built by London County Council in 1909, the Bourne Estate is one of the oldest housing estates in the UK and has a history that includes influencing housing developments across Europe.

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities
“Through our Community Investment Programme, we’ve been able to rejuvenate this historic estate, securing new genuinely affordable homes for Camden residents for years to come. Of the 75 new homes, 34 are council homes and 10 are affordable Camden Living Rents to help people who do not qualify for a council home, but struggle to afford to rent privately, through lower rents and more secure tenancies.”

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities

Works at the Bourne Estate have been paid for through the Community Investment Programme, an innovative strategy that looks to fill national funding gaps through the sale of newly built homes, underused land and inefficient assets. Using this model, we’re able to build affordable new homes, schools and community facilities that our residents need.

You can read more about the Bourne Estate and other projects in our Community Investment Programme at