West Kensington & Gibbs Green Community Homes Ltd

Funding: £120,000 grant over three years. Funding approved in 2017.

What is being funded: Support to residents in west London who are trying to secure ownership of two housing estates by enacting a Right to Transfer mechanism. The estates are at risk of demolition and forced rehousing. If successful in securing ownership, the community group will build more affordable homes and improve existing affordable housing stock.

Why we are funding this project: To break down barriers and enable community groups to use the Right to Transfer mechanism, ultimately so that other affordable homes across England and Wales may also be protected. If West Kensington & Gibbs Green Community Homes Ltd's (WKGGCH) Right to Transfer is successful in transferring ownership to the community, this will be the first time this has taken place and will demonstrate to other community groups that this is a viable option to obtain community ownership.

Strategic purpose: More ideas will exist on how to protect and increase the supply of decent, affordable homes.

Project summary: Two adjacent housing estates - West Kensington and Gibbs Green - comprise of 760 homes and these are mainly occupied by social housing tenants. The land is currently owned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, yet the homes are under threat of purchase and demolition by a property developer as part of the wider Earl's Court redevelopment. The residents of these estates have formed WKGGCH in a fight to protect their homes. WKGGCH is taking the case - the first of its kind - to the Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government for a decision in the hope of preserving this well-functioning community, and ultimately creating additional affordable housing. It also plans to preserve and manage the existing affordable rented accommodation for local people and others in need of low-cost housing.

The mechanism WKGGCH is pursing to achieve community ownership is known as the Right to Transfer process, whereby local authorities must co-operate with a group of its tenants who wish to explore the benefits of a change of landlord. If WKGGCH is successful, this would pave the way for council estate communities across England and Wales to take charge of their neighbourhoods through the Right to Transfer, using this tried and test community-based ownership model. This would lead to both the preservation and expansion of affordable homes.

Specifically, the new funding from Nationwide Foundation will go towards:

West Kensington Gibbs Green Community Homes

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