Westminster Labour Councillors have been putting pressure on property developer Redrow and housing association Octavia to resolve a situation where residents in the affordable housing block (a mix of social housing and shared ownership) have been barred from accessing the communal space and garden in the housing development on the former Harrow Road Police Station site.
Despite clear requirements in the Council’s planning permission for the communal areas to be accessed by all residents, fob gates were installed that did not give the social housing residents access to the main public areas at the heart of the development.
Following a complaint by Labour councillors for Westbourne Adam Hug and David Boothroyd Westminster Council has opened a new planning enforcement investigation. Working with Karen Buck MP, they are calling on Redrow, Octavia and the property management company employed by them (Pinnacle) to get around the table to sort this out as a matter of urgency. Councillors are also raising concerns about poor service and maintenance standards that impact residents across all blocks in the development.