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25 October 2022 0

The revamp of a neighbourhood along the River Thames, with multi-million-pound luxury flats in massive tower blocks, has been slammed as a “huge missed opportunity” to build homes residents actually need. Wandsworth Labour said developers’ interests will not be put ahead of locals after taking control of the authority for the first time in 44 years in May. Schemes like the famous Embassy Gardens -with a Sky Pool in the air between two buildings – were approved under the council’s old Conservative leadership but have long faced criticism from Labour councillors.


22 August 2022 0

Today, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published a call for evidence on leaseholder and commonholder-owned buildings with building safety defects, which will help to inform future policy decisions.

During the passage of the Building Safety Act 2022, the former Housing Minister committed in Parliament to a consultation on enfranchised and commonhold buildings. As such, data collected through this call for evidence will form the basis of the consultation.

The call for evidence will be live for 12 weeks and will close on 14th November 2022.

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10 August 2022 0

Find out what’s happening in Nine Elms through the next community engagement advisory group (CEAG) meeting on Wednesday 28 September 2022. Run as an evening meeting, residents and local businesses can hear from council representatives, local partners and construction and development organisations about the latest exciting changes, opportunities and improvements taking place in the neighbourhood.

Everyone is invited to send in questions and suggest topics for future discussions.

To join the conversation, please contact:

Address: The ROSE community clubroom, Ascalon Street, London SW8 4DL

Nearest train/tube: Battersea Power Station Tube/Queenstown Road Station

Event date: 28/09/2022 Open from 18:00 to 19:30


29 July 2022 0

Wandsworth Borough Council is seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to undertake a feasibility study in late-2022 to inform the development of a Food and Horticultural Quarter in Nine Elms.

This is a unique requirement for the Council and as such it is seeking interest from providers through this Expression of Interest (EOI) process, with a view to shortlist and invite Tenders in mid-August 2022.
This EOI is being issued by the Council as the first stage of a Tender process. The purpose of this EOI is to gather interest from suitably qualified providers, and to shortlist up to four consultants to invite to this tender opportunity, reserving the right to invite more or less.
This EOI can be accessed via the Council’s Delta eProcurement Portal using the access code 878786BS7X. You can submit your response by the closing date on the Portal.
New Covent Garden Market (“NCGM” or the “Market”) is the UK’s largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market. It is run by the Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA), created by statute in 1961 to be an arms-length public body; a standalone, self-funded organisation. NCGM falls within Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) portfolio.
The Market is being re-built in its entirety and is due to complete in 2027. Important milestones have already been achieved, including the launch of the Food Exchange as a hub for food-related enterprise and housing Mission Kitchen, a shared workspace for food businesses, which opened in 2020.
The Market’s transformation sits within the wider regeneration of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area, in which 20,000 new homes are being built, and 6.5m sq feet of commercial space created in London’s Central Activities Zone, generating 25,000 jobs. The creation of a new town centre at Battersea Power Station, alongside increased connectivity delivered by the two new Tube stations of the Northern Line Extension signals huge change to how people will experience the local neighbourhood.
The Council believe that the combination of Food and Horticulture, alongside the market garden heritage of Nine Elms, suggests potential for the area to develop into a visitor destination with global reach, as well as a centre for excellence, innovation and growth, whilst maintaining at its heart an operational wholesale market for London. There is opportunity to increase public awareness and engagement with the work of the Market, the wider food and flower production and distribution networks – their role in serving the city and as part of its culture and heritage. Given the climate emergency and impacts of recent global events on domestic supply chains, the Council believe this initiative can support a more sustainable future for people who live and work in the area. The Council is calling this a Food and Horticultural Quarter (FHQ).
Please refer to the attached documents for more information.

Wandsworth Borough Council
Published date: 29 July 2022 – Closed early engagement



7 July 2022

Leasehold is a centuries-old system that is unjust and unfair in my view. Almost every country in the world apart from Britain has either reformed or abolished this archaic model, and I believe the UK Government should do the same. I am pleased the Opposition has long supported leasehold reform and is pressing Ministers to take immediate action to give leaseholders greater powers and security in their homes.It is a real injustice in my view that existing leaseholders continue to face problems with ground rents, non-transparent service charges and managing agent fees, while new leaseholders are free from those problems. During the passage of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill (now Act), I voted in favour of an amendment that would have ended ground rents for existing long residential leases as well as new ones. Disappointingly, the Government voted against and defeated the amendment, promising instead to introduce further reforms soon.However, Ministers have since admitted those reforms will not be introduced until the 2023-24 parliamentary session. I believe that is too long to wait and I support calls for reforms to be introduced now.The Government is analysing responses to a consultation it ran earlier this year on a number of Law Commission recommendations, which include helping leaseholders buy their freehold and gain the right to manage their building. While I welcome this consultation, we have had consultations before and I do not believe people should have to wait any longer for basic rights over their own homes.I support calls for reforms to end the sale of new private leasehold houses; set up a workable system to replace private leasehold flats with commonhold – while giving greater powers to residents in the interim over the management of their homes; introduce new rights for flat owners to form residents’ associations; secure the right for leaseholders to extend a lease to 990 years at any time with zero or capped ground rents; and put an end to unfair fees and contract terms with more rights of redress for leaseholders.With new legislation, we can end unfair rules and give people a greater ability to make decisions about their own lives. I believe this is what levelling-up should be about.Thank you once again for contacting me about this issue.Yours sincerely,Marsha De CordovaMember of Parliament for Battersea