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Frequently asked questions
What’s been proposed for the Mansell Street estate?
We’ve been exploring options to regenerate the estate, and replace the existing 194 properties with new, modern homes as well as build additional homes.
We shared plans with our residents through a full consultation process. They’ve helped us shape the proposals, which have now been submitted as a planning application.
We’re proposing to create 506 new homes, which will make Mansell Street the largest residential planning application to the City of London since the Barbican in the mid-1970s.
All current Guinness residents will be offered a home in the development. This means that the Mansell Street community will stay together.
What benefits will current residents get from this redevelopment?
Current residents will see a number of benefits, including:
- new, larger and modern homes
- lower running costs through energy-efficient design
- private balconies
- a new community centre
- more open spaces: gardens, green roofs, play areas and a ball court
- increased security through design in the new homes
- current residents won’t need to move off the estate while their new homes are being built
- increased provision of CCTV
- 717 new bicycle stands
- new affordable housing for people in housing need in the City of London.
How long will the new estate take to build?
If the development goes ahead as planned in our application, it is likely to run from 2017 to 2024. The Guinness tenants who currently live on the estate will have their new homes built within the first four years
How did you involve residents in the plans?
We worked with our residents and Quarto, a company who specialise in customer engagement, in a full consultation process, this included:
- a series of open workshops and information sessions
- presentations to the Residents’ Association
- resident surveys and ‘door-knocking’ exercises. 92% of residents responded to the voluntary housing needs survey (179 out of a possible 194)
Will my existing tenancy be protected?
Yes, your tenancy will stay the same when you move into your new home.
Will I be compensated when I move into a new home?
We’ll pay you the statutory home loss payment, which is currently £5,800.
You’ll also get disturbance payments, which include:
- any removal costs
- any costs for disconnecting and reconnecting your utilities or appliances.
When was the planning application submitted to the City of London?
The planning application was submitted on 20 September 2016.
How long will it take for a decision to be made?
Planning applications usually take 13 weeks, but it can take longer for larger schemes like this one.
Discussions are currently on-going with the local planning team.
You can check the progress on the City of London’s website
Will my rent stay the same?
If your new home has the same number of bedrooms as your current home, your rent will stay at the same rate. If you have more or less bedrooms, this will affect the rent you pay.
Your existing rent will decrease by 1% each year from 1 April 2016 for four years. This is in line with the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. When this ends in April 2020, our annual rent reviews will be based on the formula the Government sets at the time. This is usually based on the inflation rate plus 1%.
Where will I live while the new homes are being built?
You’ll stay in your current home until your new home is ready. The development is being built in phases, and the first phase will be built before any homes are demolished. We’re prioritising the first phases for existing Guinness residents so you’ll only need to move once.
I live in a studio flat, and I recently requested to move into a one bedroom flat. Will I still be able to?
If you completed the survey requesting this change, you’ll be moved into a one bedroom flat. This means that your rent will increase for the additional bedroom. If you want to stay in a studio flat you can and there won’t be a change to your rent.
Will the Transport for London (TfL) congestion charge apply for parking?
Yes, all parking spaces will be subject to the congestion charge. The congestion charge area starts from any street off the west of Mansell Street. This includes the parking area for both Guinness residents and private housing residents.
During our discussions with the City of London and TfL we were told that vehicular access from Mansell Street would not be supported.
How will you reduce dust and noise?
Disruption will be strictly controlled, in line with building regulations and guidance from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There will be an acoustic wall between the new buildings during construction. You can find more information about this in the planning application.
How will you deal with air pollution?
We’re proposing to install filters throughout the buildings.
Will we lose our open spaces and play areas?
No, we’re creating new open spaces, including recreation areas and playgrounds for children. Currently the estate has 686m² of open space and play areas. This will be replaced with 2,475m² as residents will have access to The Minories Garden, Clare Garden and Haydon Square. Cars and other vehicles won’t be allowed in these areas.
We’re planning roof garden areas for residents only. There are also plans for a residents’ community centre, fitness equipment, seating and planting areas.
Parking and playgrounds will be available throughout the construction period.
Can I view the plans again?
Yes, we’ll put a summary of the plans in the Green Box.
How will you keep residents informed of progress?
We’ll keep in touch through newsletters, letters and local events. We’re still very keen to hear your views and to answer any questions.
These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.