For at least the past eight years the RBKC council has colluded with Affinity Sutton's deliberate dilapidation of their properties on Chelsea's Sutton Estate to facilitate their plans to demolish these historic and architecturally important buildings, against the wishes of residents and locals.
The effect of Affinity Sutton's unwillingness to fulfil their obligations has been to deny hundreds of people a permanent home as they have thrown out the residents from mansion blocks on the estate, and left the properties to rot.
At a time when the borough is desperately short of housing, the Council has stood by and watched, while its officers have been working with Affinity Sutton to propose a development with over 40% luxury housing, a reduction in social housing in Chelsea of hundreds of residents, and the vast profits which could be in excess of £1/4 billion leaving the borough.
The residents have asked that the Council follow their own RBKC Core Strategy which calls for no reduction in social housing in the borough, but only one councillor has been willing to give a straight answer, Cllr. Tim Coleridge.
Cllr. Coleridge whilst not willing to rule out the demolition and redevelopment of the estate, has at least said unequivocally that any plans submitted by Affinity Sutton reduce the number or size of social housing units (including those left to deteriorate) on the estate will be rejected.
Whilst the residents and locals of Chelsea do not accept the necessity to demolish this historic site, at least there is one councillor who is willing to stand up to the opportunism of the Affinity Sutton group, and it can only be hoped that more councillors will stand with their residents rather than the developers.
We have still to hear from our own local Stanley Ward Councillors Cockell, Warwick and Pascal and leader of the Council Cllr. Paget-Brown, as to whether they will respect and support their own council's Core Strategy, and work for the benefit of their constituents or the opportunism of Affinity Sutton.