On 15 June 2015 the EastendHomes Board considered a report on the current situation with respect to options for the BBBC blocks and Wheler House. These blocks form part of EastendHomes’ Holland estate in Spitalfields. The report provided the Board with background on the feasibility study on possible redevelopment options on this part of the estate. The feasibility study was requested by residents from the estate and approved by the Holland estate board on 11 February 2014.
The report also set out options for further repair and refurbishment work to these blocks following completion of the Decent Homes work which was undertaken by EastendHomes in 2007/2008.
After giving consideration to all the issues, the EastendHomes Board agreed that further consultation should be undertaken with all tenants and leaseholders on the above options. In doing so the Board reiterated that it had never taken a decision to demolish the blocks and that Board members remain completely open minded with regard to all the options.
Consultation will take place over the summer. EastendHomes intends to ensure that every tenant and leaseholder should have the opportunity to understand and discuss the implications of each of the options and to express their views and preferences prior to any decisions being taken by the EastendHomes Board.
NOTE: The Holland estate comprises some 400 homes of which 45% are EastendHomes tenants and 55% are in leasehold ownership. The estate was transferred to EastendHomes in 2006 and to date EastendHomes has spent around £23 million on repairs and improvement works and building new social rented homes for local people.