Kingston Council is becoming more and more of a property developer as it thinks it needs to be 'independent' and must raise revenue from council and business taxes. This makes it incredibly pro-development - it thinks it will ensure long term revenue streams from lots of new flats, public or private. But it will put it into direct conflict with its main duties - to represent and look after residents and look after the environment they live in. There is no need for this now the HRA cap has been removed.
To quote David Madden- Sociologist at LSE studying cities, housing, and social theory, "Councils-as-developer ventures in Camden, Hackney etc show why direct cross-subsidy is a bad idea. It means the non-subsidised housing must be as expensive as possible; it ties the non-market housing to market conditions rather than to rights; it concentrates risk for the council. It drives up house prices locally and it locks out public land or loses it altogether to the private sector.
It's clear why cross subsidy is, for councils, *politically* preferable to financing housing out of general taxation. It hides costs from the public and allows councils to pretend to be doing something while avoiding taking on too much responsibility. But it's not a good model. If you really want to do something about the housing problem, you don't push up housing and land values everywhere in exchange for a literal handful of token sub-market houses. The tokenism approach to housing cannot avoid failing."
or sign a thoughtful petition discussing the Council's environmental and socially disastrous plan to demolish its council estates and replace them with developments of huge density, which will each result in a massive reduction of gardens and parkland.
"According to the United Nations, the manufacture of building materials makes up 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, which then becomes embodied carbon, locked into the buildings. Carbon emissions from ongoing uses, such as heating and electricity make up 28% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. This means that embodied carbon is 30% of the in-use lifetime carbon emissions from buildings, so embodied carbon matters about as much as energy efficiency and renewables. When demolition takes place, embodied carbon is released back into the atmosphere, which makes a big impact on Climate Change. Finally, construction accounts for almost 47% of total CO2 emissions in the UK; if we don’t need to build new properties then we shouldn’t do it. In terms of Kingston’s Council estates, and Cambridge Road Estate in Particular, an estimated 60,391 of CO2 will be released in regeneration, compared to 6,039 or less for refurbishment.https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/climate-emergency-stop-demolition-extinction-in-kingston?fbclid=IwAR0NTInuKvewDl6myys7BUuzXkz_VsE9KU0nYI_gz9bHtTi1-5ugv-Xnw0Q