Advance Vision: Housing for people of average income is fundamental to the health and economic prosperity of individuals, communities, and the country. We have to be innovative and address structural problems s people in our community can stay here. The council needs to be and create to better reflect RBKC .
Building and Management Innovation
- Create a new K&C Housing Vehicle to replace the Kensington and Chelsea Tenancy Management Organisation that will be based on participation, engagement, collaboration, sense of ownership and innovation. We think a Community Land Trust vehicle or a 51% Council owned and a 49% Alternative Investment Market (AIM) share vehicle is worth consideration.
- This vehicle will allow RBKC to build homes. With this structure there can be a guaranteed long-term rentals, along with private capped sales to specific income bracket (lower to middle earners) and for ‘home grown’ RBKC residents.
- Hire an urban planner to work within the council and residents to develop a plan for necessary social housing, public institutions, and economic development.
- In the short term, broaden the remit of planning to consider the impact of construction and renovation on the immediate area.
- Long term, devolve the analysis of planning issues to locally based planning committees under the oversight of Mayor of RBKC.
- Long term: Broad public participation in planning review and demographic analysis in the style of the Detroit Future City to develop a vision for RBKC that can act as a blueprint for planning decisions.
Community comes first
- Absent landlords should contribute to the community by paying higher council taxes.
- At a National level, we will lobby for change in Council Tax banding for RBKC.