Crown Estate consultation is 'inadequate'

PROTESTERS fighting the plans by the Crown Estate to flog hundreds of flats in Regent's Park received a boost in Westminster this week. Residents and councillors have been battling plans to sell off flats in the Cumberland Market Estate fearing a rise in

PROTESTERS fighting the plans by the Crown Estate to flog hundreds of flats in Regent's Park received a boost in Westminster this week.

Residents and councillors have been battling plans to sell off flats in the Cumberland Market Estate fearing a rise in rents will force key workers out of their homes.

This week a Treasury Select Committee said the public consultation was inadequate and recommended a review. It also backed campaigners' views that the Crown Estate should consider the wider public interest rather than revenues.

The committee also recommended the CEC "review their community and local stakeholder consultation processes with a view to increasing transparency and engagement".


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Steve Smith, co-chairman of Cumberland Market Residents' Association, said: "This damning report completely vindicates our campaign. The Crown Estate Board is due to meet in two weeks time - let's hope they put an end to this ill-conceived plan once and for all.

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