Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey MP praises north Kensington regeneration

Jack Dromey visits Wornington Green
(from left to right): Griff Marshalsay (Catalyst head of special projects), Rod Cahill (Catalyst chief executive), Jack Dromey MP and Richard Brown (chairman of Catalyst)

On 23 May 2013, Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey MP visited our flagship regeneration scheme Wornington Green, north Kensington.

Next to the bohemian Portobello Road with its famous market, bounded by the main Paddington/West Country railway line and Golborne Road, Wornington Green lies in one of London’s most desirable and expensive areas. Wornington Green is home to 538 social rented homes, all of which have been offered the chance to move into the redeveloped estate. The estate is being regenerated in a series of carefully planned phases taking over 10 years and will provide social rented homes, as well as properties for shared ownership and private sale. The new neighbourhood will transform the current housing estate into a vibrant and truly mixed community, reintegrating it back into its local area – with new road access, shops, a new park, business space and community facilities.

The first residents have started moving in and Jack was able to meet some of them in their new homes.  He said. ‘I was delighted to visit Wornington Green and see the excellent work that Catalyst is doing to regenerate the estate. The residents I met were happy to have new, safe homes, in the community where they had lived for many years. Housing associations like Catalyst have a vital role to play, in partnership with local government and others, to improve the lives of communities right across the country and create much-needed and high quality homes.  I will watch the progress of their regeneration projects with keen interest.’