As part of the regeneration and redevelopment of Queensway you will have to move out of your home. The process of doing this is called a ‘decant’.
To support you we’ve set out answers to some of the most common questions secure tenants are likely to ask and given you a brief overview of what you can expect to happen over the course of the regeneration:
A decant is where you have to move to another home because your existing home is part of a regeneration or repair programme and you are no longer able to live there because it is going to be demolished or undergo major structural works.
Your home has been earmarked for demolition as part of the redevelopment of Queensway and therefore in the future you will need to move to another home. To make this happen we will:
As the regeneration is over such a large area, different parts of the estate will have to be rebuilt at different times. This means the decant of existing residents will have to be done in phases. This is all part of the ‘masterplan’ for the estate, that sets out the order of when existing homes will be knocked down and the new homes built.
If you are a secure tenant you will have a range of options available to you. Depending on your circumstances, these options will range from moving to a property on the regenerated estate, moving to another Council or Housing Association home in Southend-on-Sea, or you can also apply to move to a Swan home in another area. We will work with you to help identify the best solutions for your circumstances.
If you move to another Southend-on-Sea Borough Council home you will receive another secure tenancy. If you move into a new Swan home on the estate you will receive a protected assured tenancy. This type of tenancy has all the same rights as you have now, including the right to buy. If you move to a Swan property (or other housing association property), off of the Queensway estate, you will be issued with an assured tenancy.
Secure tenants will be charged ‘social rent’ in their new home. This is the same as your rent now and is set by the government using a formula based on the location, number of bedrooms and the value of the property. You will also be charged a service charge.
If you move to a Swan property or other housing association property off the Queensway estate, the rent could be either social rent or affordable rent, but will still be lower than private sector rents, and will not exceed local housing allowance rates.
How much help you receive will be up to you. You will be offered help with:-
Yes, you will have to move from your current home as it will be knocked down as part of the regeneration. Whilst the Council have the power to secure possession of your home if you refuse to move, every step will be taken to ensure you find a new home that meets your needs and that you are happy with.
This will depend what regeneration phase you live in. Priority will be given to those living in the first phase, but you may be able to move sooner if that’s what you would like to do.
You will be given a written notice 12- 18 months prior to when you need to move.
If you are going to remain living on the Queensway estate after it has been regenerated, you will not need to move, as you will be able to move from your current flat, straight into a new one.
If you do not wish to remain on the regenerated Queensway estate, you will be given top priority for alternative social housing at the point of receiving the 12 – 18 months written notice. You will then be able to ‘bid’ for available social housing in the borough via the Council’s Choice Based lettings scheme.
A needs assessment is currently being carried out as part of the project by South Essex Homes.
If you are overcrowded, once that assessment has been completed and when the scheme progresses further, we will speak to you individually about your options based on your specific circumstances.
You will be allowed to move to a new home that is one bedroom above your current need if you currently have more bedrooms than you need, though you may be entitled to a financial incentive if you decide to give up all your spare bedrooms.
Swan Housing - [email protected] tel: 0300 303 2500
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council tel: 01702 215000