Conservative Westminster and Labour mayor Khan lock horns on estate regen

London mayor Sadiq Khan has taken away £23.5m in funding from Westminster City Council’s regeneration of Church Street and its estates, after the council refused to hold another residents’ ballot.

Khan has demanded a vote as part of new City Hall rules, while Westminster says ballots do not reflect residents’ needs. A ballot could also change or derail current plans, as estate regeneration in London becomes increasingly politicised and a target for pressure groups.

As of 18 July 2018, all major estate regeneration schemes in the capital must have the backing of existing residents before they can