Malthouse rejects Earls Court tenants’ acquisition bid

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has refused an application from Earls Court residents to take control of their social housing stock. West Kensington and Gibbs Green Community Homes has spent the past four years fighting for a transfer of its housing from Hammersmith & Fulham Council to a new housing association. Malthouse said: “WKGGCH’s proposed transfer will have a significant detrimental impact on the regeneration of the local area.” In a letter dated 9 July 2019, Malthouse vetoed the move and added: “WKGGCH does not meet the criteria for a tenant group… and therefore LBHF had valid grounds to reject the