Walterton & Elgin Community Homes
Walterton & Elgin Community Homes (WECH) is a successful resident-controlled housing association in Westminster.
In 1985 the Walterton & Elgin estate was threatened with being sold off to private developers. Residents were neither consulted nor informed. Walterton & Elgin Action Group was formed in response. After various protests and petitions in 1988 they used the Tenant Choice Provision of 1988 Housing Act to transfer ownership of the estate to the community, forming WECH and receiving the transfer of 640 homes from the Council in 1992. WECH implemented extensive refurbishment and redevelopment soon after.
WECH currently nearing the completion of 43 new infill homes – 12 for London Affordable Rent and 31 at London Living Rent levels – as well as a new community centre, nursery, offices, communal roof gardens, and improved play facilities and security. The new design process was carried out in collaboration with residents so the homes could meet individual needs, and make the most of new accommodation. Residents have remained in their homes throughout the building works, even though some of the work has involved adding additional floors to existing buildings.