St John’s Wood Police Station, closed by Mayor Boris Johnson earlier this year, is being sold for more luxury housing. The Mayor has appointed estate agents Knight Frank to sell the building and is likely to be converted to luxury apartments for overseas investors, with no affordable housing.
Labour Councillors say that the building on Newcourt Street should be passed to a housing association so that it can be refurbished for low cost housing and include a police facility where the local Safer Neighbourhood Team can be based.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“St John’s Wood does not need more luxury housing but there is a shortage of homes for rent at prices that local people can afford. The former police station is a public asset and should be used to provide homes for local residents and not sold off to the highest bidder as an investment. Slowly but surely, the Conservatives are making Westminster a place where only the very wealthy can afford to live. This is tearing the heart out of places like St John’s Wood and other parts of Westminster and it is time to say ‘enough is enough’ so that our local communities can be protected.”