Hundreds of residents on the Warwick Road Estate in Kensington say they are living in fear that they will be evicted.
It comes after Kensington & Chelsea Council announced it was exploring the possibility of knocking down their current homes as part of a regeneration programme to build nearly 300 new homes which would include 116 affordable properties.
The royal borough said it is under fierce pressure to provide more housing and to find new income to support front-line services to residents, and that the redevelopment enables it to achieve both.
The estate consists of Broadwood Terrace and Chesterton Square and is home to around 350 people living in 116 homes belonging to council tenants and property owners, with the council owning the freehold.
Speaking about a council meeting in October where demolition was discussed, resident Annie Redmile said: “There were no questions or debate afterwards, they just voted it through. It was pre-determined.
“We feel like we’re being evicted. We’re horrified because we don’t want to be forced to move.”
Property owner Jeremy Preston said Warrick Road Estate was built 40 years ago and viewed at the time as cutting-edge architecture.
He said: “It is two storeys above the main road, all dwellings look inward to the wonderful, peaceful gardens that are well-maintained. You can’t imagine you’re in London, it’s an amazing place to be.
“We have lots of nationalities and cultures and everyone by-and-large gets on well with their neighbours. There’s no graffiti or antisocial behaviour.
“I find it disturbing that these guys can come along and raze it to the ground.”
The council said tenants will be rehoused, ideally in the new homes on the redeveloped estate, or elsewhere in the borough. They will also be entitled to other various costs.
Leaseholders will have their property purchased at the full market value and entitled to an additional 10% of the market value up to a maximum of £49,000, plus money to cover the costs of moving. They will also be given the opportunity to buy on the new site.
Deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen said: "What we do need is new affordable homes and new income to help protect our front-line services.
"If at the same time we can dramatically improve the streetscape and local environment of this corner of the borough that would be a tremendous bonus."