Proposal to fit sprinkler systems to high-rise residential blocks

First Tier Property Tribunal 

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, we proposed that sprinklers should be fitted to all properties in blocks of 10 storeys or more – bringing fire safety up to the same standard that would be found in a similar newly built block.

We made an application to the First Tier Property Tribunal to ensure that we have the authority to undertake and charge for the works in leasehold properties.


Following a strike out hearing on the application, the Tribunal has made a final decision that the case will not proceed. Further details on the outcome can be found below.


View documents from the Tribunal application.

Preliminary directions from the tribunal

Further directions from the Tribunal about the case management hearing on 16 October 2018

Further correspondence with the First Tier Property Tribunal

Statement of Case on Behalf of the London Borough of Wandsworth

Further directions from the Tribunal 

The Tribunal have extended the deadline to make an application to strike-out or transfer the case to the Upper Tribunal from 5 March 2019 to 22 March 2019. 

The Tribunal has also directed the Council to publish the four applications received to date for an adjournment or stay of the case and the Council's response to these applications:

Decision and directions from the Tribunal 22 March 2019

Applications to strike out and further directions

On Thursday 5 September 2019, the Tribunal issued directions which required the Council to upload strike out applications received to its website. Subsequently, the Tribunal amended these directions on Monday 16 September 2019 to include an additional application. The Tribunal's directions, all strike out applications and the Council's responses are available below.

The hearing of the strike-out applications will take place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November 2019, starting at 10am at Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU.

Bundles for Hearing of Strike Out Application on 11 and 12 November