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Estate Regeneration Panel starts work 18/02/2016

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a new £140 million fund to pump prime regeneration of the 100 worst estates across the country, the government has now confirmed the membership of the Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel which will oversee this work.


ARCH member, Wandsworth Council is represented on the Panel by the Leader of Council Cllr Ravia Govindia.


The Panel met for the first time on 9 February and will look at how the layout of estates can be best used to deliver more quality homes that people can buy and rent.


The 17-strong group, co-chaired by Lord Heseltine and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and reporting to the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Greg Clark, will develop a national estate regeneration strategy and work with up to 100 estates to tackle deprivation and transform them into vibrant communities.


The Prime Minister previously announced that £140 million would be made available to jump-start the regeneration. The loan funding will allow communities to lever in investment from the public and private sector to deliver ambitious projects that local people can be proud of.


In a DCLG press release announcing the launch of the Panel, Lord Heseltine said:


"Estates regeneration is key to transforming the lives of people living on poorly designed housing projects. The panel will provide expert advice, support and explore innovative funding solutions to drive forward the regeneration of estates around the country.


However, I am clear that this has to be locally led and we must work with the residents of such estates. I now want to see local communities coming forward with innovative ideas to achieve desirable neighbourhoods that local people can be proud of."


Future meetings of the Panel will be held at estates across the country. Members are: 


  • Councillor Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council
  • Nicholas Boys Smith, director of Create Streets, a social enterprise and independent research institute which pushes for well-designed estates
  • Andrew Boff, leader of the Greater London Authority Conservatives housing group
  • Elaine Bailey, chief executive, from Hyde Housing Association, which successfully regenerated the Packington Estate in Islington
  • Paul Tennant, chief executive from Orbit Housing Association, which successfully regenerated Erith Estate in Bexley
  • Tony Pidgley, chief executive of Berkeley Homes - a lead partner on various estate regenerations across London
  • Peter Vernon, chief executive of Grosvenor Estates
  • Jane Duncan, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Ben Bolgar, senior director of the Princes Foundation
  • Dominic Grace, head of London Residential Development at estates agents Savills
  • Emma Cariaga from the British Land and Thames Valley Housing Association
  • David Budd, Mayor of Middlesbrough
  • Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing & Finance Institute
  • Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North
  • Félicie Krikler, director at Assael Architecture


The Panel will work with a range of local stakeholders, including communities, local authorities, landlords, investors, builders, housing associations, and anyone else with ideas and ambition. It will draw up the national strategy for estate regeneration by the autumn. Its objectives include: 


  • providing strong protection for existing residents, such as rights of return
  • delivering more homes for rent and ownership
  • delivering homes more quickly
  • promote high standards of design to provide commercially viable schemes which have the potential to be self-financing
  • encouraging and attracting more private and public sector investment to help regenerate estates


ARCH comments:


Any additional financial resources to support the regeneration of poorly designed council housing estates are to be very much welcomed and there are some excellent examples of innovative work by stock retained councils and almos in regenerating poorly designed housing estates built in the 60's and 70's - including the innovative work by Wandsworth Borough Council on the York Road Estate in Battersea where the launch of the Panel was announced.


However, the Savills Research report, on which the programme is based, focusses entirely on London and London property market and ARCH has concerns about whether this model will work in lower value areas across the country and it will be interesting to see how the model will work in other areas of the country with lower land and property values.


ARCH welcomes Lord Heseltine's comments that estate regeneration must be locally led. ARCH believes that the residents of such estates must be put at the heart of any regeneration proposals.

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  • David Murtagh, Brighton & Hove CC - 25 February 2016

    It sounds good but it would have he been better if some tenants had been invited to be on the panel. ./ Arch Committee member/ Chair of Tenants Scrutiny in Brighton and Hove / Chair of Eastmoulsecoomb Tenants and Residents Brighton