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The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.

 

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Government’s Estate Regeneration Strategy launched 08/12/2016

The government has launched its much awaited Estate Regeneration National Strategy.

 

The national strategy comprises seven key elements:

 

  1. Resident engagement and protection: Guidance on how landlords, developers and local authorities should engage with residents throughout an estate regeneration scheme.
  2. The role of local authorities:Outlines the important place leadership role local authorities can play to support estate regeneration.
  3. Finance and delivery: Guidance on financing and delivering estate regeneration schemes, creating strong partnerships and levering in private investment.
  4. Good practice guide: Sets out key considerations for early stage projects and a model process that leads to successful regeneration.
  5. Better social outcomes: Government is working with estates to map patterns of public spending, with the aim of improving social outcomes.
  6. Alternative approaches:Outlines the alternatives approaches to regeneration.
  7. Case studies: Case studies highlighting good practice in estate regeneration.

 

Government funding for such an ambitious strategy is limited and the national strategy accompanies £140 million of loan funding, previously announced together with £30 million of enabling grant and £2 million of capacity building funding, being made available to support estate regeneration. This financial support from the government is directly targeted at de-risking the early stages of regeneration schemes and providing support to areas for such activities as community engagement, feasibility studies, scoping of proposals and masterplanning. There is also support available for preconstruction activities such demolition and moving residents.

 

More information on funding and how to bid is in the funding prospectus.

 

The government says that between now and 31 March 2017, they will:

 

  • continue to work with the Homes and Communities Agency on a regional basis to help local partners accelerate their schemes.
  • assess bids and allocate enabling funding (2016 to 2017) and project finance.
  • provide opportunities for places to support each other and work with experts on specific challenges such as finance and delivery, design quality and engagement
  • share materials to help places adopt good practice.

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