Estates regen review gets under way

Lord Heseltine’s review to develop a national estate regeneration strategy for government has had its first panel meeting.

The review panel has been charged with looking at how the layout of estates can be best used to deliver more homes for sale and rent. The experts are expected to ensure that there are protections in place to enable existing residents to return to regenerated estates. 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 strategy and work to regenerate up to 100 estates. The prime minister announced last month that £140m in loan funding would be made available to kickstart activity.

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.”

Members of the review panel are:

  • Councillor Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council
  • Nicholas Boys Smith, director of social enterprise Create Streets
  • Andrew Boff, leader of the Greater London Authority Conservatives housing group
  • Elaine Bailey, chief executive of Hyde Housing Association
  • Paul Tennant, chief executive of Orbit Housing Association
  • Tony Pidgley, chief executive of Berkeley Homes
  • Peter Vernon, chief executive of Grosvenor Estates
  • Jane Duncan, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Ben Bolgar, director of design theory and networks at the Prince’s Foundation
  • Dominic Grace, head of London residential development at Savills
  • Emma Cariaga residential development director of British Land
  • David Budd, Mayor of Middlesbrough
  • Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing & Finance Institute
  • Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North
  • Felicie Krikler, associate director at Assael Architecture.

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