Lord Heseltine launches estates regeneration panel
Posted on: 15/02/2016

An expert panel led by former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has been created to lead the government’s programme to regenerate 100 of the most rundown housing estates in England.

The 17-strong group, which includes Andrew Boff, leader of the Greater London Authority Conservative group, Labour MP Graham Allen and three housing association chiefs, will look at how housing estate layouts can best be used to deliver more quality homes available for buy and rent.

Last month, David Cameron announced that £140m would be funded to jump-start the regeneration.

Heseltine said regeneration was 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,” he said.

“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.”

Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, added these estates offer huge potential to become thriving communities and places where people want to live and work.

“This panel provides a wealth of experience to kick-start work that will help transform the lives of thousands of people by delivering better homes in better estates,”

The panel met at the York Road Estate in Battersea, London where plans are being developed for a major regeneration scheme by Wandsworth Council. Future meetings are expected to be held at estates across the country.

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