Heseltine launches panel to kick-start estates regeneration

Lord Heseltine has announced that a new panel will be introduced to examine how the layout of estates can be best used to deliver more quality homes for renting and buying.

The panel consist of 17 experts, co-chaired by Heseltine and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and will report to Prime Minister David Cameron and Communities Secretary Greg Clark. The team will develop a national estate regeneration strategy and work with up to 100 estates to tackle deprivation and transform them into vibrant communities.

The news comes after Cameron announced in January that £140 million will be funded to jump-start the regeneration. The funding will allow communities to lever in investment from the public and private sector to deliver ambitious housing projects.

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.”

Lewis added: “We know these estates offer huge potential to be revived so that they become thriving communities and places which people want to live and work in. 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 on 9 February at the York Road Estate in Battersea, London, where they are discussing potential plans developed for a major regeneration scheme.