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Estate regeneration has lately become a toxic term in London, associated for many with the profit-driven destruction of precious social housing and the break up and “displacement” of settled communities against their wishes. Yet outcomes of recent ballots of residents under new rules introduced by Sadiq Khan have been strongly in favour of demolition and rebuild schemes, and some regenerations have been widely praised for producing more and better homes for Londoners in urgent need.
What makes the difference between success and failure in these inherently difficult and disruptive projects? What should landlords do to secure the trust and backing of their tenants and others? How can the people most affected by them – the residents themselves – be sure that promises will be kept and they and future generations will truly benefit? This event, co-organised by the London Society and the website On London.co.uk, will hear an estate tenant, an architect, a project consultant and a senior borough councillor shed light on this heated subject.
Geoff Bell is a long time resident of the Woodberry Down estate in Hackney, which is undergoing a comprehensive regeneration programme in a partnership between Hackney’s Labour council, developer Berkeley Homes and housing association Notting Hill Genesis. As chair of Woodco - the Woodberry Down Community Organisation - he has been closely involved in shaping the progress of this enormous scheme.
Tricia Patel is a partner with architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and has been closely involved in working with estates tenants and residents on the design of their new homes provided under regeneration schemes, notably the highly-praised Packington Estate in Islington.
Peter Mason is a Labour councillor in Ealing who, in his role as cabinet member for housing and planning, was closely concerned with the balloting of residents of the High Lane estate in Hanwell about plans to redevelop it. They voted decisively in favour.
Emma Peters is director at regeneration consultants Inner Circle and has long experience in the field in London, mainly in local government, and is now closely involved with helping public and private sector work together to best effect.
The discussion will be chaired by OnLondon editor Dave Hill.