What is the process of estate regeneration?


Whilst the manner in which regeneration takes place will differ from one estate to the next, the process involves a series of reasonably well defined stages:

  • Feasibility.  This represents the initial testing phase to identify what level of estate regeneration should take place.  This involves exploring in consultation with residents various design scenarios to identify which homes on an estate should be redeveloped and which homes might be retained (and where required refurbished).  At the end of this process, a decision is made by the Council to decide exactly which homes to redevelop, in order to give residents as much certainty as possible.

  • Masterplanning.  More detailed design work takes place in collaboration with residents to develop a masterplan for that part of an estate that it has been decided will be redeveloped.  This may also include exploring whether it makes sense to include small land ownerships around the edge of an estate within the masterplan in order to deliver more homes and improve the local neighbourhood.

  • Planning.  A planning application needs to be sought for the proposed masterplan.

  • Land assembly.  Where required, the Council may need to go through a compulsory purchase process in order to enable the redevelopment of the estate to take place.

  • Construction.  This will likely take place on a phased basis to enable residents to remain living on the estate.

  • Decanting.  This will happen on a phased basis in parallel with the construction.

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