Londoners have only a few hours, to 14 March, to respond to the Mayor’s draft Good Practice Guide on Estate Regeneration. Please would all Just Space groups make sure to send us copies of their submissions so we can list them here.
The Mayor’s draft is here and can be downloaded.
Just Space has submitted its response: JS response on Estate Regeneration March 2017
and the key points are:
- Good practice guidance would be valuable, but this is not (yet) good.
- Just Space wants to continue working with the Mayor to improve it.
- Top priority must be to protect the dwindling stock of social rented homes – the only ones affordable to Londoners on ordinary incomes (and even then often needing housing benefit to do so). Regeneration schemes should never lead to a reduction as they have in the past.
- Decisions on estate regeneration must always include a refurbishment option among those explored.
- Consultations must be supported by transparent information and independent impact assessments and take place from the earliest stage, conforming to the rules affirmed by the Supreme Court.
- Any regeneration scheme which would involve demolition or displacement must be supported by a majority in an independent ballot of residents.
The London Assembly issued a report on the subject back in 2015 which is the most up-to-date City Hall material on the subject and has a lot of useful data and charts. Knock it down or do it up This is a key chart from the report:
If you want some inspiration, read the careful submission from Assembly Member Sîan Berry, released 9 March: http://www.sianberry.london/news/housing/2017-03-09-mayors-guidance-wont-stop-estate-demolitions/
The London Tenants Federation LTF has agreed that we can post here their draft response and say that people are welcome to use parts, to quote, or to write in support of the arguments. LTF draft Response to Mayor’s ER good guidance (F)
This collective response is from a cross section of academics, policy-makers, regeneration specialists, housing activists, community groups, council tenants and leaseholders, social housing providers, and other organizations who have researched and/or worked with council tenants/leaseholders, social/affordable housing, across London, or have experienced first-hand the effects of ‘estate regeneration’, coordinated by Prof Loretta Lees.
Here is the response of the 35% Campaign (Southwark) http://35percent.org/img/ResponseDraftGoodPracticeGuide.pdf
Another way to respond is to print, complete and send the attached postcard (or put it in an envelope) which is an initiative of DCH: Demolition watch postcard FINAL
The next task for Just Space housing groups after this response will be to feed in to the City Hall’s work on the Mayor’s London Housing Strategy