Consultations have just ended on the mayor’s draft Good Practice Guide on Estate Regeneration. First impressions are that a strong group of resident, community and other organisations are severely critical of this draft.
The Just Space response is strongly critical but proposes a co-production approach to writing a better version. The key points are:
- Good practice guidance would be valuable, but this draft guidance is not good.
- Just Space wants to continue working with the Mayor to improve it through a process of co-production with officers, Assembly Members and key stakeholders.
- 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 in social rented housing as they have in the past and continue to do.
- 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.
Read the full Just Space response: https://justspacelondon.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/js-response-on-estate-regeneration-march-2017.pdf
Other responses we know of are here:
London Tenants Federation LTF response to LMGPG-ER14.03.17 and an article in 24 Housing about their response and their parallel paper for tenants on how it should be done
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/
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
ASH Architects for Social Housing response: a guide for tenants download https://t.co/bcaNzTk40m
Cressingham Gardens, Lambeth, signed by 75 residents https://savecressingham.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/cressinghams-recommendations-to-the-mayor-of-london/ very precise demands for each tenure category, including PRS and licensees.
Demolition Watch London http://media.wix.com/ugd/395633_86a8c7e0ed214958b1bef55aeb9ed1be.pdf