In the face of reduced grant, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal and redevelopment have become increasingly important options for meeting housing need across London. However, this kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle of inward-facing estates and increasingly segregated communities that don’t deliver on their potential.
Co-sponsored by Lend Lease, GVA, Countryside, London Communications Agency and Pollard Thomas Edwards with support from Lovell and Lewis Silkin, Future of London’s Nov 6th conference took a two-pronged approach to identifying effective ways forward: the event and ensuing report focus partly on strategic issues such as funding, delivery models and planning; and partly on front-line issues such as transport and neighbourhood integration, process issues such as decanting and Compulsory Purchase Orders, space and density standards, and community consultation.
Both themes – and associated visits coming in the new year – highlight where and how estate renewal is working; where the pitfalls are; and how this renewal and infill approach can be maximised to provide quality housing for Londoners – urgently and into the future.
Date: Thursday, 6th November 2014
Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY (map)
Now more than ever, partnerships are critical to successful estate renewal. Innovative thinking and a practical, multi-stakeholder approach have become vital to the functionality and longevity of London’s housing estates, especially given reduced public funding. Other elements such as renewed local authority development programmes, the changing nature of housing associations, the growing appetite of private and institutional investors and an increasing number of partnerships with estate-savvy developers and builders suggest that this is a good time for a pan-London and cross-sector look ahead. This topic underpinned both plenary sessions.
Morning: Strategic issues
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Afternoon: Front-line issues
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Registration and follow-up report
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Opening presentations from David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing & Land, GLA
Funding presentations from the above panellists (Yinka Bolaji, Genesis; Jonathan Clarke, Centrus Advisors; Andrew Sivess, LB Barking & Dagenham)
Press release 28th October 2014: Partnerships critical to effective estate renewal, says Future of London