The prime minister David Cameron has unveiled plans to replace the worst ‘sink
estates’ with what he calls ‘attractive and safe homes’.
Cameron said the government would work with 100 run-down council estates across
the country to either radically transform them or knock them down in order to
improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged.
decades, sink estates – and frankly, sometimes the people who lived in them –
had been seen as something simply to be managed. It’s time to be more ambitious
at every level,’ he said in a speech this week.
mission here is nothing short of social turnaround, and with massive estate
regeneration, tenants protected, and land unlocked for new housing all over
Britain, I believe we can tear down anything that stands in our way.’
new estate regeneration advisory panel will be chaired by Lord Heseltine, the
former deputy prime minister. It will report in detail by this year’s autumn
new £140m fund will also be created to jump-start regeneration projects.
announcement comes as a government commissioned report from property group
Savills claims hundreds of thousands of new homes can be built on London
Richard Turkington, a housing consultant, who has 25 years experience working
on regeneration projects, questioned the financial basis of the plans to replace
the estates outside London.
is dependant of land prices being maintaining and possibly increasing. It only
stacks up in London. I doubt you could get this to work anywhere north of
added that the £140m pledged by the government was nowhere near enough to fund
estate regeneration projects.
might enable you to kick-start the process but it won’t enable you to anything
physical,’ he said.
also took issue with the prime minister equating particular architectural
styles with poverty, joblessness and deprivation.
a built form with social malaise is banal,’ he said.
its public sector high-rise then it’s bad. If it’s private sector high-rise then it's good. You call one a “tower block” and the
other “high rise living”.’
urged the government to take ‘holistic’ approach to regeneration covering
housing, education and social provision.
you going to look at buildings and the lives of the people who live in them, brilliant,
bring it on. But if this is going to be led by housing, then this is really
retrograde stuff,’ he said.
Mayho, CIEH principal policy officer, told EHN there were questions over
whether role of the estate regeneration strategy advisory panel was about
seizing high value land in city centres ripe for redevelopment, or as a revival