News from Siân Berry: Estate funding a kick in the teeth for tenants

08 December 2016

Sian Berry calls on the Mayor to support estate residents

A pot of £140 million for estate regeneration was announced by the Government today but it is only available to landlords and councils.

The fund will provide experts and help to plan new buildings and demolition but residents with their own ideas will not be able to apply.

Sian Berry said:

“The Mayor needs to step in where the Government has shut out estate residents from deciding the future of their homes.

“They know the areas they live in better than anyone, don’t want to see their homes demolished and their ideas need funding too.

“I have been pushing the Mayor to support community-led housing [1] [2] in London and to take up my idea of a Community Homes Unit of experts at City Hall

“The Mayor should provide expertise and grants for residents to get involved in planning at an early stage and develop viable proposals and take ownership of their estates.

“The panel of experts who produced estates regeneration guidance was co-chaired by Lord Heseltine.

When the funding was initially announced in February Lord Heseltine said: “I am clear that this has to be locally led and we must work with the residents of such estates.

“I now want to see local communities coming forward with innovative ideas to achieve desirable neighbourhoods that local people can be proud of.” [3]

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