The Mayor wants to ensure that regeneration of London’s housing estates happens with resident support and engagement. This is part of Homes for Londoners, which brings together all of the Mayor’s work to tackle the housing crisis.
Resident ballot requirement
From 18 July 2018, the Mayor requires any landlord seeking GLA funding for strategic estate regeneration projects which involve the demolition of social homes to demonstrate that they have secured resident support for their proposals through a ballot. This is to make sure that GLA funding only supports estate regeneration projects if residents have had a clear say in plans and support them going ahead.
The requirement applies to projects that involve the demolition of any social housing and the building of 150 or more homes (of any tenure). There are some exemptions to the requirement, including transitional arrangements to help manage the introduction of the requirement. Full details are outlined in the Resident Ballot Requirement funding condition, which is part of the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Capital Funding Guide (the rules and procedures for providing housing with funding from the GLA).
Details of estate regeneration projects known to be named in a signed funding contract with the GLA as of 18 July 2018 are available here. Please note, this should not be treated as a definitive list of estate regeneration projects currently being funded by the GLA. Any queries relating to specific projects should be directed towards the landlord of the estate. Projects on this list may be subject to a ballot unless they seek an exemption from the GLA or they fall beyond the scope of the ballots funding condition.
The Mayor consulted on a proposal to make resident ballots a condition of his funding for strategic estate regeneration schemes that involve the demolition of social housing between 2 February and 10 April 2018. Comments on the Mayor’s proposals made during the consultation shaped the details of the resident ballot requirement. The consultation summary report sets out the comments made and explains how the GLA responded to these when finalising the funding condition.
Better Homes for Local People
Better Homes for Local People: the Mayor’s Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration sets out the Mayor’s expectations for how local authorities and housing associations should engage with residents as part of all estate regeneration schemes, whether or not they include the demolition of homes. The guide outlines his three Better Homes for Local People principles:
- an increase in affordable housing
- full rights to return or remain for social tenants
- a fair deal for leaseholders and freeholders
In addition, the guide sets out how the Mayor intends to ensure these principles are implemented using his planning and funding powers. This includes his Resident Ballot Requirement for regeneration schemes seeking his funding that involve the demolition of existing social homes.
This final guide was published following consultation on a draft guide between 13 December 2016 and 14 March 2017. All Londoners, whether resident on an estate or not, were invited to share their comments on the draft guide. The consultation received more than 2,000 responses.
The Mayor was keen to hear from as wide a range of respondents as possible and so he asked an independent organisation, The Campaign Company, to help with the consultation process. Working with the GLA, they developed a ‘Group Feedback Toolkit’ for small groups of people to use to discuss the draft Good Practice Guide among themselves and respond to the consultation.