London’s new deputy mayor for housing has signalled that a new best-practice guide to housing estate regeneration in the capital will be launched imminently
James Murray told delegates at this week’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool that a devolved housing regime was essential to bringing forward a ‘London-based solution’, and that the Greater London Authority saw estate regeneration as key.
Murray was housing and development lead at Islington Council until he joined London mayor Sadiq Khan’s City Hall team in May. He said the regeneration guidance would be published this autumn, according to the AJ’s sister magazine Construction News.
The new guidance is likely to coincide with the next stages of the government’s estates regeneration programme, which targets the refurbishment or wholesale redevelopment of up 100 of the nation’s worst housing estates.
The programme, announced by David Cameron in January, is being overseen by a panel chaired by former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine and including RIBA president Jane Duncan and Assael Architecture director Félicie Krikler.
It has already taken expressions of interest from some local authorities keen to have individual estates included in the programme, but no announcement of successful bids has yet been made.
Last week, housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell told the National Housing Federation’s annual conference that ’many of the strong proposals’ received so far had been from housing associations. He suggested that he wanted to see housing associations at the heart of more schemes.