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Government reveals estate regeneration panel

Lansbury Estate, Poplar
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Assael Architecture director Felicie Krikler and RIBA president Jane Duncan have been named on a new government panel driving the redevelopment of 100 council housing estates

The 17-strong panel, chaired by former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, met for the first time this week at an estate in Clapham, south London.

It will work on plans announced last month by prime minister David Cameron to demolish and intensify development on housing estates owned by local authorities.

Lord Heseltine said: ‘Estates regeneration is key to transforming the lives of people living on poorly designed housing projects. The panel will provide expert advice, support and explore innovative funding solutions to drive forward the regeneration of estates around the country.’

However, he added that the work would be locally-led and urged residents of estates to come forward with ideas on how to regenerate their environments.

A report used by the government as the basis for the new initiative concluded that an additional 360,000 homes could be accommodated within the existing footprint of housing estates in London alone.

Cameron presented the initiative as a move to tackle poverty and increase social cohesion, and implicated modernist architecture in helping spark the 2011 riots.

‘As spatial analysis of the riots has shown, the rioters came overwhelmingly from these post-war estates,’ Cameron said.

Krikler, who was promoted to director at Assael in November, has worked on a number of urban regeneration schemes, including public exhibitions, community consultation, liaising with local authorities and statutory bodies.

She and Duncan are joined on the panel by others including Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council; Nicholas Boys Smith, director of policy research body Create Streets; Elaine Bailey, chief executive of Hyde Housing Association; Tony Pidgley, chief executive of Berkeley Homes; and Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing & Finance Institute.

The panel will now work to draw up the national strategy for estate regeneration by the autumn.

Its objectives include providing strong protection for existing residents, such as rights of return, promoting high standards of design and attracting more private and public sector investment to help regenerate estates.

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  • Sally Lewis

    'Rights of return' are no good for people who in the years of construction will have to uproot their lives, settle somewhere else, move their kids to new schools.

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