Over 100 housing estates get regeneration funding boost

March 24, 2017 / Isla MacFarlane
Over 100 housing estates get regeneration funding boost

Funding will be distributed to local authorities and housing associations to speed up the building of thousands of new homes.

More than 100 housing estates across the country are set to benefit from a significant investment to kick-start their regeneration, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

From Gateshead to Plymouth, the £32 million Estate Regeneration Fund will be distributed to local authorities and housing associations across England to speed up the building of thousands of new homes.

After successful engagement with local communities, a total of 105 estates will benefit from the funding, to be used to speed up regeneration schemes in their early stages. It will also help address problems that hold up projects and give local authorities access to skills to ensure high-quality regeneration.

In Birmingham, the money will be used to start discussions with local communities and ensure the Meadway regeneration creates a place local residents are proud of. In Milton Keynes it will be used to kick start the regeneration of seven estates to provide thousands of new homes.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said, “For too long a number of housing estates across the country have been areas characterised by low-quality homes and high social deprivation.

“This government is determined to have a housing market that works for everyone. That’s why we’re turbocharging the regeneration of these rundown estates, so they can thrive as communities.”

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said, “Our housing white paper set out ambitious proposals to help fix the broken housing market and to encourage good design.

Estates regeneration must be locally-led, and this £32 million fund will help breathe new life into estates throughout the country. It will help more ordinary working people have the security of a decent place to live.”

Announced last year, the Estate Regeneration Strategy offered a blueprint for regenerating estates, providing advice and guidance to help improve and speed up development. In addition to the £32 million released, £140 million in loan funding is available over the length of the current Parliament to encourage investment in regeneration from the private sector.

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