Pressat – Communities the ‘lynchpin’ for estate regen according to the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

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Communities the ‘lynchpin’ for estate regen according to the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has emphasised the importance of community consultation in following the Government’s recent focus on estate regeneration.

The Prince’s Foundation Senior Director, Ben Bolgar, said:

“If good quality housing is to be provided for those that desperately need it and ‘sink estates’ to become more desirable and pleasant places to live, then local communities need to be involved from the very beginning. Community consultation is the absolute lynchpin to successful building programmes, whether breathing new life into estates or establishing completely new places.

“We believe the people who live in an area have the right to decide on the future of their homes. This is one, crucial, step that we outline in our report Six Steps to Estate Regeneration and one I hope that will be fundamental to all government plans to revitalise these homes.”

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has also today accepted an invitation to sit on the Government’s advisory panel for their Regeneration programme. As a member of the advisory panel, the Prince’s Foundation will share its expertise and highlight the importance of estate regeneration plans including essentials such as community consultation and the ‘right to remain’ for existing residents.

“There are several key elements that our work has shown us are important to creating resilient, harmonious communities” Ben Bolgar adds. “A priority is ensuring existing communities are not permanently displaced by any changes. In addition, tenure blind integrated social and affordable housing is crucial”.

The Foundation has decades of experience working closely with communities to plan, design and build desirable, sustainable communities. The Prince’s Foundation have released a series of reports in recent years contributing to housing debate and the important of community consultation, including Housing London: a Midrise SolutionHousing Communities: What People Want. The Prince’s Foundation also worked with Hyde Housing Group to release the 6 Steps to Estate Regeneration Report, following a strategic discussion convened at The Packington Estate in London in 2014 to learn from successful estate regeneration projects.

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For further information contact: Kathryn Cook, Communications Manager, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community:

T 020 7613 8586, 07823 357 373, Kathryn.cook@princes-foundation.org