People in Sheffield urged to come forward with ideas to regenerate city's estates

Sheffield residents along with local authorities, housing associations and developers are being asked to come forward with ideas for regenerating housing estates in their area.
Sheffield residents along with local authorities, housing associations and developers are being asked to come forward with ideas for regenerating housing estates in their area.

Sheffield residents along with local authorities, housing associations and developers are being asked to come forward with ideas for regenerating housing estates in their area.

Earlier this year the Prime Minister announced that £140 million loan funding will be made available to kick-off the regeneration of up to 100 estates across the country, providing high quality homes to benefit thousands of people.

The loan funding will be used as a springboard for partnership and joint venture arrangements, with the active involvement of communities.

Now Lord Heseltine, who is leading the programme, is calling on areas including Sheffield to get in touch and share innovation and good practice – to stimulate proposals for the transformation of estates.

He said: “We know estate regeneration is the key to transforming the lives of people living on poorly designed housing projects – with existing tenants protected, and land unlocked for new housing all over Britain.

“Our plan is to work with 100 housing estates across the country to radically transform them, backed by £140m of loan funding, which will help build more quality new homes, and transform the life chances of residents, both current and future.

“We are keen to keen to hear from all estate regeneration projects so we can learn from the best, support those just starting out and help remove the barriers to this important work.”

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “In 2010 we inherited a housing market on its knees, with historically low levels of house building, a sustained fall in home ownership, and chaos in the regulation of lending.

“Since then new housing starts and the number of first time buyers have doubled, while the net supply of affordable homes has risen for the first time since the 1980s.

“We now want to make much better use of brownfield and public sector land, including the regeneration of inner city estates with their poorly designed high-rise blocks of the 1960s and 70s.”

The regeneration may include changes to layout, upgrading facilities and improving local road and transport links.

The Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel co-chaired by Lord Heseltine and the Housing and Planning Minister, is now calling on local authorities, housing associations, local communities and the private sector to come forward and start a conversation with them to help shape and inform plans to regenerate estates.

In particular, they want to hear from local partnerships and joint ventures that are driving forward local regeneration with diverse ways of working which support the local community.

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