About the Estates Regeneration Programme (ERP)
“It is our vision that all of our residents live in a home they can afford, that is safe and well managed and in a neighbourhood they are proud to live in” (Lib Peck, Lambeth’s Housing Strategy, 2012).
The council faces a number of challenges with regard to achieving this vision.There is an urgent housing need and there is far less money available to bring homes up to a decent standard. In addition:
- Numbers on the council waiting list have risen by 60% in 15 years – from 9,000 in 1997 to over 18,000 currently
- 1,300 households are in temporary accommodation.
- 2,700 households are overcrowded and need to move
- 40% of the council housing stock does not meet the standards expected by residents, members or council officers.
- Average property prices in Lambeth stand at close to £400,000, and the cheapest 25% of properties to rent privately average out at £280 per week.
The good news is that the council has secured government funding to support a £499m programme to bring council homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard. This is the largest ever investment in Lambeth’s housing stock and the Standard, co-produced by Lambeth residents, was formally adopted in March 2012.
However, even this amount of money is not enough to resolve all of the issues faced by residents and it cannot deliver new much-needed affordable housing for Lambeth’s residents.
The Councils Cabinet has given approval to the development of an Estate Regeneration Programme, as one way in which the council can use its assets to deliver more homes and enable investment in mixed communities.
Co-operative Engagement with Residents
- The council is committed to Co-producing the Estate Regeneration Programme with the residents.
- The Council is working with the Tenants and Leaseholder Councils to refine the criteria for estate regeneration eligibility.
The Estate Regeneration Programme (ERP) will focus on those estates where the Lambeth Housing Standard works in themselves will be insufficient to address the fundamental condition of the properties, where there is the potential to really improve neighbourhoods, and where there are opportunities to provide new and affordable, high-quality housing.
The ERP has six priorities:
- a programme which is based on joint working with residents to develop proposals which they can support
- to improve access to and the quality of housing that promotes low energy consumption and environmental sustainability, and of the local environment with outstanding public spaces and
- to promote mixed and sustainable communities which provide a high quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds, in safe, cohesive and healthy neighbourhoods, supported by high quality housing and excellent community buildings
- to enable local people to take advantage of economic opportunity in Lambeth with support for training, employment and enterprise
- to support the cultural heritage of the borough and to build on the distinct sense of place
- to increase the supply and quality of homes, maximising the delivery of new affordable homes and meeting local needs, including housing for families.
Eligibility for Estates to be included in the Estate Regeneration Programme
Three overarching principles guide the decision of eligibility
- Focus on those estates where the costs of delivering the Lambeth Housing Standard are prohibitive and /or:
- Where residents and the Council have identified that the Lambeth Housing Standard works alone will neither address the fundamental condition of the properties nor address many of the wider social and economic issues experienced by residents and/or;
- To focus on those estates where the wider benefits arising from regeneration justify the intervention
Partners in the ERP:
The council is responsible for developing and delivering the Estates Regeneration Programme approved by Cabinet in October 2012. In line with our status as a Co-operative Council, we want residents to work alongside us to identify long-term improvements that will transform estates and make people proud to live on them. All key decisions for the programme are the responsibility of the council’s Cabinet and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing
Lambeth Living manages the homes on Cressingham Gardens Estate on behalf of the Council and are partners in the ERP. They are supporting the ERP with information and data about long-term projections for repair and maintenance costs.
Cressingham Gardens TRA and the wider residents:
There is an active Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) and the current committee was elected at a well-attended AGM in May 2014. In 2013 the TRA elected a new committee and elected block representatives for each block. The TRA also developed a questionnaire for measuring resident’s views and needs and used this as a guide for speaking to residents. The TRA regularly updates is database and website with information for wider residents.
At the TRA AGM four resident representatives were elected to the Project Team to represent the wider resident population through the discussions on the future of the estate. The Resident Representatives are supported by an Independent Resident Advisor. (See About Cressingham Gardens page)
The aim of the TRA is to represent the cross-section of residents and ensure that pressure is maintained for the best deal for all residents and a sustainable Cressingham Gardens Community.