Estate Renewal: Delivering Better Outcomes – Community | Social Value | Sustainability
November 06th 2020
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Olivia Harris was appointed as Chief Executive of Dolphin Living in April 2017. Previously, Olivia was Finance Director at Dolphin, providing financial and commercial oversight on a wide range of property and related projects, including debt and fund raising. Olivia is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for more than 15 years in the property industry.
Legal & General Affordable Homes
Ben Denton is Managing Director of L&G Affordable Homes. L&G Affordable Homes’ set up in 2018 with an ambitious business plan to develop 3,000 affordable homes pa by 2022 alongside building a best in class customer services experience. L&G are investing patient, long-term capital in order to grow the capacity of the affordable housing sector and in so doing, deliver societally important outcomes. L&G Affordable Homes sits alongside L&G’s other housing businesses including BTR, Modular, Cala and Inspired Villages Group. Prior to L&G, Ben held a number of positions in the public and private sectors, delivering residential led development and regeneration.
Cllr Clare Coghill
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. She became Junior Cabinet Member for Health later in the same year. Subsequently, she held a junior portfolio focused on Town Centres. Clare was appointed as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in May 2012, leading the Council’s work on Children’s Social Care, Safeguarding and Education.
In 2014, Clare was appointed the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets and led a fresh approach to regeneration, planning and development. Waltham Forest has excellent infrastructure, green space and transport links, therefore the priorities lie in developing new, good quality, affordable housing and vibrant town centres. Clare’s policy innovations in this role focussed on pubs, the night-time economy and economic growth.
In January 2017 Clare was elected as Leader of the Labour Group at Waltham Forest Council, and subsequently elected as Leader of the Council at the AGM of Full Council on 25th May 2017. Clare was re-elected Leader of the Council for a 4 year term at the AGM of Full council on 24th May 2018.
Davinia is Partnerships Director at Countryside focusing on regeneration of brownfield land, town centres and estates across London and surrounding towns in partnership with local authorities and housing associations. She has twelve years of regeneration experience and has worked on large projects including 3,000 homes at Acton Gardens in Ealing and 3,500 homes at Beam Park in East London.
Chief Executive Officer
Future of London
Nicola is CEO of Future of London, an independent network supporting housing, planning and regeneration professionals through leadership, research and networks. She leads on strategy, business development and partnerships.
Nicola is passionate about the role of the built environment to improve lives and address inequality. At Design Council and CABE she led national programmes to support the public and private sectors to plan and deliver well designed buildings and spaces.
Nicola is a member of the Mayor’s London Green Spaces Commission and the TCPA Inclusive Planning Sounding Board.
Chairperson: Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive Officer, Future of London
Delivering more and better homes is a top priority for Central and Local Government; ensuring the quality and mix of tenure and affordability. The recent Planning for the Future white-paper proposals aims to simplify the planning process and facilitate increased housing delivery across the UK. This draft document has been met with opposition and controversy from various stakeholders; including around community-engagement.
Estate Renewal is a key part of UK Regeneration. Quality affordable homes are essential, and at the core of this is the local community. Estate Renewal schemes involve close partnership working between the local authority, the community and the developer. Getting this right creates a win for all. Most importantly, improvements in the liveability of neighbourhoods, towns and Cities.
Generating enhanced social value to an area is a critical part of estate renewal. But, who decides where the social value should be added in a neighbourhood? Can this be qualitatively measured / tracked? How reliable are the measuring techniques?
Resident ballots put residents at the heart of decision making and have helped in the smooth delivery of new homes. However, opposition to developments, is now coming from small London-wide groups, rather than locals, and aren’t necessarily representing the views of those living in an area. What are the best ways to engage with local communities? Has technology enabled a more inclusive engagement model? Or rather, are we finding it excludes a sub-section of the community without this technology?
The Gentrification debate is not a new one. And some cite this as an unavoidable consequence of regeneration. A key issue for debate in this webinar - how can we prioritise keeping communities together - and how can the consequent economic growth of the area benefit the existing community; as higher socio-economic groups are attracted to the area and drive up price and demand?
Is Estate Renewal a good prospect for the developer and investor? Or is it too complex to navigate in current conditions? How can Public and Private partnerships improve future outlook for such schemes? Is Community ‘King’ and how can better community-engagement lead to better outcomes for all?