Community-Led Regeneration

A Toolkit for Residents and Planners

Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick

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ISBN: 9781787356085

Publication: April 15, 2020

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Through seven London case studies of communities opposing social housing demolition and/or proposing community-led plans, Community-Led Regeneration offers a toolkit of planning mechanisms and other strategies that residents and planners working with communities can use to resist demolition and propose community-led schemes. The case studies are Walterton and Elgins Community Homes, West Ken and Gibbs Green Community Homes, Cressingham Gardens Community, Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum, Focus E15, People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH), and Alexandra and Ainsworth Estates. Together, these case studies represent a broad overview of groups that formed as a reaction to proposed demolitions of residents' housing, and groups that formed as a way to manage residents' homes and public space better.

Drawing from the case studies, the toolkit includes the use of formal planning instruments, as well as other strategies such as sustained campaigning and activism, forms of citizen-led design, and alternative proposals for the management and ownership of housing by communities themselves.

Community-Led Regeneration targets a diverse audience: from planning professionals and scholars working with communities, to housing activists and residents resisting the demolition of their neighbourhoods and proposing their own plans.

Pablo Sendra is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He combines his academic career with professional practice in urban design. He is co-founder of the urban design practice Lugadero, which has recently run a co-design process for two public spaces in Wimbledon, London. He is also co-founder of Civicwise, a network that works on civic engagement and collaborative urbanism. At UCL, he is the Acting Director of the MSc in Urban Design and City Planning programme, the coordinator of the Civic Design CPD Course and the Deputy Leader of the Urban Design Research Group.

Daniel Fitzpatrick finished his PhD in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, in 2017, investigating mutual housing models in London and their governance. Since then, he has been a researcher at the Bartlett looking at formal and informal practices of estate regeneration and collective housing. He continues to tutor on planning, urban design, housing and governance issues. He has worked in India, Italy, Cuba, Chile, Nepal and London, working on projects at different scales, from international development to regeneration and within local government. He was a partner of Variant Office between 2014 and 2018.


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Part I: Case studies

1. Walterton and Elgins Community Homes

2. West Ken Gibbs Green Community Homes

3. Cressingham Gardens Community

4. Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum

5. Focus E15

6. People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH)

7. Alexandra and Ainsworth Estates

Part II: Tools for community-led regeneration

8. Gaining residents’ control

9. Localism Act 2011

10. Policies for community participation in regeneration

11. Using the law and challenging redevelopment through the courts

Sarah Sackman

12. Informal tools

Part III: Next challenges for community-led regeneration




Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

184 Pages

17 colour illustrations Illustrations

17 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787356085

Publication: April 15, 2020

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