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Education Pg 11-13 Health Pg 14-15 Social Housing Pg 16 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 PANEL OF EXPERTS TO KICK-START ESTATES REGENERATION Issue 1 2016 ■ News ■ Education ■ Health ■ Social Housing ■ Urban Regeneration Public Sector READER ENQUIRY 1 New tenants rights will be at the heart of the regeneration of some of the country's most deprived estates, Lord Heseltine has said. A new panel will look at how the layout of estates can be best used to deliver more quality homes that people can buy and rent. The experts will also ensure that there are strong protections in place for existing residents so they will always be given the right to return to their communities. The 17-strong group, co-chaired by Lord Heseltine and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and reporting to the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Greg Clark, will develop a national estate regeneration strategy and work with up to 100 estates to tackle deprivation and transform them into vibrant communities. The Prime Minister has announced that £140m would be made available to jump- start the regeneration. The loan funding will allow communities to lever in investment from the public and private sector to deliver ambitious projects that local people can be proud of. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We know these estates off er huge potential to be revived so that they become thriving communities and places which people want to live and work in. "This panel provides a wealth of experience to kick-start work that will help transform the lives of thousands of people by delivering better homes in better estates." The group will now work with a range of local stakeholders, including communities, local authorities, landlords, investors, builders, housing associations, and anyone else with ideas and ambition. It will draw up the national strategy for estate regeneration by the autumn. Wandsworth Council has announced ambitious plans to regenerate the neighbouring York Road and Winstanley Estates in Battersea, which will see more than 2,000 new home built. A range of affordable homes will provided for people to buy or rent at below market rates and the number of social rent properties will increase. The Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) has identifi ed 80 public land sites, coming in at over 600 acres, which will be put up for sale to accelerate house building. The House Builders Association (HBA) are working with the HCA to break this down by providing a catalogue of smaller sites with a simpler tendering process for smaller NEW HOUSEBUILDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMES housebuilders, as well as facilitating access to fi nance. HBA Policy Advisor Rico Wojtulewicz said: "Access to fi nance has improved but many developers have difficulty drawing it down due to a lack of planning permission. " T h e G o v e r n m e n t h a s recognised this fact and as well as communicating with the HBA Delivering infrastructure which supports economic growth, is resilient to future challenges and is aff ordable were among the key issues debated at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 'Infrastructure Revolution Hub'. The Hub was hosted over the three days of Ecobuild in early and sessions looked a wide range of issues, including how HUB LEADS THE INFRASTRUCTURE REVOLUTION DEBATE world class infrastructure will bring resilience to the economy. There was also discussion on the future demands of urban infrastructure, how we accommodate demand for energy at the lowest possible environmental cost, and whether there is a place for smaller scale innovations in the supply chain. A host of major organisations and companies attended, building specifi cation to fi nd a solution the HCA is making a strong eff ort to identify small sites and support SMEs." including HS2, Crossrail, The Environment Agency and Anglian Water. Levato Mono Porcelain paver system; designed for designed for designed for fast cost effective installation over most surfaces; fast cost effective installation over most surfaces; fast cost effective installation over most surfaces; including single ply membranes, roofing felt and including single ply membranes, roofing felt and including single ply membranes, roofing felt and other delicate waterproofing systems. • 20mm porcelain pavers – larger formats • 'Floating floor' – installation over single ply membranes. • Height adjustable/slope correcting supports • Highly abrasion and stain resistant, Fire & frost proof. • Highly slip resistant; R11 • Lightweight – 45kgs per m 2 . • Non porous. • High load bearing and impact resistance. • Timber & stone effects; 40+ finishes available. • Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial • Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial • Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial and residential use. t. 0845 2700 696 e. info@thedecktileco.co.uk w. www.thedecktileco.co.uk

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