Environmental charity, Groundwork, has welcomed the significance placed on community engagement in the government’s ‘Estate Regeneration National Strategy’, released today (08.12.2016).
The strategy sets out the government’s plan to invest £170 million into housing estates across the UK, following David Cameron’s announcement earlier this year to regenerate ‘sink estates’.
As well as recognising the importance of resident engagement during the planning and delivery stage, additional emphasis has also been placed on providing communities with high-quality green space; highlighting the significant benefits that access to these spaces can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK, said:
"We’re pleased that early and ongoing community engagement is given such a high priority in the national strategy.
"Not only does this help ensure that regeneration projects meet the needs and aspirations of residents but, done in the right way, can also unlock huge potential in communities to play a more active part in how their estates and neighbourhoods are run.
"Our experience is that a focus on tackling shared issues and improving shared spaces can bind diverse communities together and enable people to develop the confidence and skills they need to ensure their voice is heard."
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