Why it is important to harness people power to shape estate renewal.
The question posed by the original Altered Estates report ’whose estate is it anyway?’ seems to have been clearly answered by central and regional government with the recommendation for community ballots before major regeneration initiatives can proceed.
Policy now firmly puts the needs and wishes of existing residents first. In this chapter we look at whether and how ballots are proving to be successful in endorsing the wishes of the people and defusing tensions. We also show how the pandemic has accelerated the move towards digital democracy in estate regeneration, complementing rather than supplanting traditional face-to-face engagement.
Finally, we touch on how to learn lessons through rigorous and wide-ranging post occupancy evaluation.
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