Resident engagement in the regeneration of social housing: the case of Woodberry down, London

Nelson, Suzy and Lewis, Jane (2019) Resident engagement in the regeneration of social housing: the case of Woodberry down, London. International Journal of Housing Policy, 21 (1). pp. 48-69. ISSN 1949-1255

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In recent decades policies of renewing social housing in partnership with private developers have become widespread and critics have described such policies as state-led gentrification. Whilst resident participation in such schemes is often viewed as tokenistic, this paper presents a case of estate renewal where a well established residents’ association is having some success in influencing the outcomes of redevelopment. The residents’ association faces considerable challenges as the local authority has entered a partnership with a major developer and the majority of new homes will be for sale. Nonetheless, the residents’ association has influenced the regeneration in terms of the offers of rehousing to existing residents and in terms of maintaining their sense of place. However, many leaseholders have been displaced and there is an ongoing struggle to ensure that there is not a net loss of social rented housing. The paper highlights how sustained organisation by residents can affect the outcomes of redevelopment, but also illustrates the limitations of developer-led regeneration in meeting social objectives.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: regeneration of social housing; gentrification; resident engagement; displacement; sense of place
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
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Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 12:16

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