Estate Regeneration Survey and £10 million Fund

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is seeking to understand the national picture of housing estate regeneration activity. This includes councils’ progress with estate regeneration projects, any barriers to delivery, as well as the expected impact of these projects.


The estate regeneration survey below is now closed. 

The One Public Estate programme (OPE) is partnering with MHCLG to collate this information from councils through an online survey.

In addition, MHCLG has a capital fund of £10 million to support a small number of estate regeneration projects across the country in the financial year 2021-22.  The survey will enable the identification of estate regeneration projects that are able to spend funds in 2021-22, which MHCLG will consider for investment. Note this is a one-off investment to support regeneration activity in 2021-22. There are no plans to extend this funding to future years.  

Projects will need to be deliverable and demonstrate an ability to spend capital funds this financial year. Community and political support will also need to be in place. Eligible costs could include (but are not limited to) demolition and site remediation, tenancy buy-outs, and decant and temporary accommodation costs.

In the first instance, we request that all councils complete Part A and Part B of the online survey - the information provided will be reviewed and shared with MHCLG colleagues to inform future estate regeneration policy. If you have an estate regeneration project that you would like to be considered for the funding, please also complete Part C of the survey. All responses will be acknowledged.

If you want to view the entire selection of questions prior to completing the survey, you can do so below.

PART A

Please fill in your contact details (1 -5), and the contact details of your Senior Responsible Officer (6-9).

1. Name
2. Position
3. Organisation
4. Telephone number
5. Email address

Please provide details of the project Senior Responsible Officer in your council
(typically Head of Service/Director).

6. Name
7. Position
8. Phone number
9. Email
10. What is your council area?
11. Would you be happy for us to contact you to follow up on the information you have provided?

PART B

This section explores the strategic objectives in your area that are reliant on the successful delivery of estate regeneration projects.

12. How are estate regeneration projects helping to meet local housing needs? For example, reducing waiting lists, reducing numbers of those in temporary accommodation.

13. How is the quality of housing stock being improve through estate regeneration? For example, building safety, energy efficiency and sustainability, accessibility.

14. How are your estate regeneration projects improving the public realm? For example, the provision of new public space, improved visual amenity, accessibility.

15. How is estate regeneration responding to demand for different housing tenures e.g. home ownership, shared ownership, private rental, social housing? For example, matching tenure types to changing demographics.

16. Is estate regeneration helping to improve environmental impacts, and if so how? For example through the design (homes, and/or external spaces), materials, energy efficiency.

17. Is estate regeneration helping to reduce numbers of empty homes, and if so how?

18. Is estate regeneration having a positive impact on the local economy and job creation, and if so how? For example, local construction sector, support to local SMEs, skills and training opportunities.

19. Are estate regeneration projects addressing community safety and crime reduction, and if so how? For example, approaches to design, community engagement.

20. Are estate regeneration projects improving local community health outcomes, and if so how? For example, integration and promotion of healthy transport options, partnership working with health providers, improvements to heating and utilities.

21. Are transport links improving due to estate regeneration, and if so how? For example, improvements to cycle facilities, footpaths, other public transport links.

22. Is estate regeneration reducing costs of estate management, and if so how? For example, cost avoidance on required renovations, energy efficiency savings to tenants.

23. Are there any other benefits of estate regeneration in your area?

24. Do you have any suggestions on how the wider benefits of estate regeneration projects might be evidenced? For example, using residents' surveys.

25. What are the key risks and barriers to delivering estate regeneration schemes in your area? For example, availability of funding (revenue and/or capital), availability of additional land, land/site constraints, securing political support, local skills and construction capacity, council staff skills and capacity.

PART C

MHCLG are planning to fund a small number of estate regeneration project across the country in the financial year 2021-22. We are keen to understand where there are estate regeneration projects which may require government intervention and are ready to spend. If you have an estate regeneration project which you would like to be considered please could you provide details below. Please provide details of one project only. Please note that these Part C returns will act as a gateway to the 2021-22 funding opportunity. If you do not have a project that fits the criteria above please only complete Part A and B of the survey.

26. What is the project name?

27. Which council area is the project within?

28. Who is the owner of the estate? (e.g. council or Registered Housing Provider)

29. What is the project site postcode?

30. What is the size of the project site/s in hectares?

31. What is the number of existing housing units?

32. What is the planned number of housing units? (additional, replacement and refurbished)

33. Please describe the planned redevelopment in terms of numbers of planned demolitions, refurbishments, replacements, and additional units. Please provide details of the tenure splits before and after regeneration.

34. Please describe planned development of the public realm.

35. Please provide details to explain the expected impact of this project e.g. how this project will meet specific priorities from your housing strategy, as well as wider, strategic local and central government priorities.

36. Are there clear objectives for the planned redevelopment, and if so what are these?

37. Has the existing condition of the estate been assessed?

38. Have the redevelopment options been appraised?

39. If so what are the primary options and conclusion?

40. Has a financial appraisal been completed?

41. Has a master plan been developed?

42. Have you actively engaged existing residents, and if so, please summarise how this was undertaken and when?

43. Has a planning application been submitted? If so, when do you anticipate a decision being made?

44. Have leaseholder buy outs been either started or completed?

45. Has demolition work started?

46. If so please include start date.

47. Has construction started? This could include refurbishments. 

48. If so please include start date.

49. Is there a funding gap?

50. If there is a funding gap, please state what this is below, and provide further details. For example, are the costs capital or revenue? What is your funding strategy to address any short of long-term funding gaps?

51. If your project is able to spend Estate Regeneration Funding in 2021/22, how much capital funding would you like to bid for?

52. What are the high-level risks to delivering this project? For example, financial risks, procurement risks, construction risks, community risks.

53. Please add any supporting details to help explain the delivery of the project. For example, you may wish to add key milestones.

Please return the survey (Part A and B, or Part A, B and C) by 3 September 2021.  

You may want to consult with local Registered Housing Providers when responding. 


What happens next

We will consider expressions of interest which have a funding need in relation to the project’s ability to a) provide a positive strategic impact and b) deliver at pace. Projects which best meet these criteria will be invited to complete a full application form. Our final assessment criteria will be shared in due course. We expect to invite projects to bid in September 2021.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in this work. If you have any questions about how to respond, or the funding opportunity, please email EstateRegeneration@communities.gov.uk and a member of MHCLG or the One Public Estate team will get back to you.