Impact on Communities, Institutions and the Environment
According to a review of Demolition or Refurbishment of social housing, decisions to demolish or refurbish buildings are often taken by professional experts and developers without adequate engagement with local residents and communities . This can result in council decisions becoming controversial and divisive as some residents are suspicious of the promises or intentions of the authority due to lack of information or poor consultation, with other residents on the other hand embracing the changes.
The SGTO has committed itself to undertake a long term exploratory study of the impact of regeneration of council estates through demolition or refurbishment, as well as the impact of doing nothing. Whichever scenario is undertaken on an estate, there is an impact on a host of stakeholders, and this study will look at the impact on the following:
The exploratory study will also look at the environmental and financial impact of the Demolition, Refurbishment or doing nothing on an estate. The focus of the study is Southwark, taking in comparative analysis from other parts of London and the country.
Project Team and contributors
Because of the longitudinal nature of the project, there will be a turnover of volunteers and contributors to the project, however, this is a good thing because the project will then benefit from the variety of individuals who contribute, bringing their own insight and analysis on a very difficult and complex topic. The aim of the overall project is to ensure the SGTO is data rich on the topic of Demolition and Refurbishment so it can provide support to residents confronted with a discussion about either route and to provide valuable information to Southwark Council through regular updates on the work being carried out.
The project has been developed and being led by David McLean, the SGTO Campaigns and Research Officer-
“Ultimately the hope is that coinciding with the completion of the Aylesbury Estate 20 or so years hence, the SGTO will publish a book on the subject of the research as a definitive guide. Contributors so far have been aware that they have been taking part in an ambitious project, and that their work will be recorded and published and used by future contributors/volunteers to test hypotheses and inform them of the developments in this area.
The difficult task will lie with those at end of the project who will have to edit and bring together all that we have been researching into a concise and coherent document that will inform policymakers and be a reference for residents and interested stakeholders.”
Kate was one of the first volunteers to join the project team, she brought a strong level of organisation to the team, ensuring our early meeting were recorded and allowed us to remain focused.
Kate is currently working towards her MSc in Development Economics at SOAS, where much of her work focuses on land markets in developing countries, and the applied economics of Africa. She has previously worked as an economic consultant, providing analysis and advice in legal and regulatory proceedings. Prior to this, she worked as a policy researcher in various education and social enterprise settings.
Kate is no longer with the team due to her very heavy workload, but keeps in touch.
Leo has experience working as a Policy Officer in his native Jersey, he has now relocated to London and is working part-time for a charity, he is has a firm belief that highlighting the effects of regeneration on residents and the community is important work to inform public policy.
Leo has a wealth of research experience, most recently he has been volunteering with the organisation Unlock Democracy on different research projects that all seek to politically empower individuals in Britain. Leo has undertaken different research projects and has produced works of publishable quality including writing blog posts and contributing towards the Right to Recall of MPs Report.
Aimee just completed her final year at London Metropolitan studying Politics and International Relations, she completed her dissertation in Demolition and regeneration, which was ideal for her when she joined the team earlier in the year.
Aimee was granted a £10,000 bursary in the summer to do a post graduate course at Metropolitan university.
Aimee has a young child. Aimee is passionate about civil society and is a member of the Model UN society
Freddy, originally from Bath and Anthropologist graduate joined the team at the end of 2014- Freddy gave a presentation of the project when the SGTO held its Group meeting in Canada Water TRA Hall at the beginning of 2015.
Freddy is interested in public policy issues and the development of communities, during his time with the team he worked on building a database of specific stakeholders for the project.
Freddy left the project after securing full-time employment.