The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published (24 March 2015) a volume of essays on the challenge of redeveloping and regenerating existing council estates in London with new 'City Villages' in response to the housing crisis.
Craig McWilliam, Executive Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, contributed to the collection and his essay can be found here.
Craig’s contribution focuses on some of the lessons that could be applied from regenerating the great estates, and points to the need not just to establish new neighbourhoods, but to manage them actively over their lifetime: “The fundamental vision for creating urban neighbourhoods is therefore to be the developer, long-term co-investor and manager of high-quality, enduring mixed-use neighbourhoods, with a vibrant community where people choose to live well in London.”
Other contributors included Lord Andrew Adonis, former Labour cabinet minister and Shadow Infrastructure Minister; Sir Adrian Montague, Non-executive director, Aviva plc; Peter John, Leader, London Borough of Southwark; and Richard Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
According to the IPPR, the vision set out in this volume is based on "significantly more and better housing at a broad range of price and rent levels, facilitated by local authorities leveraging their land ownership, particularly their ownership of existing council estates, in partnership with private and voluntary sector developers".
The full IPPR publication can be found here.