National Housing Federation response to the Mayor of London’s consultation on resident ballots

We have responded to the Mayor of London’s consultation on requiring resident ballots as a condition of accessing GLA funding for estate regeneration schemes which involve the demolition of social homes.

4 April 2018

In our response we:

  • highlight the importance of resident engagement for successful regeneration schemes and reiterate housing associations’ commitment to involving residents in the design, development and delivery of schemes.
  • indicate our support for the principle that in order to access GLA funding, large regeneration schemes which involve significant demolition of social homes should have to demonstrate they have the support of residents via a resident ballot, as recognition of the importance of ensuring existing residents benefit from estate regeneration.
  • highlight the risk that the potential for high abortive costs, should residents vote against a scheme, could prevent some schemes from starting even where they might have secured resident support. 

We also make a series of recommendations to reduce this risk: 

  • We recommend that the scope of the resident ballot is restricted to the offer being made to existing residents and a commitment to ongoing engagement, with only optional inclusion of wider details about the scheme which may be difficult to commit to at an early stage. 
  • We recommend that the GLA match funding is made available for early development of regeneration schemes up until the point of a resident ballot, and subtracted from subsequent GLA funding if the resident ballot is successful
  • We recommend that a resident ballot only be required where the number of homes to be demolished exceeds a percentage threshold of the total number of homes on an estate, with further discussion on the appropriate level to set this.

Full response