Last week the festive fellows at DCLG  treated us to a National Estates Regeneration Strategy, intended to 'breathe new life' into rundown estates.

In addition to setting out best practice for obtaining funding and engaging with residents, the strategy makes a number of observations about how to manage the planning process.

In particular, the strategy points out that planning permission in principle, enacted in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, "presents an opportunity to substantially de-risk regeneration schemes" and create a "far more certain and streamlined planning process" for those involved in new estate regeneration schemes.

The strategy also points out that estate regeneration provides opportunities "to maximise the effective use of land through higher densities, where possible, to help meet their local housing targets." As well as "an opportunity both to improve housing for existing residents and to provide much needed new homes, particularly in urban areas, where estates have been built at relatively low densities." 

The strategy is supported by new funding promises and could help get some much needed regeneration schemes off the ground.