This handbook explains why the regeneration of council estates often results in established communities being broken up and moved away, and housing becoming more expensive. It is designed to help local communities learn about gentrification and the alternatives they can fight for. Through the experiences of council tenants, leaseholders and the wider community in London, it contains ideas, stories, tools and resources.
Staying Put is free to use by any individuals, community or amenity groups and campaigns, TRAs, students, researchers and all. We have included two download links above to enable the booklet to be circulated as far and wide as possible. There is a high resolution PDF also if anyone is able to print further copies for community based campaigns.
We are currently working out how we will distribute the printed copies around London. Do get in touch if you are from a council estate or community campaign and would like some copies. We printed 1000 but this will not go round everyone so we ask people to be strategic. Thanks
1: What’s going on?
• Council estates under threat
• What is ‘gentrification’?
• When is ‘regeneration’ gentrification?
• The ‘consultation’ con
• The ‘affordable housing’ con
• What is displacement?
2: What can you do about it?
• Finding out what’s going on!
• Public resources and Freedom of Information
• More than just you! Getting together
• Tenants and Residents Associations
• Organising a local group
• Telling your story
• The consultation game
• A word about the law
3: Alternatives to fight for
• Community planning
• Neighbourhood Planning
• Lifetime Neighbourhoods
• Community Land Trusts
• Co-operative housing
• Community Housing Associations
• Community-led Self Build
It is a collaboration between four groups and individuals:
London Tenants Federation
Federation of organisations of tenants of social housing providers at borough level and at London level. LTF provides information and research on London’s housing issues through accessible policy briefings and newsletters. It facilitates networking and information exchange at local and regional events, linking tenants and other community and voluntary groups. www.londontenants.org
Professor Loretta Lees is a London-based urban geographer. She is an international expert on gentrification and the policies and practices associated with it. She is working to persuade policy makers and communities that there are alternatives.
Just Space is a London wide network of voluntary and community groups operating at the regional, borough and neighbourhood levels. It came together to influence the strategic plan for Greater London – the London Plan – and counter the domination of the planning process by developers and public bodies, the latter often heavily influenced by development interests. www.justspace.org.uk
Southwark Notes Archive Group
Local people opposing and writing about the regeneration &
gentrification of the North Southwark area that has happened over the last 20 years. www.southwarknotes.wordpress.com
Published June 2014