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Hurst Farm Regeneration Project

Derbyshire Dales District Council is proud to announce a successful bid for Government funding to work with the community of Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock to build a long term regeneration strategy.

Hurst Farm estate from High TorBackground

We joined forces with Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) Waterloo Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm to make the successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The £100,000 from the Government's Estate Regeneration Fund, has helped us to appoint a regeneration manager to support a two year detailed feasibility study and masterplanning of the 600-home Matlock estate. The District Council has also provided an additional £21,525 from its Revenue Grants Unapplied Reserve to fund the strategy.

Separately, housing association Waterloo Housing Group has won £90,000 from the Estate Regeneration Fund to support the purchasing of specialist consultancy services to move forward the strategy for improvement of the estate.

This funding has been made available because the Government recognises that poor housing and neighbourhood design can significantly impact on life chances and that the estate regeneration process proposed and supported by the funding can offer a real opportunity to transform the way people live on Hurst Farm long term.

Hurst Farm is among more than 100 housing estates across the country set to benefit from investment cash designed to kick-start their regeneration, with a total of £32 million being distributed to local authorities and housing associations. The cash will also help address problems that hold up projects and give local authorities access to skills to ensure high-quality regeneration.

The Project 

The study proposes to look at the many complex underlying issues on the estate. These include the physical infrastructure of the estate (parking, road surfacing, green spaces and maintenance), as well as the social issues such as health, fuel poverty, education and employment.

It aims to support the development of community assets like the community centre, the school and the social club and the creation of more local employment and training opportunities. It is envisioned that the resulting strategic plan and data will allow for future development to be more co-ordinated and will provide the evidence needed to apply for additional pots of funding to support the implementation of the strategy.

Estate Regeneration Manager

Marie Schmidt pictured at Hurst Farm EstateMarie Schmidt, a chartered landscape architect with experience in community regeneration, has been appointed as Estate Regeneration Manager. Marie reports to a project steering group and aims to work closely/hand-in-hand with the Friends of Hurst Farm, all the residents and stakeholders, to survey the estate, gather the required data and undertake consultation within the community to develop a new vision for the estate.

As the project develops the District Council will provide further information through this website, ensuring residents and stakeholders remain fully informed. For further information please email: marie.schmidt@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

What they are saying...

Tom Casey, Chair of the Friends of Hurst Farm said:

"It's great news regarding the regeneration funding and great news for the Hurst Farm Estate. Community spirit is at an all-time high and this just adds to that."

The District Council's Head of Housing Rob Cogings said:

"Unsurprisingly, the Government awards have largely favoured urban areas, so it's especially pleasing that we have managed to win support for a rural district - and being among only three successful council bids in the whole of the East Midlands is a massive achievement.

"A considerable amount of resource has been put into Hurst Farm over the last 20 years by local authorities, the police, housing providers, health and the voluntary sector, resulting in some improvements. However, the estate remains a focus for many agencies, and part of the rationale for developing an estate regeneration project here is to address some of the underlying issues that affect the estate, and to find solutions to them."

Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales CVS Neil Moulden said:

"The agencies involved in this bid have already worked closely with Hurst Farm residents and the progressive Friends group and there is a general appreciation that investment is needed to provide the necessary knowledge of the issues facing the estate. Initially the regeneration funding will be used to support and engage with residents. In time it is hoped the project will be able to bid for and attract capital finance from a range of sources to deliver environmental improvements and community benefits on the estate."