Regeneration boost for Matlock estate

The Derbyshire Dales' biggest housing estate is to get a six-figure regeneration boost.

The Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock is one of only five sites in the whole of the East Midlands to win cash from the Government's Estate Regeneration Fund.

Local agencies Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) joined forces with Dales Housing and the Friends of Hurst Farm to make the successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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.

In addition to £100,000 from the Government fund, the Hurst Farm project will receive £21,525 from Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Revenue Grants Unapplied Reserve. The money will be will be used to fund a two-year regeneration project manager and spot purchasing of specialist consultancy services to move forward a strategy for improvement on the 600-home Matlock estate.

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."

Separately, housing association Waterloo Housing Group has won £90,000 from the Estate Regeneration Fund to meet the cost of feasibility studies on Hurst Farm.

Bids were assessed by a joint panel of the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Homes and Communities Agency.

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."

The Hurst Farm Estate Regeneration Manager will report to a project board.

  • View the report [PDF 1.44MB - pages 4-12] on the regeneration scheme - including an outline project plan - that was discussed by our Community & Environment Committee.
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