Case study: Regeneration

Background 
Keeble Brown has had, and continues to have clients that are active in providing mixed tenure homes as part of residential-led regeneration projects on brownfield sites. 

Example one 
A large urban site, most of which was devoted to waste disposal activities, was acquired by a London-based housing association. 

Challenge 
Local demand for affordable housing coupled with viability issues meant that the site demanded a high-density design response. Constraints included proximity to Network Rail assets, locally listed buildings and properties occupied by religious groups. 

Community consultation
Initial community consultation activities revealed a range of opposing and strongly held opinions that were likely to upset political support for the scheme. 

Response 
Keeble Brown worked closely with the client and the project team to ensure a thorough understanding of the scheme’s qualities and potential for community-responsive amendments to the scheme. 

Co-ordinating with existing community groups gave us the opportunity to show political leaders that the schemes’ main objectors were not properly representative and that our client’s scheme would gain widespread approval from the majority of local residents and business. 

The extra mile 
Some stakeholders were also statutory consultees. Keeble Brown has a wide range of contacts and a network of people who can be relied upon for advice and guidance. By using our network of contacts we were able to unblock crucial elements of the scheme. 

Example two 
A large, post-industrial site close to the centre of an historic coastal town, with heritage assets and a settled community that cherished its cosy conservation status had been identified as a prime brownfield regeneration opportunity for nearly thirty five years. 

Our client purchased the site in 2014 with the aim of developing much needed housing, public realm and employment opportunity. Laudable aims that had failed to win hearts or minds for decades.