Community-led Regeneration

Community-Led Regeneration A Toolkit for Residents and Planners

by Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick


Through seven London case studies of communities opposing social housing demolition and/or proposing community-led plans, Community-Led Regeneration offers a toolkit of planning mechanisms and other strategies that residents and planners working with communities can use to resist demolition and propose community-led schemes. The case studies are Walterton and Elgins Community Homes, West Ken and Gibbs Green Community Homes, Cressingham Gardens Community, Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum, Focus E15, People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH), and Alexandra and Ainsworth Estates. Together, these case studies represent a broad overview of groups that formed as a reaction to proposed demolitions of residents’ housing, and groups that formed as a way to manage residents’ homes and public space better.

Drawing from the case studies, the toolkit includes the use of formal planning instruments, as well as other strategies such as sustained campaigning and activism, forms of citizen-led design, and alternative proposals for the management and ownership of housing by communities themselves.

Community-Led Regeneration targets a diverse audience: from planning professionals and scholars working with communities, to housing activists and residents resisting the demolition of their neighbourhoods and proposing their own plans.


“The toolkit is useful in describing very clearly the options and challenges for resident groups who want to contest unwanted regeneration proposals. … One useful aspect of the toolkit is the detailed description of the legal framework and its history.”
— Pat Turnbull , London Tenants Federation

“Described as a “toolkit for residents and planners”, this is no dry theoretical survey, but a practical guide for the thousands of people currently facing uncertainty about the future of their homes… bringing activists together to share their experiences and build a collective body of knowledge that will be so important for future campaigns. Its release is timely: the coronavirus pandemic has shown just how powerful community self-organising, mutual aid and the solidarity of local support networks can be. By compiling such a broad (if London-centric) range of case studies, Sendra and Fitzpatrick have performed a vital public service, helping to ensure that any communities facing top-down regeneration in future know that they are not alone – and that it is eminently possible to hold off the bulldozers. For now, at least.”
— The Guardian, Oliver Wainright