19 May 2017
Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock, the biggest estate in the Derbyshire Dales, has received a boost in the shape of Department for Communities and Local Government funding to accelerate estate regeneration.
Hurst Farm, where Waterloo Housing Group owns 300 homes, is one of only five schemes in the whole of the East Midlands to win cash from the Government's Estate Regeneration Fund.
Our successful bid for £90,000 of funding will allow us to carry out feasibility studies on the estate looking at how we can improve parking, traffic flows and the general estate environment as well as looking into ways to help deal with the 37 remaining prefabricated reinforced concrete homes that have not had structural improvements.
We submitted our bid to support Derbyshire Dales District Council’s own bid for £100,000 to fund the employment of a Regeneration Manager for the estate. We’ll be working closely with Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service, as well as the Friends of Hurst Farm and other agencies, to develop a plan for sustainable regeneration of the estate.
Over the past 20 years a considerable amount of resource has been put into Hurst Farm by Dales Housing (now part of the Waterloo Housing Group), Derbyshire Dales District Council, the police, and the health and voluntary sectors. While this has resulted in some improvements, 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 find solutions to them.
The funding award is especially pleasing because the Government awards have largely favoured urban areas. At a recent visit it was evident that representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government were impressed by Waterloo's collaborative approach with Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service.
We look forward to working closely with Derbyshire Dales District Council on this ongoing project.