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Measuring the initial social sustainability impacts of estate regeneration: a case study of Acton Gardens, London

Dixon, T. ORCID:, Bacon, N., Caistor Arendar, L., Nielsen, E., Callway, R. and Naylor, A. (2019) Measuring the initial social sustainability impacts of estate regeneration: a case study of Acton Gardens, London. Journal of Sustainability Research, 1 (1). e190002. ISSN 2632-6582

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In the context of UK housebuilding this paper explores and critically reviews the initial measurement of social sustainability in the first phase of a new housing project on a large estate regeneration development in South Acton, London (conducted in March–April 2015). The research uses an existing “ex post” social sustainability framework adopted for use in other new UK housing projects and also examines local residents’ attitudes to the first phase of the estate regeneration. The social sustainability assessment framework (created to reflect a UK housebuilder's perspective) is based on the analysis and comparison of a range of national datasets and interviews and survey work with new and existing residents and other stakeholders on the estate, and the surrounding areas. The research shows stronger ratings for a number of physical improvements in the new development, but weaker scores for local identity and links with neighbours. The research also shows a mixed picture in their attitudes towards the urban regeneration. The paper provides a critical discussion of the results and the framework, and concludes by setting out the lessons learned from the research for social sustainability assessment. The research will be useful for practitioners, housebuilders and policy makers involved in housing, and those with a wider interest in community wellbeing.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Urban Living group
ID Code:82741


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