Estate regeneration project takes shape

A project manager has been appointed to help create a master plan for the regeneration of the Derbyshire Dales’ biggest housing estate.

It was announced in May that the 600-home Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock had been chosen as one of only three council areas in the whole of the East Midlands to win £100,000 Government cash to support a two-year detailed feasibility study.

Now Marie Schmidt, a chartered landscape architect with experience in community regeneration, has been appointed as Estate Regeneration Manager, reporting to a project steering group.

Based at Derbyshire Dales District Council, which, along with Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Waterloo Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm, successfully won the £100,000 from the Government’s Estate Regeneration Fund, Marie is looking to kick-start the estate’s regeneration.

She said: “I will be working with the Friends of Hurst Farm, all the residents and stakeholders to survey the estate, gather the required data and undertake consultation within the community to develop a new vision for the estate.  The resulting strategic plan and data will allow for future development to be more co-ordinated and will provide the evidence needed to apply for further funding.

“Poor housing and neighbourhood design can significantly impact on life chances and the estate regeneration process proposed and supported by the funding can offer a real opportunity to transform the way people live on Hurst Farm long term.”

In addition to the Government funding, the masterplan project is to receive £21,525 from the District Council’s Revenue Grants Unapplied Reserve.

Marie added: “The study will look at the many complex underlying issues such as the physical infrastructure of the estate including parking, road surfacing, green spaces and maintenance, supporting the development of community assets like the community centre, the school and social club and the creation of more local employment and training opportunities.”

Marie will shortly be announcing new communications channels for the Hurst Farm Project in addition to web pages at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/hurstfarmproject