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Decanting on Estate Regeneration Schemes in London: Professional perspectives on responsibility and objectives
v‘Decanting’ refers to the process of moving people out of estates which are slated for demolition or redevelopment by local councils as part of a regeneration scheme. As an aspect of regeneration, it has thus been identified by some academics as a mechanism which enables gentrification and facilitates displacement of low-income residents. This dissertation seeks to enhance our understanding of how decanting functions in practice by sharing the testimony of council employees who have overseen decants on certain regeneration schemes. The research for this paper involved conducting interviews with employees of councils, developers and housing associations, particularly those in areas not commonly analysed in existing academic literature. Its purpose was not to challenge the perspectives and experiences shared by these interviewees, but merely to present their views and observe differences with prevailing narratives in current academic discourse on regeneration and decanting. The findings from this research suggest that previous academic accounts of decanting may overvalue the negative experiences of a minority of dissatisfied residents on certain estates when determining how decanting generally affects displaced individuals. Moreover, they neglect to adequately consider how council employees who oversee decanting approach their work, largely ignoring the principles by which they operate, underestimating the limitations and obstacles they encounter, and understating the extent to which the maintenance of harmonious relationships with decanted residents is conducive to frictionless development.

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