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Orbit CEO joins estate regeneration panel with Lord Heseltine

Paul Tennant, chief executive of Orbit Group, the 39,000-home housing provider, is one of 17 industry experts tasked with drawing up a national strategy for estate regeneration.

Leading figures from across the housing sector, development, policy and local government, are part of the panel co-chaired by Lord Michael Heseltine and housing minister Brandon Lewis.

Prime Minister David Cameron last month announced plans to regenerate up to 100 housing estates across England. The government is providing a £140m fund to “jump-start” regeneration projects, and has tasked the panel to come up with ways of encouraging private and public sector investment to provide the vast majority of the funding for the schemes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said other objectives of the panel include providing protection for existing residents, delivering more homes for rent and ownership, speeding up delivery of new homes and promoting high-quality design.

Paul Tennant said: “Housing associations have a track record of delivering large-scale regeneration so there is valuable insight that can be provided from the sector. The housing sector will be a key delivery partner in regenerating communities across the country.”