Nicer Neighbourhoods

Nicer Neighbourhoods - Estate Improvement Scheme

A new initiative to improve the look, feel and living experience of estates in the borough.

Council tenants or leaseholders can put forward ideas for making long-term communal improvements to our neighbourhoods.

Approved proposals are delivered by the council using a dedicated £1million fund, with no cost implications for residents.

The funding available is strictly for proposals that meet the criteria below:

  • Must be “improvement works” not repair works
  • There should not be a significant maintenance legacy
  • Must be capital expenditure (provides benefits over a long period of time)
  • Must not conflict with planned works in the next 24 months
  • Must not benefit individual tenants
  • There needs to be evidence of community support e.g. a vote by the Resident Association
  • The proposal must be non-political, non-religious, not already started.

Examples of estate improvement achemes that meet the criteria are listed below for guidance:

  • Crime prevention initiative (excluding CCTV and door entry systems)
  • Communal lighting
  • Internal painting to communal areas
  • External painting to communal Areas
  • Flooring replacement
  • Play area/ball court/MUGA (multi use games area)
  • Secure storage
  • Bike stores and racks
  • Fencing/railings
  • Community garden/allotment
  • Landscaping
  • Seating
  • Bin enclosures
  • Pigeon deterrents

You can only benefit from improvements if you apply for them, so if you’ve got something in mind, don’t miss out.

Residents must apply as part of an existing or new community group or resident association and provide written evidence of consultation and support from the majority of residents affected by the proposed idea.

We will not accept applications from individuals as we want as many residents as possible to rightly have their say about any potential improvements on the estate.


The scheme is open from November 2020 and will stay open all year round.

Submitted applications take 45 working days (nine weeks) for review by the council:

  • The resident involvement team will acknowledge receipt of the application and make contact if further information or action is required.
  • An application will firstly be reviewed by a local surveyor who will visit the site to check the proposals’ viability and cost.
  • The application will then go to an internal panel for review against the scheme criteria and available funding. 
  • The resident involvement team will provide the application outcome (approved/declined) following the internal panel’s decision.

The council will proceed with implementing approved proposals as soon as possible, which could range from 1-6 months depending on the nature of the project. Exact timelines will be communicated to residents when known.


Review and use the documentation below to participate in the Nicer Neighbourhoods Scheme

  • Application routes – step by step guidance on how a community group or resident association can communicate and gather support for an idea

There are two templates to assist with resident engagement if required:

  1. Petition Template – which captures the details of residents in support for an idea
  2. Contact Slip Template - which helps to engage with residents who could not attend the meeting about an idea
  • Complete the application form to submit the idea or request an electronic or hard copy of the application form by email

For questions or support please contact the resident involvement team on or drop in to your local Housing Hub.