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Prince Charles to visit Packington Estate

With a visit to Packington Estate in Islington, The Prince of Wales will mark the launch of his Foundation for Building Community’s latest report: Housing Communities: What People Want.

The Prince will visit the area to see the redevelopment that is taking place and to meet residents and community representatives who have been included in the process.

Charles will also meet young people who have completed The Prince’s Trust Get Into Construction programme. The programme is a brief yet rigorous course providing unemployed young people the skills and self-confidence to obtain work in the construction trade. Part of the course included a placement on the Packington Estate regeneration site.

The Prince will attend a meeting and listen to stakeholders and experts talk about how to provide effective estate regeneration projects that significantly involve local residents and communities.

Following the meeting The Prince of Wales will meet the Arlington Association’s volunteer gardeners, working on the Arlington Square gardens.

Redeveloped by the Hyde Group, The 1960s housing blocks that comprise The Packington Estate are being transformed in a mixture of modern flats along Regent’s Canal as well as number of townhouses.

This mix will allow much needed housing in a mix of reasonably priced, social and open market homes. Residents and community members were involved in the prices from the beginning. They gave input into their choices and had a say during the consulting phase.

“I am delighted that my Foundation combines education with championing community-building worldwide, engaging with all sorts of people across the globe and bringing talented people together to create long-term, practical solutions to the communities in which we live,” Prince Charles noted.

The Foundation began in 1987 as Prince Charles’ “Vision for Britain” that was presented as BBC documentary on modern architecture in Britain. It has now developed into charity dedicated to involving, teaching and inspiring communities across the world.

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