The Castle Vale estate was built in the 1960s and whilst the new housing was initially welcomed by residents, the problems of mass unemployment in the 1980s were compounded by deteriorating housing, and the estate fell into disrepute. Castle Vale had £300 million spent on it through the Housing Action Trust which completed a regeneration in 2005.
Castle Vale Community Housing Association (CVCHA) was set up in 1997, initially to develop and manage new homes on the Castle Vale estate after residents voted to create a Housing Action Trust. Our central aim has been to break the seemingly endless cycle of decline that so many neighbourhoods experience, where one regeneration programme succeeds another, yet underlying poverty and disadvantage prove intractable. The housing asset that we took on from the council has been critical to our growth and sustainability.
It has meant that Castle Vale has avoided dependence on government funding programmes, helping it to be resilient in the face of change.