01 / 12 / 2017

New Homes

Fall in criminal damage

New Homes

Fall in criminal damage


Parkview, Raffles Estate




2005 - 2017


Carlisle Council and the local community


£45 million

  • Turning mono-tenure estate into mixed community

  • Dramatic fall in anti-social behaviour

  • 500 new homes created

  • Enhanced public realm

  • New community fire station built 

In 2002 the Raffles Vision project team was established by Carlisle City Council to prepare a programme of practical proposals to revitalise the Estate.

In 2003 Lovell were selected as the preferred partner to deliver the critical housing element of the Vision- the delivery of nearly 500 new high-quality homes to drive change and bring new life into the area.

Working with the local community, Carlisle City Council, Lovell and other partners have helped change perceptions of the Raffles Estate and make it a place people are proud to call home. 


The regeneration of the Raffles estate has delivered on its core aim of widening the range of tenure choice on the estate.

Evidence for the positive and lasting legacy of benefits delivered includes:

Increased demand for both ‘for sale’ and affordable homes in the area – 215 open market homes at Raffles have been sold since 2005 with 39 currently under construction. 107 affordable homes have been built– proof that the area has shaken off its ‘hard-to-let’ reputation.

Improved estate infrastructure and community facilities – including new roads, landscaped areas and community fire station.

Reduced crime statistics – crime on the estate has dropped by 13 per cent since the start of the regeneration programme, with criminal damage figures down by half and car theft by 70 per cent.

New training opportunities and jobs for local people – including seven apprenticeships.

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The Lovell style of operation has always been one of close collaboration with the City, and engagement with the local community as the scheme and phased development progress. The company has always shown complete dedication and commitment to the scheme and are very understanding of the Council’s needs and underlying objectives for the Estate.

Carlisle City Council

Three local apprentices – two joiners and a bricklayer were recruited between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2015. They include apprentice carpenter John Postlethwaite who is a mature trainee – aged 28 – who was turned down by other employers because of his age. He became Lovell’s 1,000th apprentice nationally.

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