The Scowerdons, Weakland and Newstead (SWaN) estates are located in the south east of the city. Scowerdons and Weakland are part of the wider Hackenthorpe neighbourhood, whilst Newstead forms part of the Birley neighbourhood.

The SWaN estates were made up of 809 non-traditional houses, built in the 1960s. These property types suffered from persistent repair and structural problems arising from their construction style.

In addition to disrepair problems, the lack of choice in the type and size of housing available and the outdated layout and design contributed to concerns about the sustainability of the estates.

Different options to address the stock condition problems were explored. In March 2003, following extensive consultation with local residents and stakeholders, our Cabinet approved the phased demolition and redevelopment of the 3 estates.

Rehousing & demolition

All rehousing and demolition is now complete. The last properties were demolished in December 2015.


Home Group were our preferred Housing Association partner and they have delivered over 300 new homes on the 3 estates.

Residents affected by demolition were able to choose to return to one of these new homes, to a tenure of their choice. This is the unique SWaN Residents’ Charter commitment.

Home Group have completed all of their new build homes and all residents have now moved.

The Residents' Charter

A unique Residents’ Charter was in place for the SWaN project.

The Charter set out our commitment to residents throughout the regeneration process. This included the commitment that a new home of the tenure of choice would be available for existing residents who wanted to return to a new home on the estates.

Everyone who wanted a new property on the estates was nominated for one, and all residents have now moved into their new homes.

Contact Strategic Housing and Regeneration Team