Published: 25th Oct 2012

Vibrant and Viable Places, the new consultation document for Welsh regeneration, represents a new approach for Wales and a turning point in the country’s regeneration policy. It’s an important step in the evolution of the UK regeneration agenda into an era of funding scarcity. It proposes the creation of new regional regeneration boards, acting as the connective tissue between the ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches to regeneration. They will map regional activities, needs and opportunities, and develop a business plan for funding and partnership – a bold departure from the current regeneration areas model. Where Welsh regeneration policy previously lacked certainty and transparency, a new ministerial advisory panel will, at national level, advise, scrutinise and comment upon proposals generated at regional level. There is a welcome focus on programme evaluation so that activities are mapped and measured. Until now, regeneration has been evaluated by describing the amount of money … (To read the full article, subscribe below)