We asked six experts to give their verdicts on the events of 2012 and suggest ideas for progression in 2013. In our third instalment, John. P Houghton argues that neighbourhood resilience programmes need to be combined with broader structural change 2012 was a year of transition for urban development in the UK. At the start of the year we saw the terminal indications of the passing of the old regeneration model, while the end of the year has witnessed the clearest signs yet of a new approach to reviving the poorest neighbourhoods. March saw the formal closure of the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme. HMR was designed to revive weak housing markets by knocking down old and apparently unwanted houses and replacing them with newer, fewer homes and improved social infrastructure. Its early termination left communities across parts of the north and midlands in limbo, coping with the impact of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John P. Houghton is a freelance public policy consultant.
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