Shaping Policy

Design by celebrity

From our guest contributor, Paula: First Mary Portas, the retail guru, was tasked with revitalising our high streets, and now Sir Terence Conran, the design guru, has been tasked with giving our communities the chance to design their own neighbourhoods. With 27 Portas Pilots launched in our town centres, will we now start to see […]

Sticking to their guns

The Government has shown that it has the courage of its convictions and stuck to their guns on regeneration and localism. Grant Shapps has responded to the Select Committee’s report and reissued a revised and updated toolkit. As he says in the press release:   We can’t go back to the top-down, centralised system of […]

Understanding the legacy of housing market renewal

One of the major topics of debate during the Select Committee inquiry was the fate of the Housing Market renewal programme. It was a significant intervention in its own right and its very swift closure was seen as symptomatic of the wider approach of the new government to regeneration. The Chairs of the Pathfinder projects […]