Date: Friday 24th January 2014
Venue: CHANGED to Room 916, ADAM SMITH BUILDING, University of Glasgow
Speaker: Brendan Nevin – Director of North Housing Consulting, an independent research consultancy, he was formerly a Director of Nevin Leather Associates a Public Policy Consultancy. Brendan has been committed to improving the linkages between academic research and the development of Public Policy for more than two decades.
Policy Scotland is delighted to Welcome Brendan to the University as part of the Urban Studies Seminar Series. Below is a short abstract of his talk:
During the thirty years 1970-2000 many inner urban areas in older ex industrial towns and cities in the North and Midlands of England experienced significant population loss which was driven by employment change and decentralisation encouraged by planning policies which supported suburbanisation. These processes increasingly segregated the poorest communities from an increasingly affluent society, and by the turn of the century this was being reflected in the collapse of some neighbourhoods which had been (expensively) refurbished following the closure of the clearance programmes in the 1970s as collapses in housing demand spread beyond social housing estates to multi tenure Victorian neighbourhoods.
The response to this urban disintegration was the development of a Market Renewal programme focused upon nine areas of England with a combined population of one million residents. The boundaries of the areas were deliberately constructed to take in large fragments of urban areas and housing markets to ensure the coordination of programmes designed to regenerate housing and labour markets and to ensure that the Planning system could operate in a more equitable manner in respect of new residential development. To support this, a Housing Market Renewal Fund was created to facilitate clearance, refurbishment and new build. The programme was operational between 2002 and 2011 when it was prematurely terminated by the Coalition Government. During this time around £7bn of public and private housing investment refurbished around 120,000 properties, and demolished 35,000. A similar number were constructed using land, public subsidy and planning powers.
The Market Renewal programme was a contested renewal programme, being opposed by environmentalists, both left and right of centre journalists, some progressive and “radical” academics and occasionally residents (largely homeowners affected by clearance). However it was only in 2011 (after abolition) that the Conservative Party registered opposition at a national level. Given the long history of the programme it is proposed to divide the presentation into three parts. The first will explore the socio economic and housing market changes which led to the creation of the programme. The second will critically explore the extent to which housing and labour markets were influenced by the programme and the distributional issues which arose from its implementation. The third will detail how Local Authorities have endeavoured to finish renewal schemes and outline the emerging issues for these areas post 2015 when the financial resources of localities will have largely expired.
Brendan Nevin has been an active researcher since 1989, having held a variety of full-time and visiting positions at British universities during this period. Brendan has developed an extensive body of Policy relevant research, focused on exploring the changing dynamics of place at regional, sub-regional, city and neighbourhood levels. This research has focused on identifying the drivers of spatial change and their relationship with economic, housing, strategic planning and infrastructure development policy. Brendan was instrumental in developing and implementing the Housing Market Renewal Programme from 1998 to 2011.
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