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Urban Regeneration

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the role of culture in urban regeneration. (81483)

Responses to the Department's consultation document ‚ÄúCulture at the Heart of Regeneration‚ÄĚ, published in June 2004, made clear the huge interest there is in culturally-driven regeneration in a variety of contexts, both urban and rural.

We know, therefore, that culture can be a driving force in achieving urban regeneration. Examples of where this has happened can be found right across the country, from the iconic cultural buildings of Newcastle-Gateshead and Salford Quays to the Eden Centre in Cornwall. We are working across Government and with our cultural bodies to ensure that the value of culture is understood by planners, developers and others, and supports regeneration.