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Regeneration

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today publishing Transforming Places; Changing Lives: Taking Forward the Regeneration Framework. This follows the consultation document I launched last July which looked at the way regeneration is carried out in England.

Since that time the economic downturn has had a significant impact on regeneration activity. This is having an impact not just on physical developments but also on the lives of people living across the country through jobs and homes that have been lost and the strain that that places on communities.

This document responds to these challenges and sets out a strategic framework for regeneration, supported by measures to target investment; deliver increased flexibility for front-line agencies; and provide clear leadership—setting out a vision of the outcomes we expect regeneration to deliver now and in the future.

The framework aims to ensure that regeneration investment is:

more tightly focused on economic outcomes and worklessness;

driven at the right spatial level—and as close to communities as is practicable, making the most of opportunities that already exist; and

targeted—not trying to transform everywhere—but investing where it will have most impact by supporting those communities where the most severe poverty and worklessness persist and where there is the opportunity to deliver long-term change.

The framework sets out three success measures, against which all regeneration should be judged in future. These are:

improving economic performance, particularly in the most deprived areas;

creating the right conditions for business growth though improved infrastructure, and use of land and a better public realm; and

creating places where people want to live and can work and businesses want to invest.

The framework is accompanied by an impact assessment. Copies are available in the Libraries of the House or it can be accessed via the Communities and Local Government website at www.communities.gov.uk/citiesandregions/.