Study exposes gap in housing renewal policy

A closer alignment is needed between housing market renewal programmes and regional economic, spatial and housing plans, says latest research.

An assessment of the housing market renewal initiative, published this week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, argues that mechanisms will need to be developed in the future to resolve contradictions in the public policy framework.

The report says it is important to clarify programme aims and objectives, devise ways of meeting the social costs of market transition, ensure greater co-operation between the agencies involved in delivering the urban renaissance agenda and develop robust links with developers and financial institutions.

Good practice is evident in the policy co-ordination at the heart of the market renewal programme, the report finds. But greater strategic integration will be needed in the future, it adds.

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