Fyson on ... housing agenda that risks repeat of past mistakes

Delegates to the sustainable communities summit last February had to run the gauntlet of a virtually unreported demonstration against the loss of homes across a wide swathe of northern England. Admittedly, it was a small manifestation - just a handful of participants with banners, taking turns to keep their protest live. But its target was one of deputy prime minister John Prescott's flagship initiatives, the housing market renewal (HMR) programmes in nine pathfinder urban areas in the North and Midlands. Most summiteers took no notice.

by Anthony Fyson, freelance writer on planning issues

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