City centres risk flagged

City centre renewal could be the hardest hit by the market downturn, housing industry expert John Callcutt warned planners last week.

Callcutt, who produced a review of housing delivery for the government last year, was helping to launch the RTPI and Chartered Institute of Housing's planning for housing network at the Housing and Construction Conference in London.

"Urban regeneration will become less viable because there will be a huge temptation to move away from city centres to the edges of towns and greenfield areas where development will be more economically viable," Callcutt predicted.

The network is aiming to increase shared understanding between the people involved in shaping communities. Callcutt welcomed the network and stressed that planners have a vital part to play in helping the housing industry ready itself for a market upturn.

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