'It'll get worse before it gets better': Local experiences of living in a regeneration area

Davidson, Gill, McGuinness, David, Greenhalgh, Paul, Braidford, Paul and Robinson, Fred (2013) 'It'll get worse before it gets better': Local experiences of living in a regeneration area. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 7 (1). pp. 59-70. ISSN 1752-9638

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The negative consequences of living in deprived neighbourhoods for residents’ quality of life are well documented. Area-based regeneration initiatives are invariably concerned with improving local quality of life over the long term. The process of regeneration, however, can itself directly result in immediate and potentially lasting negative effects for local communities. This paper discusses some of the ways in which living in an area undergoing regeneration can adversely affect inhabitants’ quality of life, including problems associated with voids, relocation, demolitions, environmental quality, complexity, funding issues, uncertainty, frustration, fear for the future and consultation fatigue. A case study approach draws examples from a deprived neighbourhood in the North East of England. The conclusion discusses some of the possible implications for future regeneration policy, including: the importance of ongoing communication between professionals and communities; the need to value local people’s experience, judgement and the contribution they can make to local decision-making processes; recognition that successful regeneration can take many years; and the implications of current UK government policy.

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Additional Information: The paper derived from a piece of consultancy work conducted by the Sustainable Cities Research Institute on behalf of Redcar and Cleveland Council, funded by the Institute for Local Governance and the North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership. It was a collaborative partnerhsip between the staff at Northumbria Univeristy and Paul Briadford and Professor Fred Robinson, at St Chad's College, University of Durham. This is an accepted author manuscript, to see the final version please go to the publisher website here: http://www.henrystewartpublications.com/jurr. Copyright remains with Henry Stewart Publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban regeneration, community engagement, liveability, quality of life, void properties
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Professor Paul Greenhalgh
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 12:35
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 14:34
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14549

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