Is housing's contribution to regeneration dead or alive?
The prospects for housing-based regeneration in the current difficult financial climate are the focus of a new study by CIH Scotland.
Primarily through a survey being emailed out this week to local authorities and housing associations, CIH is keen to establish the scale of regeneration still needed, what the barriers are and whether these are likely to be overcome in the foreseeable future.
David Bookbinder, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at CIH Scotland, said: “We know that when councils, housing associations and other partners work to make regeneration happen it’s pretty resource-intensive, in terms of both capital input and investment of staff time.
“With less money around, grant rates significantly reduced, and pressures on rental income, the obvious worry is that provision which is seen as more difficult will suffer disproportionately in the current climate. We want to test out whether this is actually proving to be the case at this relatively early stage of the three-year housing investment programme.
“We’re hoping to get a picture of how many regeneration initiatives are yet to be commenced and whether some have stalled half way through, and what impact this is having on the local community. We’re also asking about issues such as the extent to which the developer downturn has affected some regeneration projects.”
Contact: David Bookbinder on 07950 684153