Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal: Britain's New Urban Challenge


There are about 2.4 million private, and half a million council houses in England in poor condition. Nearly one million are unsuitable for human habitation but three-quarters are lived in. These run-down neighbourhoods and estates represent a substantial challenge to urban renewal in the 1990s. They are home to about five million people, many of whom are unemployed, single parents, elderly or suffering some form of social deprivation. Unless there are to be permanent ghettos, the need for attention to these neighbourhoods becomes acute, as other parts of inner cities are revived by docklands-style developments, retailing booms, cultural and tourist amenities and city promotion schemes.

The author argues that although good housing is a basic element of quality of life, housing solutions are not enough. The challenges of multiple deprivation require a comprehensive and multi-agency approach at the level of the neighbourhood. The report examines initiatives being undertaken whereby local authorities, housing associations, resident groups, employment and training agencies, and private sector firms act jointly to tackle neighbourhood renewal.

The report systematically considers the means to neighbourhood renewal and the growing political and financial constraints on its realisation.

Britain's New Urban Challenge
The Need for Neighbourhood Renewal
Urban Theory and Urban Policy
Urban Renewal Partnerships in America and Britain
The Partnership Approach
Encouraging Renewal: Changing Institutional Roles
Neighbourhood Renewal Under the Local Government and Housing Act
A Policy Framework for Neighbourhood Renewal
Inner City Neighbourhood and Peripheral Estate Renewal in Glasgow
Innovation in Cities in the Midlands and North of England
Social Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal Approaches in London

ISBN: 0853744653