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I was interested to read the statement by the Vibrant and Viable Places, Ministerial Advisory Group that they consider Welsh Governments £100m flagship regeneration programme to be a success. I was intrigued to find out more because as an independent Regeneration Practitioner I had previously provided a detailed response to the original Welsh Government (WG) […]

Adapt or DIE
November 30, 2015

Adapt or Die that’s the overriding message for UK High Streets from Bill Grimsey and I greatly enjoyed listening to him talk about this at a Cardiff School of Planning and Geography seminar in November 2014. There can be no doubt about Bill’s retail credentials as he spent 45 years at the forefront of the […]

November 30, 2015

  In June 2015 I accompanied Richard Essex, Co-ordinator for the excellent Regeneration Skills Collective Wales on a two day study tour to Freiburg in Germany. The motivation for this visit arose following an inspirational address by Professor Wulf Daseking the former Chief Planning Officer for the City of Freiburg, at the RSAW’s Autumn Conference […]

Clyde Gateway
February 24, 2014

My thanks to Steve Pritchard for agreeing to talk to me about his experiences during his time as Executive Director of Development at the award winning Clyde Gateway Project in the east end of Glasgow. Steve has an impressive track record of delivering complex multi-partner regeneration schemes across the UK including Chatham Maritime and Cardiff Bay. I was […]

The 39 Steps
October 1, 2013

Will the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships provide Economic Growth? My thanks to Mark Pollock, Planning and Economic Regeneration Consultant for sharing his thoughts with ABA Viewpoint on current developments within the English Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) movement. “Although initially criticised for a lack of resource, funding and strategic vision LEP’s are now emerging as a […]

Welsh Housing Policy
September 16, 2013

Have we got the right information? Following the launch of the Welsh Government Housing Supply Task Force, ABA Viewpoint invited John Harper, FRICS to share his thoughts on the Welsh Housing Market and whether we currently have the right information to make informed decisions? “Over the last few years I have developed a strong (some […]

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This site brings together a selection of articles about subjects that interest me such as Regeneration, Design, Entrepreneurialism, Locally Produced Food and Drink.

You will also find some presentations, reviews and links to relevant supporting reports and papers.

I welcome your thoughts on the articles so please get in touch or post a comment if you would like to share your views or compare notes.

All comments and views in my articles are expressed in a personal capacity.

Best wishes,

Alan Brown


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