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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 […]

If I were a Task Force
July 2, 2013

Some Suggestions for the Newport Task Force Does a piece of music or song sometimes trigger in you a work related thought or concept? Although stage musicals are not my normal genre of entertainment while listening to “If I were a rich man” the signature tune of Fiddler on the Roof I found myself thinking […]

X Factor Regeneration
July 2, 2013

Should the Public Sector Lead the Regeneration Debate? It is interesting and refreshing that the CBI have now entered the Regeneration Debate signalled by a key note speech by John Cridland, CBI Director-General to delegates at the Made Me Design Exhibition held in Birmingham in June 2013. In his speech John Cridland, outlined his vision […]

Donut Effect
July 2, 2013

Donut Effect Alive and Well in Newport I remember reading about the “donut effect” when studying to become a Chartered Surveyor. The so called “donut effect” sees out of town retailers build a solid base on the outskirts of a city leaving a gaping hole in the middle where retailers once flourished. Whilst the American […]

Outlook Portishead
July 2, 2013

Inspiration from an Active Chamber of Commerce I am concerned that recently I have started to sound a bit like the Victor Meldrew of the Regeneration World. However, a visit to Portishead in May has helped restore my faith in the power of Regeneration and the role that some Chambers of Commerce can play in […]

Return to Bedminster
July 2, 2013

Street Art a Driver for Regeneration I have always been an advocate of networking as sometimes you meet unexpected and very interesting people. In May I attended a Corporate Social Responsibility Seminar in Bristol hosted by Constructing Excellence. One of the speakers was Ben Barker from the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP). GBCP is one […]

Celebrity Led Regeneration
July 2, 2013

Damien Hirst Sculpture in Ilfracombe The Growing Cult of Celebrity Led Regeneration Do you know who first started the growing cult of celebrity led regeneration? My first taste of it came on a culinary visit to Rick Stein’s famous Fish Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall in the mid 1990’s. From my visit it was apparent that […]