Governing urban regeneration: planning and regulatory tools in the UK

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The PARCOUR (Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment)1 project involves a comparative analysis of urban development (of previously used land) led by public-private partnerships and includes nine case studies (three per country) of regeneration projects in Brazil, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK). This paper draws on the initial work of the project and investigates the forms of governance arrangements that have developed in the UK case studies (Bristol, Gloucester and Taunton). The paper discusses the planning and regulatory instruments that are used as part of the public-private urban development partnerships. The research is designed to explore the form(s) of governance that exist, the associated ‘planning instruments’ developed and whether these arrangements are able to deliver outcomes that are in the ‘public interest’. In particular we focus on how the governance forms created when contractual arrangements are made between the public and private sector parties structure/influence the aims and delivery of urban regeneration. This relates to what van der Veen and Korthals Altes (2011) have termed as ‘government by contract’ and Raco (2012 and 2013) has described as ‘planning by contract’ and ‘governance through detail’.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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