If you are fed-up with working with people who don’t look at Urban Regeneration and Growth in an holistic way; integrating social, economic, environmental and physical aspects, we need to talk.
Regeneration is, or should be, about Making Places which Work for People.
This involves the linking of thinking with doing. The integration of Objectives, Strategy, Policies, Organisation, Partnerships and Delivery.
This is a pretty wide remit, so I get involved in nearly everything which is necessary to ensure that a truly sustainable community (in all senses) is planned for and delivered. This includes housing and homes; transport; water supply and waste water treatment; drainage and flooding issues; energy and heat supply (including decentralized generation/CHP); schools; health facilities; cultural, sports and leisure facilities; community halls; parks, open spaces and the public realm; education and training facilities; work-spaces; telecommunications infrastructure ect. A lot of this is delivered by ‘partners’, so much of my work is acting as a strange combination of ‘glue’ and ‘oil’ to get them all working together, ensuring that they are prioritizing their actions for the area I am working on; unblocking blockages and doing the forward-thinking when people aren’t ready to do it themselves.
Think what a Record Producer does to produce a hit record – that is what I do for Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Growth.
For example, at Ashford I ensured, by working through, and with, the various parties and agencies (public, private and voluntary sectors), that the social, economic, environmental and physical infrastructure needed to enable the provision of 31,000 homes and 28,000 jobs are identified, planned for and delivered.
Specialties: Regeneration and Growth Programme strategy setting and delivery; Advising Government on policy; Policy setting and advice; Partnership and Relationship Management; Appraisal and development of ideas, business plans, regeneration proposals; Place Making; Writing Strategic Delivery Plans and overseeing delivery of complex programmes. Working with communities to get the best out of the Planning System and Developers, and working with communities to get support for developers and their proposals.
The sort of things I can help you think about and deliver, which are hot issues at the moment, are: Eco Towns; Garden Cities; Urban Extensions; Sustainable Communities; Mixed use Developments; Town Centre and High Street Regeneration; empty sites and finding uses for them, and those problems where you can’t find anyone to help.
I am also woking with some developers who have the funding but are looking for sites on which to build from 40 to about 400 or 600 homes. Problem sites are not a problem to us as we have the cashflow to deal with the issues and supply the social infrastructure.