Still vacant after all these years – evaluating the efficiency of property-led urban regeneration

Adams, D. , Disberry, A. and Hutchison, N. (2017) Still vacant after all these years – evaluating the efficiency of property-led urban regeneration. Local Economy, 32(6), pp. 505-524. (doi: 10.1177/0269094217729129)

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Property developers and investors have been at the forefront of urban regeneration in the UK since the 1980s. This has produced an emphasis on prime office space, luxury apartments, shopping centres and leisure attractions, which has been widely criticised on social equity grounds. There has, however, been only limited interrogation of the failure of property-led regeneration to deliver on the development it promises or on whether it represents good value for public money. Nottingham Eastside is one such example of policy and market failure, where for over a quarter of a century, property developers and investors have come and gone, none of four masterplans have been implemented, decontamination and infrastructure provision has never been completed, and most of the land is still vacant. By reconstructing the story of Nottingham Eastside, the paper argues that over-reliance on property-led regeneration can be highly inefficient, let alone inequitable, as a means to achieve strategic urban redevelopment.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Professor David and Disberry, Mr Alan
Authors: Adams, D., Disberry, A., and Hutchison, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Local Economy
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Published Online:18 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Local Economy 32(6):505-524
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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