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2 December 2019 more...
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PlaceShapers today welcome the publishing of the Great Place Commission report, which included its chair and four members as Commissioners.
The Great Places Commission came together in March 2018 to understand what makes a place great, and consider how housing associations, working with national and local government and other partners, can help make these a reality.
PlaceShapers Chair Sinéad Butters said: “The Commission has uncovered the diversity of need that underpin the solutions.
“Some areas need much more than new build housing to help them prosper. These places need proper jobs, skills training, patient, long-term capital investment, and sometimes more radical solutions.”
The report says: “Many housing associations are grappling with the challenges of revitalising under-performing places in the face of adversity. As commissioners, developers and managers of millions of homes across the country, housing associations play an important role in encouraging and prioritising high-quality, inclusive and people-centred placemaking.
Successful placemaking may involve major physical redevelopment, as we encountered in Birmingham and Nottingham. Housing associations, with their long-term stakes in places, are well-placed in many areas to lead such processes. But in other areas, where local authorities are no longer able to lead regeneration, and while private sector development often seeks to minimise long-term design quality as a short-term cost, it can be difficult for good placemaking to prevail.
Strong national and local planning policy, and conditions attached to public sector funding, can be powerful tools to encourage good design. Working with communities from the beginning of the process, and subsequently throughout, will help identify the right design and secure support for it.”
With support from the National Housing Federation, the Commission visited towns and cities across the North and Midlands, meeting housing associations, stakeholders and local residents. Drawing on this, the Commission has made 10 recommendations:
The Commissioners are:
Graham Burgess, Chair of Torus Housing Group Common Purpose Board
Sinéad Butters, Group Chief Executive of Aspire Housing and Chair of PlaceShapers
Steve Coffey, Group Chief Executive, Torus
Mark Henderson, Chief Executive of Home Group and Board Member at the National Housing Federation
Helen Lennon, Chief Executive of Connect Housing
Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive of North Star Housing Group
Mary Parsons, Group Director of Placemaking and Regeneration at Places for People and Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association
David Procter, Chair of Together Housing Group
Kevin Rodgers, Chief Executive of WM Housing
Sonia Thompson, Board Member of Tuntum Housing Association
Ian Wardle, Chief Executive of Thirteen Group
Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester and Chair of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.