SESSION THEME | Place-based Visions


How to grow and regenerate places sustainably?

Thursday 2 April,

This research paper and associated presentation by David Jones will seek to explore how places can use Urban Regeneration and its delivery models to help shape and grow a place with stakeholder buy in.  The research will draw on the author's near 25-year career in urban regeneration and development from the England and New Zealand.  It will specifically explore delivery vehicles from the UK and how they can be adopted and used as vehicles for change in the New Zealand context.

As the British Urban Regeneration Association put it, achieving successful, sustained regeneration is complex.    Effective urban regeneration is achieved within a strategic and comprehensive framework.  It is not simply property led renewal.  Physical components needs to be linked with social community development; a programme of socio-economic renewal, encompassing strategies for improved housing, health, child care, safety, education and training.  It is this comprehensive social and employment approach, which distinguishes the process from mere development or redevelopment of urban sites and results in greater potential for economic improvement of an area.  Failure to link strategies to wider issues may in practice increase decline.

Urban Regeneration in New Zealand is on the ascendancy.  The Government has established the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.  Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities is assembling as a new agency of change.  The concept of Urban Regeneration presents New Zealand with the opportunity to pull together many strands that will drive forward the spatial planning, regeneration and growth of places in New Zealand and create improved urban liveability for communities and Iwi alike.


Presenter:  David Jones

Principal – Cities & Places Advisory

David has over 20-years’ experience in the public-private sectors, involved in delivery vehicles for regeneration and development and in city and place shaping.  He is an urban regeneration practitioner, holding a Masters in this field, along with being a qualified Planning and Development Property Surveyor, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors certified. David served as a Board member of the UK's Institute of Economic Development for 5 years. He recently joined global professional services business Jacobs, to head up its Cities & Places Advisory business in New Zealand.


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