How successful has the regeneration of urban areas been given the variety of ways it has been undertaken? (40 marks)

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How successful has the regeneration of urban areas been given the variety of ways it has been undertaken (40 marks)

Urban regeneration is defined as improving an area that has been experiencing a period of decline due to a variety of reasons, such as lack of employment, lack of investment in the CBD, suburbanisation etc. Ways that this can be resolved include property led regeneration, prestige project developments and partnership development schemes. These have all been carried out in the UK recently due to urban decline in some areas, and some have been more successful in others, in terms of its effectiveness on the location, effectiveness on problems that existed beforehand and the effect on the local community. Most importantly, the
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One aim of developing HUV was to retain local employment and promote area for new technology businesses, as well as promoting links with jobs at HUV and unemployment in Leeds. This was believed to be achieved through the establishment of creative and digital industries which brought 5000 new jobs to the area and total office space of 110,000 sq ft. Additionally, the creative and digital industry contributes £5.14 bn to the economy a year, so HUV would have major contributions to the regional economy as well as the local economy through the multiplier effect, revitalising economic activity. However it could also be argued that this failed to meet the aim. Does the establishment industry which requires high skilled and professional employees really help the local community? Many of those unemployed and in need of a job often have a low skill set so cannot be employed at HUV, strengthened by the fact that local residents of Holdback and Beeston has stated that they are not feeling the benefits of the redevelopment, as there has been no impact on the actual town, which eliminates HUV’s commitment to improve connectivity to nearby towns. Another aim is social inclusivity which in my opinion, has not really been achieved. Community groups have been left to feel isolated as they have not been involved in meetings or invitations to viewings, and the current and trendy industries developed at Holdback only cater to the ‘young’ population which may segregate the older

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