Great Places Commission: final report

Published by the National Housing Federation, July 2019

In March 2018, the National Housing Federation brought together a group of twelve leaders from across the housing association sector with direct experience of placemaking and regeneration in the North and the Midlands.

The Great Places Commission was asked to:

  • explore the characteristics that contribute to thriving and resilient communities
  • make recommendations for how housing associations, national and local government, and other key partners, can collaborate to make these a reality.

It was decided that the Commission’s work should focus on urban areas in the North and the Midlands. This responds to concerns about a lack of focus in national policy on places where the housing challenges are not those of pent-up demand and growth pressure. There seems to be little effective national response to issues of decline and disinvestment faced by many places in the North and Midlands.

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