“A thorough update of what was already an excellently written, accessible and well-used book. Coverage of the key issues to impact on regeneration in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis is comprehensive, and ensures that this latest edition will remain a key reference work for students and practitioners alike.”

Dr David Jarvis, Coventry University and Deputy Director, Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE)

“An accessible text for students that provides an excellent summary of the challenges facing the UK regeneration sector up to and including the present age of austerity.”

Dr Lee Pugalis School of Built Environment, Northumbria University

An engaging, systematic guide to the most dramatic transformation of our urban landscape since post-war reconstruction. This new edition has been fully revised to include: Improved pedagogical features, including an expanded glossary and increased visuals, as well as key learning points, useful websites and suggestions for further reading; More content on local sustainability and issues linked to climate change; A new chapter, ‘Scaling Up’, which examines how regeneration operates when considering very large schemes, such as the London 2012 Olympics.

Jones and Evans draw together a mass of information around key themes in governance, sustainability, competition and design - from policy reports to academic studies - into a single coherent text, making this essential reading for anyone studying or working in the field of urban regeneration and planning.




Sustainability is a central concept underpinning regeneration in the UK. This chapter explores the policy framework of sustainable regeneration, focusing on its social and environmental dimensions.

  • Sustainable development and regeneration: explores what sustainability means and how it relates to urban regeneration.
  • The policy framework: outlines the key policies that frame sustainable regeneration, including the UK sustainability strategies and English National Planning Policy Framework.
  • Social sustainability: discusses the Sustainable Communities Plan and the challenges of social regeneration, focusing on housing, gentrification and studentification.
  • The brownfield development agenda: examines the focus of urban regeneration on brownfield sites and how this relates to sustainability in terms of rejuvenating urban areas and preserving the countryside.
  • Climate change, cities and carbon: outlines the emerging emphasis on addressing climate change through low carbon urban development.
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