Sloppy work is ruining urban renaissance, experts warn

Professionals urged to look the long-term over setting "narrower immediate goals"

Confusion, bad communication and poor ideas are destroying the UK’s urban renaissance, a damning report has found. Towards more Sustainable Places said the Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan was “somewhat cloudy” and did too little to define its goals properly. The report called for professionals to look more long-term than set “narrower immediate goals”. Lack of skills in project management, urban design, community engagement and partnership building was underscored by a “great deal of confusion, uncertainty and lack of awareness” in skills training. The report by Aberdeen University was supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and included interviews with a cross-section of practitioners including those from the ODPM, regional development agencies and community leaders. It follows similar recent findings by John Egan’s construction task force into skills training and research by the British Urban Regeneration Association led by Simon Burwood. Burwood said confusion stemmed from the overlap of different groups. He suggested rationalisation should come before starting more schemes.

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