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HMR action plan

The Action plan for delivering successful places offers recommendations that put placemaking at the heart of housing market renewal.

With the programme now into a new three-year phase, and the new Homes and Communities Agency set to take on its administration, it is time to offer new ways forward.

The action plan provides recommendations for responding to the changing policy environment and opportunities around housing market renewal.

The action plan, put forward jointly by CABE, English Heritage and the Sustainable Development Commission, proposes a shift in the agenda away from housing and towards a broad-based, design-led regeneration programme, with placemaking at its centre.

Download the Action plan for delivering successful places

Why do we need an action plan?

The action plan has been created in response to the changing context for housing market renewal. Key factors include significant changes to the housing market, a growing consensus on climate change and a new policy climate.

This coincides with the start of the new programme of work for the funding period 2008-2011 and the emergence of the Homes and Communities Agency, which will take the lead role in the programme from 2009 onwards.

What's in the plan?

The action plan aims to capture how different partnerships, agencies and the government should respond to the changing policy environment and opportunities of the programme, with a particular reference to delivering sustainable places and improving quality of life, through design.


Recommendations are organised across three themes, with further discussions of the key issues in each theme (these discussions are not included in the published action plan):


CABE, the Sustainable Development Commission and English Heritage have pledged their support for placemaking efforts in housing market renewal areas.

Earlier reports

A round-up of earlier publications relevant to housing market renewal.