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Best Practice in Establishing Urban Regeneration Companies in Scotland

DescriptionThis report looks at 'best practice' in the set up and early operation of URCs in Scotland. It looks at what works well - from governance structures through to structures for community involvement and also outlines some potential pitfalls for newer or even future URCs to avoid.
ISBN9780755967612
Official Print Publication DateSeptember 2007
Website Publication DateSeptember 21, 2007

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Liz Shiel and David Smith-Milne
ISBN 978 0 7559 6761 2 (Web only publication)
This document is also available in pdf format (520k)

CONTENTS

Executive Summary
The context surrounding URCs
The companies
Best practice - a basis for learning
Taking stock - the policy lessons

CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Introduction
Background
Terms of Reference
Methodology

CHAPTER TWO BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
Introduction
The rationale for URCs
The policy background
Cities Review
Building Better Cities
Smart Successful Scotland
URC Consultation Exercise/Summary Report
Closing the Opportunity Gap and Community Regeneration ( ROAs)
National Planning Framework
Sustainable Development Strategy
People and Place
Workforce Plus
Commentary

CHAPTER THREE OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANIES
Introduction
Raploch
The Area
Role and Function of the URC
Structure, Governance and Funding
Figure 3.1: Raploch Structures and Relationships
Progress and Achievements to Date
Figure 3.2: Regeneration Agreement Transactions
Craigmillar
The Area
Role and Function of the URC
Figure 3.3: PARC Structures and Relationships
Structure, Governance and Funding
Progress and Achievements to Date
Clydebank
The Area
Role and Function of the URC
Structure, Funding and Governance
Figure 3.4: Clydebank Rebuilt Structure
Progress and Achievements to Date
New URCs
Riverside Inverclyde
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company
Emerging URCs
Clyde Gateway
Summary points

CHAPTER FOUR BEST PRACTICE - A BASIS FOR LEARNING
Introduction
Company structures
Engagement of the private sector
Private Sector Board Representation
Private sector finance - some general principles
Raising private finance - some good practice examples
Private sector partnering - some models to build on
Funding arrangements
Access to capital early in the programme is key
Streamlined and integrated funding appraisal is a model of good practice
Relations with Stakeholders
Company decision-making
The Company Board
Decision Making
Procurement
Management processes and systems
The planning framework
Planning Gain and Section 75 Agreements
Masterplans and Design Framework
Planning Application Process
Leadership
Skilled staff
A framework for community engagement and tackling worklessness
Community participation
Social inclusion
Tackling worklessness
Summary points

CHAPTER FIVE SUMMARY POLICY LESSONS
Introduction
Vision and Focus
'Brand' Marketing and PR
Investor Confidence and Piloting New Models of private finance
Speeding up Delivery
Procurement and Cost Effectiveness Issues
Design Quality
Increasing Local Employment

Appendix A - Consultees
Appendix B - Topic Guide for URC Consultations
Appendix C - List of Abbreviations

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.