The HMR is a failiure and the Pathfinder is dead. Thank goodness. I've not seen any benefit to communities come from mass demolition. Infact the whole concept should have been abandoned years ago. Wasnt it bad enough in the 60's and 70's for us to demolish what today would be thriving, truly sustainable communities with all the facilities, functions, social networks and transport infrastructure ingrained into them? But no, we are still doing it, and now the Government has made the right decision to stop these vandals in thier tracks. In my experience regeneration teams accross the country have no real understanding of the qualities of place or the way these areas function. They bid for funding to demolish perfectly sound houses in a bit to create the illusion of 'transformational change'. The reality? We have been destroying communities and destroying any potential that these places have to renew by removing thier true assets, that is their true heritage value. The result of Mr Nevin's approach has been to undermine buyer confidence in these areas, shut shops, schools, libraries, stop bus routes, and create an undesirable place not only for people to live, but for any real investor to invest. After all who in thier right mind would buy a house in a 'regeneration area' when the council probably has plans to knock these houses down?
The environmental issues are also being ignored. The embodied energy in these buildings is staggering but councils up and down the country simply want to knock them down and bury the bricks. There has to be a dramatic change in the way housing professionals think and behave and i never want to be walking around one of these areas ever again only to be told not to say anything about the 'plans' to the person painting thier windows or taking care of thier home because these idiots think it is more sustainable to knock his house down!