Physical renewal – to help create attractive, safe, sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

The most deprived neighbourhoods are almost always in poor physical condition, with vacant or contaminated sites and derelict property. This makes them unattractive areas in which to live, work and invest. Many have the added problems of homes, land and property blighted by interfaces. There is a need to build new hope and a sense of security in these communities. Vacant land and buildings can offer real opportunities for local regeneration schemes. DSD has successfully used Comprehensive Development Schemes, Urban Development Grants and Environmental Improvement Schemes to draw substantial public and private sector investment into disadvantaged areas This work will continue in the most deprived neighbourhoods but it will be more carefully integrated with other economic, social and community renewal priorities to create the maximum impact.

Typical activities involve:

  • developing vacant, derelict or underused land and buildings;
  • actively promoting and carrying out land assembly, site clearance and infrastructure provision, particularly where brownfield sites can be developed or contaminated or derelict land brought back into productive use;
  • putting in place environmental improvements on key sites, entrances to neighbourhoods and along arterial routes;
  • controlling pollution and promoting effective waste management;
  • promoting a more diversified tenure and tenant base, providing a better mix of local housing opportunities, reducing turnover and long term vacancies, and promoting balanced and settled communities, and
  • dealing with the impact of interfaces and peace lines on communities, including working with local people to explore how contested spaces might be better used.