The Mixed Communities approach to Regeneration has been subject to continuing policy and practice developments. An aim of the Scottish Executive is to “increase the pace and ensure that our housing policies and programmes support the creation of mixed communities”. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation earlier this year produced a Best Practice Guide on Mixed Communities. Participants at this Open Forum heard of these and other developments and were given the opportunity examine and seek to clarify current and developing issues and opportunities.

The presentations and subsequent debate included:

  • Language and definitions – what do we mean by ‘Mixed Communities’?
  • How is sustainability factored into the Mixed Communities approach?
  • What do we seek to balance in the pursuit of Mixed Communities (e.g. tenure, wealth)?
  • The respective roles of public and private sector stakeholders in the Mixed Communities approach
  • Policy implications at city, regional and national levels

Plenary speakers at this Forum were: Alisdair McIntosh, Head of Regeneration Policy at the Scottish Executive; Richard Parker, Partner and Head of Housing Advice Team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Keith Kintrea, Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow’s Department of Housing Studies.

Keith Kintrea’s presentation slides

Richard Parker’s presentation slides

Outcomes Paper – long version

Outcomes Paper – short version