Regeneration inquiry: terms of reference

04 February 2011

The Communities and Local Government Committee is to conduct an inquiry into regeneration, following the publication earlier this week by the Government of Regeneration to enable growth: What Government is doing in support of community-led regeneration.

This publication sets out a new approach to regeneration, "putting residents, local businesses, civil society organisations and civic leaders in the driving seat and providing them with local rewards and incentives to drive growth and improve the social and physical quality of their area". Copies can be found on the Department's website at:

Regeneration to enable growth: What Government is doing in support of community-led regeneration

The Committee will be considering the following questions:

  • How effective is the Government's approach to regeneration likely to be? What benefits is the new approach likely to bring?
  • In particular: Will it ensure that the progress made by past regeneration projects is not lost and can, where appropriate, be built on? Will it ensure that sufficient public funds are made available for future major town and city regeneration projects as well as for more localised projects?
  • What lessons should be learnt from past and existing regeneration projects to apply to the Government's new approach?
  • What action should the Government be taking to attract money from (a) public and (b) private sources into regeneration schemes?
  • How should the success of the Government's approach be assessed in future?

Memoranda addressing any or all of these issues, in accordance with the guidelines set out below, are invited by Friday 18 March 2011.

Each submission should:

(a) be no more than 4,000 words in length;

(b) begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

(c) be in Word format (no later than 2007) with as little use of colour or logos as possible

(d) be accompanied by a covering letter containing the name and contact details of the individual or organisation submitting evidence.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "regeneration".

It is helpful, for Data Protection purposes, for contact details not to be included in the text of submissions, but sent separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

View guidance on giving evidence to Select Committees.

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work may be included.
  • Memoranda submitted should be kept confidential until formally accepted by the Committee. The Committee has authorised the publication by witnesses of their evidence, but such publication should await the formal acknowledgement of acceptance of the submission as evidence to the Committee.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

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