ODPM Press Notice

Session 2002-03  27 October 2003


The Role of Historic Buildings in Urban Regeneration

The Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the Role of Historic Buildings in Urban Regeneration following the call for evidence in May 2002 by its predecessor committee. Witnesses are invited to submit written evidence on the points below and other relevant topics to the Committee.

• The contribution of historic buildings to urban regeneration

• The role and effectiveness of the public agencies responsible for the built and historic environment in encouraging urban regeneration

• Whether those organisations carrying out regeneration projects give sufficient regard to historic buildings

• Whether the planning system and the listing of historic buildings aid or hinder urban regeneration

• Whether all Government Departments take adequate account of the historic environment

• Whether fiscal and legislative changes should be made

Evidence submitted to the previous Committee will be considered as part of this inquiry. Evidence should be submitted by Monday 24 November. It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published until the inquiry is completed. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.) Decisions about who to call for oral evidence are taken on the basis of evidence received by this date.[The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.

Contact: Kate Emms  020 7219 3927 or Ian Hook 020 7219 4972


Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to odpmcom@parliament.uk.  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm.cfm  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.