MPs launch development inquiry


MPs have launched an inquiry to establish how developers can better help regeneration in inner-city areas.

The investigation will assess if incentives are needed to encourage builders to do more for the regions they work in.

The All-Party Urban Development Group (APUD) said many areas surrounding schemes “have not benefited substantially from new development, especially with regard to employment and jobs”.

Its call for evidence asked if public sector projects could do more to stimulate jobs legacies, increase training and questioned if more apprenticeships could be created.

APUD hopes to work with developers, local authorities, skills councils and business occupiers as part of its study.

It noted an opportunity created by the slowdown in regeneration “giving policy makers and developers an important chance to examine the lessons from past initiatives – and link the next wave of physical development to the delivery of jobs for inner-city residents”.

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