Still vacant after all these years – Evaluating the efficiency of property-led urban regeneration

David Adams, Alan Disberry, Norman Hutchison

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Property developers and investors have been at the forefront of urban regeneration in the UK since the 1980s. This has produced an emphasis on prime office space, luxury apartments, shopping centres and leisure attractions, which has been widely criticised on social equity grounds. There has, however, been only limited interrogation of the failure of property-led regeneration to deliver on the development it promises or on whether it represents good value for public money. Nottingham Eastside is one such example of policy and market failure, where for over a quarter of a century, property developers and investors have come and gone, none of four masterplans have been implemented, decontamination and infrastructure provision has never been completed, and most of the land is still vacant. By reconstructing the story of Nottingham Eastside, the paper argues that over-reliance on property-led regeneration can be highly inefficient, let alone inequitable, as a means to achieve strategic urban redevelopment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-524
Number of pages20
JournalLocal Economy
Issue number6
Early online date18 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • Property-led urban regeneration
  • urban redevelopment process
  • hardcore land vacancy

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