1994

The HARP area comprises the north-west sector of the Inner City. The HARP framework plan attempts to tackle physical and socio-economic regeneration of the HARP area using an approach based on an IAP. This reference case focuses on the Smithfield area of HARP.
The main problems identified in Smithfield were the loss of the area's traditional activities, the rate of vacancy and underutilisation of sites and buildings, a poor urban environment, high rates of unemployment, lack of private or state investment. Smithfield did contain a large public space but this had poor urban domain qualities and was used as a surface car park.
An initial step to encourage more private...

The Harbourside scheme in Bristol centres on the Canons Marsh site (33 acres), close to the city centre and remained 1990 largely undeveloped. Land ownership was shared between three parties. One of the early successes was to bring together the private landowners and the City Council as the Harbouside Sponsors Group with an agreed framework for development. The City Council used statutory powers to secure the development of the site enabling the city centre to fight back against out of town competition, with packages of funding. As sources of public finance were very limited, continuing partnership with English Heritage and English Partnerships plus agreements with private developers...