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The Housing Market Renewal Initiative, started in 2002 and abruptly ended in 2011, spent £2.51 billion in an attempt to restructure housing markets in ‘low-demand’ areas. It was the outcome of intensive government lobbying supported by academic evidence that appealed to Gordon Brown, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, as a mechanism to counter the ‘human’ and’ social’ capital approach advocated by Tony Blair in his New Deal For Communities initiative. Housing academics, claiming ‘evidence-based policy’ were deeply involved in the Housing Market Renewal Initiative’s conception, implementation and evaluation. This article examines the aetiology and operation of Housing Market Renewal Initiative arguing that although ‘evidence’ identified a problem it provided only single solution implicit in the diagnosis, hence it was seriously flawed from the outset and the periodic assessments of the scheme from its ‘evidence- based’ architects perpetuated the inadequacies. The ‘high modernist’, ‘grand design’ (Scott, 1998) of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme had devastating outcomes: blighted communities; property speculation resulting in an increase in unregulated private renting and the perpetuation rather than the elimination of the underlying economic reasons for alleged housing market failure.
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