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The Gorbals Regeneration - Delivering Economic Value Through Planning

This working paper shows how planning and regeneration have been used to deliver economic benefits to the residents of The Gorbals in South Glasgow.

The working paper is part of the RTPI's value of planning research programme.

Download the working paper here.

This analysis shows how, after two decades of regeneration, unemployment in The Gorbals fell by 31% between 2004 and 2012, whilst the percentage of people "income deprived", including those on welfare benefits, also fell by 35% in the same period.

This compares significantly better than the average of Glasgow as a whole, which saw only a 16% drop in unemployment and a 21% drop in "income deprived" citizens between 2004 and 2012.

The paper's hypothesis proposes that living in safer, cleaner and more attractive places is likely to enable individuals to become more economically active and live more fulfilling lives, and this study provides some strong evidence.

The publication makes a much needed case that good planning and place-making has a direct impact on individuals' lives, rather than just delivering 'gentrification' effects.