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Renewing Europe's housing$
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Richard Turkington and Christopher Watson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310129

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310129.001.0001

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From isolated programmes to an integrated approach: the case of La Barceloneta, Spain

From isolated programmes to an integrated approach: the case of La Barceloneta, Spain

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Renewing Europe's housing

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway

Montse Simó-Solsona

Policy Press

Before the house price bubble burst in 2007, a high level of owner occupation and a booming real estate sector meant that housing improvement was a minor consideration in Spanish policy, while there was no tradition of demolition as a means of achieving housing and urban renewal. Now, the role of housing in renewal strategies has gained favour. The latest national housing programme includes measures aimed at promoting renewal policies, with an emphasis on sustainability and energy saving in buildings. Area-based interventions do not follow a uniform pattern in Spain as public policy for them has been devolved to regional and local government. The tier of government which should take the lead in neighbourhood renewal is not clearly defined, however, and a feature of Spain’s urban and housing renewal processes is their diversity. Catalonia’s 2004 Neighbourhood Law is recognised as a leading instigator of innovation in neighbourhood level regeneration, under which local governments in the region are responsible for implementing comprehensive renewal projects, for example in the Barcelona neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, a project from which good practice lessons can be learnt for the future, especially about the benefits of citizen participation and of public sector support for renewal.

Keywords:   owner occupation, house price bubble, sustainability, energy saving, comprehensive area renewal, citizen participation, La Barceloneta neighbourhood

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