their knowledge has been launched on Regen.net, the DETR-funded
The site will offer partnerships set up under the New Deal for
help turn round the poorest neighbourhoods, the chance to network and
More than 600 regeneration experts meeting in Brighton last week for
the first National Regeneration Convention test drove
the site, which can be found on-line at http://www.regen.net.
Regions and regeneration minister Richard Caborn, who gave the
convention's keynote speech, said the new website and face-to-face
events like the conference were vital tools for communities to share
information and expertise.
Mr Caborn said: 'Over the coming weeks, Regen.net will focus on the
New Deal for Communities. Key to its success will be putting
partnerships, local people, and service providers in touch with each
other to exchange information, advice and experience.
'The new facility will allow the New Deal for Communities Pathfinder
partnerships, to network, share problems, and exchange new and
innovative ideas. This will help players, right across the
regeneration arena, to learn more about the programme and contribute
Alongside the current material, Regen.net will provide articles,
guidance and lists of key contacts to raise awareness of this new
development in regeneration. The website also offers access to all
the NDC guidance currently available. This includes Phase 1
Proposals: Guidance for Pathfinder applicants (September 1998),
Developing Delivery Plans (February 1999) and Extended Phase 1 and
Phase 2 Financial Guidance and Grant Mechanics (February 1999).
Also available are a list of contacts in all the Pathfinder
partnerships and Government Office contacts responsible for the NDC
partnerships in their regions.
Regen.net was launched by Mr Caborn at the DETR on 10 February 1999. The new forum is jointly endorsed by Mr Caborn and housing minister Hilary Armstrong, the DETR minister taking forward the government's work on social exclusion. It is a free one-stop shop website providing the latest information on regeneration activities. The website service
has been developed by the Planning Exchange, a regeneration
information service, with funding from the DETR.
The New Deal for Communities takes forward the government's
commitment to tackle social exclusion and the gap between the poorest
neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. Seventeen 'pathfinder'
partnerships have received support to work up their own regeneration
For further information on the Regen.net site contact: Tony Burton,
Director, or Christine Johnstone, Information Services Manager, The
Planning Exchange, Tontine House, 8 Gorden Street, Glasgow G1 3PL,
Tel: 0141 248 9441, Fax: 0141 248 9433.