The way we live, work, play, shop and travel has changed drastically in recent years, and the built environment needs to respond to this, providing a mix of residential, leisure and commercial property in order to support sustainable communities.


Carter Jonas is at the centre of regeneration, transforming places and the communities that occupy and use them. Our dedicated and highly regarded regeneration consultancy teams have the breadth of skills and experience to assist with every step of regeneration projects, from inception to implementation. In addition to planning and development advice, we provide commercial input related to all property sectors at an early stage to ensure that all strategies are market facing and capable of delivery. Our regeneration services include: 
    • Site & asset appraisals
    • Catchment & market analysis
    • Strategic visioning & delivery strategies 
    • Estate strategy
    • Masterplanning, urban design & placemaking
    • Planning policy development
    • Strategic acquisitions 
    • Public estate strategy & estate management
    • Assembly of multi-disciplinary project teams
    • Feasibility & financial viability assessments
    • Funding structures
    • Development partner procurement
    • Business cases
    • Stakeholder engagement & consultation
    • Resident & commercial occupier engagement and negotiations
    • Planning strategy & applications 
    • Design development 
    • CPO & land assembly
    • Asset management
    • Project monitoring & management
    • Investment & agency across all property sectors, including affordable housing & Build to Rent

The core skills above are complemented by the following specialist services:

  • Lease advisory
  • Land referencing
  • Building consultancy 
  • Geospatial data, land measurement & 3D scanning

We have a strong track record of working in partnership with local planning authorities, regeneration bodies, landowners, businesses, investors, developers, stakeholders and communities to help unlock investment and development potential. We are currently advising on the planning, funding and delivery of complex urban regeneration projects across the country and across all property sectors.

Our purpose as a team is to help our clients create high quality, successful and sustainable places and deliver transformational regeneration projects that are economically viable and valued by all. Our specialist teams work across town centres and urban change, estate renewal and transport-led regeneration.

Our regeneration expertise and experience cover the following:


Town centres have been feeling the impact of changing shopping habits for many years and the rebalancing of uses to meet the needs of the community has been underway for some time. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, accelerating the move towards online shopping and significantly reducing footfall and activity which has resulted in the loss of occupiers and an increase in vacant space on a scale that has never been seen before. 

The challenge of building back our town centres and high streets, along with our economy, has become more urgent than ever but must be planned carefully. There is an over supply of retail floorspace in the UK, but each town centre is unique in terms of its catchment spend and surrounding competition. A host of new anchor concepts are emerging which can drive centres forward but will still need a critical mass of retail and leisure floorspace to thrive. 

The pandemic has also resulted in a stronger recognition of the importance of local amenities, access to green space, leisure and culture and a move towards different working practices which also presents opportunities for town centres.  

Local councils are continuing to invest in their town and city centres, for both regeneration and investment purposes, and this creates an opportunity to repurpose and redesign them to be more suitable for current ways of living, and to better support residents and the local economy. We recognise the constraints on resources that Councils are facing, both in terms of personnel and financial resources, and we can help identify where to target those limited resources and provide additional support where required. We are also able to advise on the availability of different funding sources and assist in applications for them.

The private sector can and should also take a proactive approach, repositioning and repurposing its assets to respond to changing consumer behaviours and market demand. In collaboration with our agency teams, we provide market facing and deliverable development advice to redefine assets and ensure they are fit for the future. We are also highly experienced in the creation of strategic partnerships between the private and public sectors and how these partnerships can work to unlock development.  

Our team has the skills and experience to assist clients in responding to the challenges urban areas are facing. We help our clients take a proactive approach by redefining their development strategies, creating successful partnerships and repositioning individual assets. Working closely with other teams across the business, we are able to guide clients through the development process from concept to completion. 

Housing regeneration

We need to provide more homes, more affordably, in locations where people want to live and work. Housing-led regeneration has come to the fore to meet this need. An important part of housing-led regeneration is housing estate renewal. This can be either for the purposes of densification (providing housing for more people in the same area of land), or replacing life-expired system-built blocks, providing private and affordable housing. 

Gaining the support of residents and leaseholders is central to successful estate renewal and our team is experienced in engagement and negotiation to acquire land by agreement. However, it is not always possible to deliver all the required land by agreement and the Government encourages the use of compulsory purchase powers where it is appropriate and justified. 

Our team is expert in the seeking, securing and use of compulsory purchase powers, but remains acutely aware of the concern and uncertainty that the process can impose on affected residents and owners. Our teams are trained in dealing with affected parties in an open, transparent and respectful way that builds positive relationships and maintains dialogue in what can become a contentious and adversarial process if not handled carefully. 

Effective engagement with residents and leaseholders has always been a fundamental step in this sort of regeneration, but has come even more to the fore following recent decisions relating to CPO on estate renewal projects. 

Our experience in this area spans numerous major housing renewal schemes across multiple local authority areas.

Transport-led regeneration

The development of new (and improvement of existing) transport infrastructure, especially rail, can be the catalyst for regeneration of the surrounding area as well as the station itself. From over-station development to the creation of retail centres and public spaces, more and more often we are seeing regeneration as part of investment in transport hubs. 

The provision of improved public transport is integral to the sustainability of proposed new development, making the areas around stations ideally suited to increased density of housing, without increasing the need for private cars.

Our team’s understanding and experience of the operational requirements and challenges faced by transport infrastructure providers comes from our years’ of experience in working with clients including Network Rail, HS2, LCR and TfL as well as many local authorities. We are skilled in providing the business cases for public sector investment in new transport infrastructure and implementation strategies based around land assembly, viability and funding and the creation of public/private partnerships.

For further information, or to speak to one of our regeneration professionals, please contact us.

@ Paul Astbury
Paul Astbury
Head of Regeneration
020 7518 3328 email me about Paul
@ Jon Pinkerton
Jon Pinkerton
BSc (Hons) MRICS
0207 298 1827 email me about Jon
Paul is a Partner, and Head of Compulsory Purchase based out of our Head Office at Chapel Place, London.
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Jon leads the Carter Jonas London development team, providing strategic development advice, feasibility and viability studies, acquisition, disposal and marketing advice and advice on structuring and procuring development partnerships. He has 30 years’ experience, working initially in local government and then in consultancy at Donaldsons, Knight Frank and GL Hearn.

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