Birmingham's Eastside story: Making steps towards sustainability?

Libby Porter*, Dexter Hunt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sustainability has come to play a dominant discursive role in the UK planning system, particularly relating to urban regeneration. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the role that sustainability plays in a major regeneration programme, known as Eastside, currently underway in Birmingham, the UK. That this £6 billion redevelopment is now widely talked about by such key players as Birmingham City Council and the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, as having a central sustainability agenda points to the growing importance of the ideal of sustainability in planning and regeneration agendas. In this paper, we investigate in detail how and why sustainability has become part of the planning discourse for Eastside and critically evaluate what impact, if any, this is having on public policy decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-542
Number of pages18
JournalLocal Environment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

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Sustainability became part of the planning ‘talk’ around Eastside when Council submitted a bid outlining Eastside as ‘Birmingham’s first “Sustainability Quarter”’ (Ecotec, n.d., p. 5) for funding to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Upon completion of the Eastside Master Plan by HOK Consultants, Council claimed that the Eastside vision ‘has the potential to ensure a dynamic and sustainable future for Birmingham in relation to other competing cities throughout Europe’ (

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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