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Colville-Tavistock case study of 'spatial justice'

Extensive research of four decades in North Kensington points to a values-led impact analysis (VIA) that will aid communities and policy-makers and decision-takers to achieve improved justice outcomes from regeneration. The North Kensington case study of Colville-Tavistock compares regeneration vision and outcomes, through a four-decade longitudinal study. By appraising strategic spatial interventions through ‘values-led impact analysis’, regeneration outcomes are defined in terms other than financial: those of spatial justice values sought in a liberal democracy. In this expression of ethical values   guiding spatial interventions into a more digitized culture may bring a better understanding of spatial consequences from technological changes. 


This systematic and effective approach for assessing spatial interventions through ‘value-based’ indicatorsValues-led Impact Analysis (VIA) – relates the usual indicators to programmes of spatial change, through the filter of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, thereby identifying quality standard for the degree of spatial justice being sought or achieved.  


By defining a regeneration programme’s aspirations - where they are missing or reached or what has or should be done to make ‘place’ meet Liberalism’s ‘justice as fairness’ - a quality standard for spatial justice is made tangible. At a later stage, objectives viewed through this values-led lens of VIA  can be operated as a 'kite-mark' for spatial justice.  VIA is a tool empowering communities to measure outcomes from investments in their area, showing how investment impacts on local people.  


In post-completion scenarios, this ‘kite-mark’ for the standard of justice outcomes in spatial interventions links tangible with intangibles. Using VIA to  investigate regeneration outcomes will help improve future interventions with an evidence-base for addressomg ‘lessons learnt’ - an option that is not yet consistently applied to regeneration and other spatial interventions.