Places for People: Delivering the homes that society wants

Places for People chief executive David Cowans swings back in his chair enthusiastically, as he muses on the intricacies of unlocking large regeneration sites.

“Earl’s Court? I wouldn’t go near that site, not with those problems,” he declares. “There are two issues with these sites: how do you unlock them and how do you fund them? The danger is they become the same question.”

Places for People specialises in large, often residential-led regenerations. But Cowans says the “curse of planning” and the political wrangling at the 77-acre Earl’s Court site would be a major deterrent.