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Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning: From consultation to collaboration

ResPublica Green Paper in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects

The recent Localism Act provides unprecedented potential to mobilise local resources and open up new pathways for community engagement in community led planning. 

The latest ResPublica 'Green Paper', written in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), argues that involving communities in planning on a collaborative, rather than purely consultative basis will not only lead to more successful developments, it can also generate social capital and value: stronger and more cohesive communities. The publication recommends that:  


  • The benefits of good design and meaningful community engagement should be recognised as a measurable social outcome
  • Government should appoint an independent panel of experts to define the metrics and structures required to capture the social value created though the neighbourhood planning process.
  • An evidence base from Local Authorities should be used by the Government in order to extend the 'community budgets' programme and to create a new ‘Total Neighbourhood’ approach.
  • The Government should make a ‘Neighbourhood Partnership Agreement’ between residents, local business, local authorities, developers, and design professionals a statutory requirement for every Neighbourhood Plan.

 In short, by designing with, rather than for, communities, neighbourhood planning can lead to more appropriate and successful local planning and help create better places. But this kind of collaboration within the planning process – if done in a comprehensive and meaningful way – can also help create stronger, more cohesive communities, generating social capital through an improved sense of collective agency. Therefore, neighbourhood planning has a potential to become a platform for more robust forms of radical localism. It could also be a catalyst for a radically new way of thinking about the relationship between community empowerment and community engagement in planning and design.

Comments on: Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning: From consultation to collaboration

Gravatar play unblocked games at school 13 January 2013
Anne-Marie, You’ll need to send me an email (dsmunger — @ — gmail — . — com). I’m having trouble identifying which account is yours. Please give your account login name in your email.r/>r/>
Gravatar Matt 06 December 2012
I am fully aware that a position like this is time to put together and also research. I just wanted to let you know that your efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good work and I hope others will follow your example and after such useful information and f
Gravatar Derrick Chung 27 November 2012
The Neighbourhood Partnersip Agreement has one of the BEST advisers in its local residents as the experiences are priceless as to what is needed to sustain a community, protect the environment, create employnent, services for /of all types etc as they hav
Gravatar Bryn C 05 November 2012
Thanks for the interesting article. This seems quite complex to the way things are done in Australia. I do believe that Government should appoint an independent panel of experts. Many thanks for sharing.r/>r/>
Gravatar Silvi 30 August 2012
a few months ago, The scale of the ceorusls went too far There is no doubt that this led to a breakdown in these communities. Many were completely devastated, with people out of work turning to drugs and no real man’s work because all the jobs had gone.
Gravatar James Derounian 11 July 2012
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on "Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning: From consultation to collaboration".r/>r/>3 brief points:r/>r/>1. I agree fully that communities/NPs need "necessary resources, expertise & support"; which is why I would like to see the £20K per front runner funding available from hereon to non-front runners. Perhaps as match funding (e.g. matching parish council input);r/>r/>2. Given that "Neighbourhood plans can be created by town & parish councils", I"m surprised that they don"t feature in the discussion.....which is all about neighbourhood forums...r/>r/>3. Given the fact that not a single NP has come in to force, had a referendum etc.....wouldn"t it be better to see how incoming NPs operate in practice rather than jumping the gun with the suggestion of a "Neighbourhood Partnership Agreement"? Walk before running.......r/>r/>James

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Date Published
02 July 2012

Models and Partnerships for Social Prosperity

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