Archive | community engagement

the Biggar Agenda | three lessons for other places

Working with Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, Hamilton-Baillie Associates and VivID Ideas & Solutions, we’ve recently completed The Biggar Agenda: a community strategy for the next ten years. This is the third in a series of town strategies that we have prepared for the award-winning South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership‘s Market Towns Initiative, the earlier towns being Lanark and Strathaven. In each town, our […]

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Neighbourhood Planning Plus

There seem to be more and more seminars and workshops about community engagement in planning. A common theme, to me, is that we know that we have to do it; but we not quite sure how. We’re struggling to engage communities successfully and consistently, in ways which don’t simply meet the requirements of planning legislation, […]

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Tobermory Harbour | localism in action

As you may already know, I’m interested in how community empowerment can contribute to good placemaking. Not simply consulting or engaging communities about the design and management of places, but consciously empowering them to have control over places. This is hardly a new idea – Rousseau wrote in The Social Contract 250 years ago that […]

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Future City Games for planners & facilitators

This article was written for the Kinharvie Facilitation Network, in my role as a member of the Network’s steering group. Although written for facilitators, it is just as relevant for planners. Kinharvie Facilitation Network is based at the excellent Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation in Glasgow, which offers excellent training in group facilitation and other similar […]

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