Promoting a positive sense of place is critical for very many aspects of local government, and is really what what local government, as compared to central government, is all about. Understanding how and what people feel about where they live enables councils to discuss with them priorities and to negotiate disputes to try and achieve some kind of consensus about local decisions around, for example planning or resources. They can be used therefore for community engagement, participatory planning, and to ensure planning isn’t seen as just imposed on residents but facilitates their involvement.
We are putting together a series of briefings and blogs about the sense of place – exploring what place-based approaches mean when we are talking about regeneration and new developments, about healthy places, about community engagement and social cohesion.
- Why Place Matters
- Past, present, future: Heritage and a Sense of Place
- Community Empowerment: one year on
- Regeneration: sense of place, participation and identity
- Time for Towns: Closing the Policy Gap