Authorities are working hard to build trust by engaging citizens earlier upstream in the planning process, involving residents and businesses more collaboratively in co-design processes, and taking a broader community stewardship approach to rethinking how all of their activities can support and strengthen existing communities.
WHAT THIS ROLE MIGHT INVOLVE
- Act as a bridge between the Council and the community, identifying and bringing together community ambassadors.
- Developing strategies to give underrepresented groups a voice in the planning process.
- Building the capacity of local residents and community groups to interpret and influence changes to their neighbourhoods.
- Enabling community participation in the co-production of design proposals, masterplans and policies.
- Carrying out internal workshops and training across the Council to encourage collaborative working.
- Engaging local residents in proposals for new council-led housing or estate renewal, and running estate ballots.
- Establishing community engagement spaces such as urban rooms.
- Planning and delivering communication and engagement to support the development of a Local Plan.
- Using models of participative democracy such as citizens’ assemblies to shape major new strategies or policies.
- Supporting community surveying and engagement with local businesses to support the regeneration of town centres.
- Developing long-term stewardship models and supporting community management organisations.