Spaces of HOPE. The Hidden History of Community Led Planning in the UK
Spaces of HOPE' is exploring the history of community-led planning (CLP) in the UK by documenting the diverse ways in which people have come together to care for the future of their local environments and exploring what their efforts mean for contemporary approaches to planning and participatory place-making.
Overall, the project aims to uncover previously hidden histories of this important form of local citizen action, exploring how grassroots, place-based activism has challenged development proposals, set out alternative visions for places and in the process reshaped communities, identities and citizens' relations with the local state. The project brings together a multidisciplinary team of planners, community artists and historians, and combines arts-based, participatory methods such as documentary and archival research, memory walks and photo elicitation with oral history interviews and workshops. The project will develop and archive of Community-led planning and will explore case studies of local initiatives.
Image credit: Bunny Schendler
Impact of Research
The project aims to generate impact by working with the UK’s Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA, https://www.tcpa.org.uk/ ) to stimulate dialogue between past and present. A project website, hosted by the Digital Humanities Institute but available through the TCPA site, will act as an interactive CLP 'exhibition', including timelines and downloadable maps, and a living archive of CLP stories and materials. A series of workshops, short articles and presentations at practitioner events will be used to generate discussion and we will produce downloadable guides for local groups interested in researching CLP and on what policy-makers can learn from these histories of citizen action and participatory planning. A final, national workshop "Community-Led Planning: the Next Fifty Years" will promote collective discussions on the future of CLP.
Major grants and funding
AHRC: Spaces of HOPE. The Hidden History of Community Led Planning in the UK (AH/T00729X/1)
Professor Geraint Ellis (CI) Queen's University of Belfast firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Sue Brownill (PI) Oxford Brookes University email@example.com
Dr Andy Inch(CI) University of Sheffield firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Francesca Sartorio (CI) Cardiff University email@example.com
Dr Loraine Leeson (CI) Middlesex University firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Glen O'Hara (CI) Oxford Brookes University email@example.com
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions