• Learning from the front line of community led design

    After four fantastic years at The Glass-House, I am leaving at the end of this week to start a new challenge. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experiences: Design heals all wounds – coming together to work on the fundamentals of how to make a place better has the power to resolve tensions within a […]

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  • Scotland reveals inspired attitudes to community led action

    This year’s DTAS conference ‘Development Trusts – Doing the Business’ brought together over 200 people from the Development Trust movement across Scotland. The Development Trusts themselves are largely made up of volunteers and the sheer amount of work these people put in and the successes they are achieving is incredible, especially in these times of […]

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  • London Voices on Neighbourhood Planning

    Last Saturday 23rd June London Civic Forum held an event in collaboration with Just Space bringing civic groups together to share their experiences of Neighbourhood Planning so far. The Glass-House was there to speak about the experiences we have had with groups working on Neighbourhood Plans over the last year and to explain the support […]

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  • What is the role of the built environment in the future of our High Streets?

    Last week, Louise and I had the pleasure of taking part in High Street Camp, an ‘unconference’ which brought together a diverse group of people from community representatives to regeneration professionals, to explore the future of our town centres and to share ideas and experience to address some of the key issues involved. We ran […]

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  • Training for Housing Association Design Review Panels

    We were recently commissioned by First Wessex Housing Association in Southampton to deliver a two-day training course for members of three design review panels. Some of the group (a mixture of staff and residents) had just joined the panels and others had been involved for years.  I worked closely with our Glass-House Enabler Matt Lally […]

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  • Lots to learn from Neighbourhoods Study Tour in Sheffield

    South Owlerton in Sheffield made a fantastic case study for us to visit on a Study Tour we ran as part of the Building Community programme – supporting communities to become ‘neighbourhood planning’ ready. A number of community groups came with us to hear from South Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) and tour their huge array […]

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  • Community Rights Made Real: What will the Localism Act mean for communities?

    With the Localism Act (the government’s new policy giving increased decision-making powers to communities) soon to become part of our planning system, there is a lot of talk about how our communities and neighbourhoods will be affected. Among the increased powers are 3 new Rights for communities: The Community Right to Bid – i.e. the […]

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  • Big Insights: What next for community spaces?

    Last week I attended an event organised by Big Lottery Fund to help them consider the future of their funding for community spaces. Various organisations and charities who work with and support local people on public and open space projects were there to listen to others and to share their own experiences. The public space […]

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  • Reflections on the Portas Review

    The Portas Review, an independent review into the future of our high streets by Queen of Shops Mary Portas was published recently and made for a thought-provoking read. The review is incredibly relevant to the work of The Glass-House and the groups we support. One of the main areas of focus is just how important […]

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  • Exploring the Neighbourhoods of Stroud and Bristol

    Last Thursday we led a group of local community members and support workers on a Neighbourhoods Study Tour around Stroud and Bristol. The aim of the day was for groups to witness first hand how local people have made a positive and lasting impact on their neighbourhoods: physically, socially, environmentally and economically. We visited two  […]

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