Resources for Neighbourhood Projects
Neighbourhood Prompt Questions
This sheet can be used by local people to start an assessment of their neighbourhood. The questions are aimed at prompting discussion about what is working and not working in the built environment of the neighbourhood. In the past, groups we have worked with have used the questions at community open days to kick start a neighbourhood regeneration scheme
Downloads from other organisations
CABE: Creating Successful Masterplans - A Guide for Clients
A guide to assist your community group through the master planning process including examples of projects across the UK.
CABE: Agreeing a procurement strategy
This document offers supplementary guidance to CABE’s Creating successful Masterplans client guide. It outlines the importance of a long-term commitment to delivering high quality development and sets put how to establish a clear ‘plan of action’ for the development of your community project.
Living Streets: Reclaim your streets
This toolkit outlines in detail the process of engaging with your local community to assess and improve streets for the pedestrian, on the basis that the local community are the local experts
RIBA: Better Homes and Neighbourhoods
This short policy summary sets out the challenges of creating high quality homes and neighbourhoods in the future, with a number of suggestions to help address these
Department for Transport: manual for streets
This is a detailed and technical manual setting out the principles and standards for high quality design of streets and their context. It is divided into 3 sections: the context and process, design principles, and detailed design issues.
A national charity which challenges authorities to improve local streets and public spaces to make them clean, safe and less traffic-dominated. Living Streets organises campaigns such as Walk to Work/School week.
Aims to highlight the importance of green spaces for the residents of social housing, and to raise the quality of their design, management and safe use within social housing providers. Website provides case studies and publications free to download
Building for Life
This website sets out the national standards for well designed homes and neighbourhoods. The site covers the 20 criteria for quality design, covering themes of environment and community; character; streets parking and pedestrianisation; and design and construction. An introduction to the assessment system, case studies and publications for download are also included
Planning for Real
A planning model which through the use of interactive hands on tools and techniques, enables people to individually and collectively learn new sills and develop their own assets and strengths and shape the places where they live.