• Marple: A community taking action

    “Marple is one of the best places in the world, and Marple Civic Society is proud to be the civic society for the area. However, our mission is to make Marple an even better place to live.” Gillian Postill, Chair Marple Civic Society Since The Glass-House was invited to support the community in Marple in […]

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  • Communities shaping places: Castlefield Forum

    By Carole Middleton Castlefield Forum is a great example of a community shaping a place in a city-centre conservation area. It is a voluntary, community group established with the key aim of making Castlefield an even better place for local residents, businesses, workers and visitors. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or has […]

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  • To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #2

    By Sir Tom Shebbeare An amateur planner: asset or a hazard? Challenging the status quo by using the tool of neighbourhood planning could involve making amateur planners of us all. But are we an asset or a hazard? I’m 63 and until very recently had never been involved with planning – although the concept of […]

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  • Glass-House supported group get their Neighbourhood Plan through referendum!

    We’re delighted to see the hard work of the community of Kirdford, West Sussex to develop a neighbourhood plan come to fruition. Last week the community voted a solid “Yes!” to the community-developed plans for their local area. The Glass-House helped the Kirdford community early on with hands-on design and community engagement support to enable […]

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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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  • The National Planning Policy Framework and Community Led Design

    Yesterday, the final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was released. I would like to draw attention to three very simple points that Minister Greg Clark makes in his foreword to the document: Our standards of design can be so much higher. Planning must be a creative exercise in finding ways to […]

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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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  • Glass-House Debate – Newcastle

    Once again the topic – Community Led Design: what is it and does it work? – was tackled in the latest Glass-House Debate, held on 21st February. The event was hosted by partners, Northern Architecture, at the Bond Centre in central Newcastle. Sophia de Sousa, Glass-House Chief Executive, introduced the theme and said how glad she […]

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  • Building Community at Eden’s Core

    Earlier this month we joined our Building Community partners – Eden Project, Locality and communityplanning.net – at the awe-inspiring Eden Project in Cornwall for the Building Community Planning Camp, an event which aimed to help communities get their heads around neighbourhood planning. Groups from all over the country came along to participate in three days […]

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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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