Promoting a positive sense of place is critical for very many aspects of local government, and is really what what local government, as compared to central government, is all about. Understanding how and what people feel about where they live enables councils to discuss with them priorities and to negotiate disputes to try and achieve some kind of consensus about local decisions around, for example, planning or resources. They can be used therefore for community engagement, participatory planning, and to ensure planning isn’t seen as just imposed on residents but facilitates their involvement.
We are putting together a series of briefings and blogs about the sense of place – exploring what place-based approaches mean when we are talking about regeneration and new developments, about healthy places, about community engagement and social cohesion.
Help us think about what ‘a sense of place’ means for different people across England. Add a photo that represents how you – or your community – feel about a place. What makes that place unique? Why does it matter to you? Are you proud of the place? Does it make up part of your identity? Click “add to list” and tell us about it.