Place Champions

Are you part of a community or organised local group and want to take a positive role in influencing the development of your neighbourhood? Apply for our technical support packages now.

 

Apply by: December 20th 2020

The Place Champions programme aims to support and empower community groups in poorer neighbourhoods, to influence positively their local area, by providing:

Increased knowledge on how local planning works

Increased understanding of how to influence planning

Increased confidence and ability to take public action

Increased understanding of how to access funding

How does the programme work?

We can provide technical support on anything from a desk-based study to a viability assessment or the full co-design of your neighbourhood, working with external architects of your choice over an extended period of time. The range of support packages that you can apply for can be found in more detail below.

Package 1: A 'desk-based study'

This consists of a desk-based study, specific to your needs, produced by Create Streets. This package is for community groups in need of evidence and research to bolster their influence over development in their area, or even to help with site viability assessments.

Package 2: A ‘desk-based study’ and the use of the ‘Create Communities’ mapping tool

This consists of a desk-based study, specific to your needs, produced by Create Streets as well as a map of crowd-sourced data on your local area using an online mapping tool. This is for community groups in need of evidence and place-based research, evidence and data to bolster their influence over development in their area. 

Package 3: An online co-design programme

This consists of; a desk-based study’, a ‘virtual talk’; a ‘virtual walk’ and a; ‘virtual do’ session, where leaders can co-design their own plan for a development site or area over zoom using an interactive co-design platform. To do this, leaders can choose from a panel of 7 architects and urban designers to work and collaborate with. This is for community groups who are in need of a community-led plan which can be used as a tool to negotiate with in discussions with decision-makers. The project, and all three sessions, should ideally take place within a six to eight-week period and should have between 15-25 participants involved.

Package 4: An in-person co-design programme

This consists of; a desk-based study’, a ‘talk’; a ‘walk’ and a; ‘do’ session, where leaders can co-design their own plan for a development site or area. To do this, leaders can choose from a panel of 7 architects and urban designers to work and collaborate with. This is for community groups who are in need of a community-led plan which can be used as a tool to negotiate with in discussions with decision-makers. The project, and all three sessions, should ideally take place within a six to eight-week period and should have between 15-25 participants involved.

Package 5: Influence 

Following on from either option 3 or 4, there is also an opportunity for an ‘influence’ package. This is only available if mutually agreed to be necessary or helpful with applicants who have already received funding in the form of package 3 or 4. This is deliberately not tightly defined in advance but can be anything from further design work, wider dissemination of work to date or supporting interactions and building relationships with the council, developer, or landowners. The intent is to deepen the learning and increases the chances of impact.

 

Who should apply?

We are looking for local groups of people that are committed, organised, and want positively to influence local development, local streets or a specific site. We are also looking for sites where 50% of the area or population is in the 20% most deprived areas in England and which, with support:

Will improve street or public and private realm design

Will create new homes or restore old buildings

Will create the potential for broader influence

Will create impact, and have influence at early stage planning

Deprivation is calulated using LSOA ratings. You can calculate your neighbourhood area's using this map, here:

How to apply?

Fill out our short, online application form found on this page

We will get in touch to let you know if you have made the shortlist

Short introduction call with Create Streets team

Decision made by the 12th of Febuary 2021 (we get cracking!)

The Place Champions programme is designed to help you early on in the process. If this is not what you need then please do still get in touch and we may be able to suggest another organisation who can help you.

 

‘Inspiring to see new forms of technology used to reach a greater audience’

Member of the Tower Hamlet Citizens during the Creating Communities online co-design session

‘A little miracle happened here today’

One resident, in response to the workshop and possibility of bring affordable housing to the area.

“Revived by your great talk yesterday. Content was absorbing and your delivery was, in case you were not aware, terrific.”

Audience Member

“When I see Create Streets’ work, I see hope”

Community housing project manager and workshop participant