The highly regarded Planning for Real® training programme is coming up in Birmingham on 25 and 26 April 2018. This participative community planning tool provides participants with knowledge of how to plan and facilitate a Planning for Real® community engagement programme. The next course will be will take place at Waterside Room, The Bond Company 180 – 182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE. See our Training page for more information and how you can book.
Margaret Wilkinson provided advice and information on the Planning for Real approach, via skype and electronically, to Officers in Christchurch, New Zealand who were about to embark on delivering the third round of consultations to create parks, community facilities and recreational opportunities in a residential zone affected by the earthquakes. Their methodology won a national award in April 2017 for its community engagement, leadership, and response to complex planning and technical requirements.
You may have heard of or even used Planning for Real®, the community planning process based on a 3D model which has now been going for about thirty years. Now part of the Accord, Planning for Real® has supported several communities across England and even in Europe. Using a very visual and participative process where everyone can have their say in a non-confrontational environment, it encourages residents and communities to become more actively involved and have a say on what happens in their neighbourhoods. The process involves stakeholder mapping, model making, running consultation events, prioritisation and action planning.