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									The Deputy Prime Minister’s Award
for Sustainable Communities            2005




                     administered by
    Contents




               3         Foreword from The Deputy Prime Minister


               4         Message from the Chair of the Assessment Panel


               5         Award Criteria, Assessment Process and Panel


               6–7       Overall Winner – The Regeneration of Attwood Green, Birmingham


               8         Finalist – Gravesend Town Centre: From Survival to Sustainability, Gravesham


               9         Finalist – A New Deal for Braunstone, Leicester


               10        Finalist – Springhill Cohousing, Stroud


               11 – 15   Projects selected for special recognition




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Foreword from The Deputy Prime Minister




                          The Rt Hon John Prescott MP
                          Deputy Prime Minister


                          In
                                  Bristol last December, I             I want to thank BURA for organising


“  These projects
demonstrate the
progress which is being
                                  brought together 29 nations
                                  for a Ministerial informal
                          meeting on sustainable communities
                          under the UK Presidency of the
                          European Union.
                                                                     the Award and I am very grateful to
                                                                     the judging panel of experts chaired
                                                                     by Clive Dutton.

                                                                        The Government does not
                                                                     underestimate the scale of the
made to create more         We agreed a common approach and          challenge which remains. But these
                          shared ideas about skills, funding and     projects demonstrate the progress
sustainable places in     governance needed to create                which is being made - and the
                          sustainable communities.                   commitment by all concerned to
which people feel                                                    create more sustainable places in
                             Our agreement - "the Bristol Accord"    which people feel proud to live.
proud to live
             ”            - not only set a future agenda for
                          Europe. It also demonstrated how
                          much this country has achieved since
                          we set out our agenda for sustainable
                          communities in 2002.

                            In that time the concept of
                          sustainable communities has
                          developed into an internationally
                          accepted framework for stronger cities,
                          towns and regions.

                            And this year's Award for Sustainable
                          Communities provides another
                          reminder of the tremendous work
                          which is being undertaken up and
                          down the country.

                             Yet again we have had a terrific
                          response and the four finalists have
                          done well to stand out in a strong field
                          of entrants.


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    Message from the Chair of the Assessment Panel




                               Clive Dutton OBE
                               Director of Planning & Regeneration, Birmingham City Council


                               T
                                      he Awards Panel, administered           special recognition. The Panel considers
                                      independently by BURA (the              that these projects demonstrate
                                      British Urban Regeneration              exceptional strengths within specific
                               Association), consists of assessors with a     criteria or a particularly useful approach
                               wide variety of relevant expertise,            to supporting the development of
                               representing public, private, community,       sustainable communities.
                               voluntary, academic and professional
                               organisations. The Panel has considered           I would like to express my gratitude to
                               150 entries in total this year, and has        the Panel for its objectivity, hard work,
                               therefore needed to focus on seeking           and above all for its passion, which has
                               out those that really impress and stand        been so evident at the lively assessment
                               out from the crowd.                            meetings, and to BURA for its
                                                                              commitment to identifying best practice
                                  This year the criteria used by the Panel    through the quality of the assessment
                               are the agreed definition of a sustainable     process, and for providing a support
                               community as published in the ODPM’s           team to assist in the initial screening of
                               two five-year plans - 'Homes for All' and      entries. BURA has also this year been



    “
                               'People, Places and Prosperity' - eight        involved in revisiting the 2004 finalists
        The overall winner,    components in total as well as the             for a series of masterclass events and its
                               requirement for full community                 forthcoming report illustrates how the
    and the other finalists,   involvement and a track record of              components of a sustainable community
                               success. The Panel’s role is to identify the   are expressed on the ground.
    are inspirational          most outstanding projects that can
                               demonstrate strengths across the full             I would like to thank the ODPM for
    examples of sustainable    range of these components. We then             giving me the opportunity once again to
                               recommend finalists and an overall             chair the Panel, and to pledge my
    communities being          winner for the Deputy Prime Minister’s         support for the continued work to
                               final decision.                                explore the further promotion of award-
    delivered on the                                                          winning projects by BURA, by the new



            ”
                                  The overall winner, and the other           Academy for Sustainable Communities
    ground.                    finalists, are inspirational examples of       and by the ODPM itself.
                               sustainable communities being delivered
                               on the ground. They have created
                               strategies and practical solutions to suit
                               different market conditions, across both
                               urban and rural areas. It is interesting to
                               note the contrasting character of these
                               approaches, in particular that different
                               sectors have taken the lead role in
                               strategy development and delivery.

                                 This brochure also highlights 10
                               projects which have been selected for




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Award Criteria, Assessment Process and Panel


Award Criteria                               Assessment Process                            The Assessment Panel
Entries were invited this year from          All entries are scrutinised by an             Phil Barton
projects and initiatives of all types and    independent Assessment Panel                  RENEW Northwest
sizes that are contributing to making        administered by BURA. The assessment          Alan Baxter
towns, cities and rural communities in       process is divided into three stages.         Alan Baxter Associates
England better places in which to live                                                     Grenville Chappel
and work.                                    • Stage 1 All entries are assessed on         Beacon Community Regeneration
                                               paper, to ascertain whether they            Partnership (2003 Award Winner)
                                               sufficiently meet the specified criteria.   Clive Dutton (Chair)
ALL projects and initiatives must                                                          Birmingham City Council
demonstrate active involvement of the        • Stage 2 Projects that sufficiently meet     Bill Ellson
community including business and/or            the criteria are visited by a member of     Creekside Forum
residents.                                     the Panel, and a written report             Tony Fyson
                                               submitted to the Panel for collective       TCPA
ALL projects and initiatives should be         discussion. A short-list of projects is     Donnette Milkson
advanced to a state where there is a           then agreed.                                Joining Up Northumberland Park (2004
record of success with demonstrable                                                        Finalist)
results and should meet some, or all, of     • Stage 3 Projects on the short-list          Crispin Moor
the following criteria:                        receive a visit from a further member       Commission for Rural Communities
                                               of the Panel. A second written report is    Kevin Murray
• ACTIVE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE                   submitted to the Panel for further          Kevin Murray Associates
  fair, tolerant and cohesive with a           discussion and the recommended              Rob Pearson
  strong local culture and other shared        finalists are selected from this list for   English Partnerships
  community activities                         final approval by The Deputy Prime          Jack Pringle
                                               Minister.                                   RIBA
• WELL RUN with effective and inclusive                                                    Professor Peter Roberts
  participation, representation and                                                        Academy for Sustainable
  leadership                                                                               Communities/University of Liverpool
                                                                                           Dan Sequerra
• ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE                                                                BURA Charitable Trust
  providing places for people to live that                                                 Jess Steele
  are considerate of the environment                                                       BURA
                                                                                           Francesca Templeman
• WELL DESIGNED AND WELL BUILT                                                             NHBC
  featuring a good quality built and                                                       Lorna Walker
  natural environment                                                                      Lorna Walker Consulting Ltd
                                                                                           Charmaine Young
• WELL CONNECTED with good                                                                 St George Plc
  transport services and communication
  linking people to jobs, schools, health
  and other services                                                                       The Assessment Support Team
                                                                                           Peter R. Bloomfield
• THRIVING with a flourishing and                                                          ODPM
  diverse local economy                                                                    Robert Brady
                                                                                           BURA
• WELL SERVED with public, private,                                                        Simon Burwood
  community and voluntary services that                                                    BURA
  are appropriate to people’s needs and                                                    Paul Jess
  accessible to all                                                                        BURA
                                                                                           Jon Ladd
• FAIR FOR EVERYONE including those in                                                     BURA
  other communities, now and in the                                                        Vicki Willis
  future                                                                                   BURA




                                                                                                                                  5
    Overall Winner The Regeneration of Attwood Green, Birmingham




    “W
                    hen we started, they              Optima Community Association, a           landscaped parkland creating the largest
                    were queuing to get out;       community-driven housing organisation,       park area within the city ring road,
                    now they are queuing to        was formed in June 1999 with a vision to     285,000 sq ft of mixed commercial
    get in!” This is how the Chief Executive       create a mixed-tenure, socially inclusive    space, community facilities and major
    of Optima Community Association                and vibrant community at Attwood             transportation improvements. Physical
    sums up the dramatic turnaround of             Green, with family houses, flats and         development to date includes more than
    Attwood Green over the past seven              student accommodation together with          271 residential units (with a further 125
    years.                                         business zones. Between 1999 and 2005,       under construction), office space and a
                                                   with the injection of almost £50 million     230-bed hotel bringing commercial
       Attwood Green comprises five large                                                       activity to the area for the first time.
    1950s to 1970s housing estates featuring
    predominantly one and two bedroom
                                                  “When we started, they                           Through an innovative financial
    dwellings in high-rise blocks and              were queuing to get out;                     arrangement Crest Nicholson is required
    maisonettes. The estates were originally       now they are queuing to                      to provide £32 million of essential works.
    designed according to a ‘towers in the                                                      These Guaranteed Essential Works
    park’ concept. In reality however, the         get in!”                                     include the delivery of social housing,
    large proportion of planned open space                                                      infrastructure, community buildings and
    was underutilised, difficult to maintain       of Estate Renewal Challenge Funding, a       environmental improvements. Crest
    and a hot-bed for crime. Despite               massive 1,150 properties were refurbished    Nicholson carries out the works in the
    Attwood Green’s proximity to                   (including the two tallest social housing    early years and then offsets the cost
    Birmingham City Centre, the area was           blocks in the UK) and 1,350 unsatisfactory   against the payment due to Optima and
    ghettoised, the city’s middle ring road        homes demolished. Almost 2,000 homes         Birmingham City Council. Work completed
    acted as a physical barrier to the rest of     are now being built for private sale as      so far includes an outstanding new park,
    the city and local service provision was       well as 550 homes for rental.                subway closures, transport improvements,
    poor. Furthermore, Attwood Green was                                                        significant infrastructure work and the
    characterised by a high turnover of               In 2001 Optima and Birmingham City        formulation of a community arts strategy.
    tenants, empty and derelict homes,             Council formed a Joint Venture to deliver
    falling school rolls, and ‘no-go’ areas.       a social and economic masterplan                A further agreement between the
                                                   providing a framework for the                project’s partners prescribes that all
       By 1996 the area had declined to the        regeneration of the estates. Crest           capital receipts generated through the
    point where local residents staged             Nicholson was appointed as developer         release of land for development will be
    roof-top protests and sit-ins to draw          for Phase One of Attwood Green which         ploughed back into the area and thus as
    attention to what they themselves              covers the 26.6 acre Lee Bank estate and     land values have increased, the local
    termed, “the Slum Quarter of                   is now known as Park Central. The            authority and Optima have been able to
    Birmingham”. Residents subsequently            scheme will ultimately provide around        capture the benefit of these uplifts for
    worked with the local authority to find        2,000 new homes including a mix of           the community. A 0.62 acre site recently
    a way forward which led to the                 social housing, private housing and          sold for over twice its originally
    successful ‘yes’ vote for a stock transfer.    shared ownership, eight acres of             anticipated value.


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    The once-oppositional residents have      exhibition entitled ‘My Little Flat’, is     During one phase of construction, over
 invested enormous energy into turning        now promoted as best practice by the         650,000 tonnes of material was
 the area around. A sense of pride            Housing Corporation and the Arts             excavated but only 400 tonnes ended up
 expresses itself through those residents     Council.                                     in landfill.
 who have remained involved in the
 project since their original protests.          The project has invested heavily in       View of the Panel
 Residents are involved at all levels. Some   transport connections both in the            The epitome of innovation and high
 serve on the Board (holding 7 of the 15      immediate neighbourhood and to the           quality… the Regeneration of Attwood
 places); others regularly attend             rest of the city. At the request of the      Green provides us with an excellent
                                              community unpopular subways have             example of how to turn an area around.
“…offers valuable lessons                     been filled and replaced with
                                              pedestrian crossings, there is an estate
                                                                                           It offers valuable lessons in creative
                                                                                           financial agreements and in first class
 in creative financial                        minibus and residents are working with       community engagement. The project
 agreements and in first                      local artists on a scheme to mark out        should also be commended for its strong
                                              safe pedestrian routes across the            environmental commitment in
 class community                              estates using reflective lighting sunk       demolition and new build process and in
                                              into the pavements.                          seeking to end distinctions in the quality
 engagement”                                                                               of sale homes and those for social
                                                The project has retained a strong          housing. As one panel member
 development meetings and act as a link       focus on quality of design from the          commented Attwood Green proves “it
 to other residents. Five active residents’   outset both in landscaping and the           can be done!”
 groups, a neighbourhood forum, a small       built environment and boasts several
 grants group and an estate-wide social       accolades, including a CABE ‘Building
 events group all contribute to a sense of    for Life Gold Standard’ award for Park
 identity and belonging. Many residents       Central in 2005. This meticulous
 have been involved in decisions from the     commitment to design has meant that
 selection of contractors through to the      new housing is effectively ‘tenure blind’,
 type of properties they would like to        with no discernible difference between
 live in. Optima engages with residents       owned homes and socially or privately
 through formal meetings, walkabouts,         rented dwellings. All homes met Decent       Contact
 road shows, social events, the arts,         Homes Standard by December 2004              Georgette Wright
 research training and through the work       and all new homes are built to Lifetime      Optima Community Association
 of its partner agencies running women’s      Homes, Secured by Design and                 1st Floor Queens Gate
 groups, play projects etc. In 2005 an        EcoHomes standards. Attwood Green            121 Suffolk Street, Queensway
 artist in residence was commissioned to      has furthermore demonstrated an              Birmingham B1 1LX
 encourage residents to express their         exceptional approach to large scale          Tel 0121 687 3163
 thoughts and fears about the                 recycling with over 90% of demolition        Email gw@optima.org.uk
 regeneration process. The result, an         and excavation material being re-used.


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    Finalist Gravesend Town Centre: From Survival to Sustainability, Gravesham



    This         is a story of fighting back. In
                 1990 Gravesham was
    struggling with the legacy of industrial
    decline and an air of neglect hung over
    Gravesend, the Borough’s principal urban
    centre. The vacant and derelict
    properties and traffic-filled shopping
    streets of Gravesend were about to be
    dealt a further blow with the arrival of
    two major regional shopping centres on
    their doorstep - Lakeside (1990) and
    Bluewater (1999), between them now
    pulling in over 50 million people a year.
       The Borough responded in an
    organised way to ‘stop the rot’ with the
    formation of the Gravesend Town Centre
    Initiative (GTCI) led by Gravesham
    Borough Council. This partnership,
    involving both businesses and residents,
    has been key to the evolution of the
    Town Centre Strategy and to the many           Gravesend’s large Sikh community - set    team as well as the tourism information
    consultation exercises on specific             to become one of the town’s iconic        centre, a cyber-portal, and a place for
    proposals for various parts of the town        buildings. The Town Centre Strategy       exhibitions, educational and business
    centre. Long-term political leadership         stated that Gravesend should serve        events.
    and the commitment of key people are           those members of the community who
    also vital features, with businesses           could not afford to shop at Bluewater.    View of the Panel
    closely involved through a Steering            Now vacancies in Gravesend’s retail       The Panel felt that Gravesham offered an
    Group and, since 2003, through the             premises have fallen by 25%, with ‘Zone   example of civic leadership at its best,
    Gravesend Delivery Board.                      A’ rents shooting up by 25% since 2003.   with many different bodies being led
       The project’s first aim was to survive         Efforts have also been channelled      well by the local authority using a
    Bluewater but, in anticipating                 into environmental improvements such      carefully thought out and inclusive
    developments in the Thames Gateway, it         as pedestrianisation, landscaping and     strategy to reverse the decline of their
    has re-defined the town’s roles in the         the provision of street furniture and     town.
    regional economy, enhanced the town’s          planting. All physical work has been      The Panel was keen to consider the
    cultural interest, and identified several      underpinned by pro-active                 implications of sustainable communities
    ‘quarters’ as a basis for masterplanning.      management, including a                   on secondary towns. From an original
    Thus when the renaissance of Gravesend         comprehensive security network and a      intention of survival, now through this
    was identified by the ODPM as a key            dedicated town centre maintenance         work Gravesend is better placed to
    project for the Thames Gateway, the            team.                                     embrace, contribute to, and benefit from
    earlier achievements and planning meant           Without a valued town centre no        the wider regeneration and development
    the town was well placed to move               community can enjoy a good quality of     of the Thames Gateway.
    quickly.                                       life. Helping everyone to value their        One panel member noted that “Of all
       The high quality refurbishment of the       town and fellow-citizens is therefore a   the towns I have visited Gravesend has
    town’s Heritage Quarter, including the         key aim of the GTCI. The Futuretown       the highest civic pride. It has not only
    conservation of 85 listed buildings, has       project for example, encourages           survived but has become a healthy
    provided 10 new shops and 51 new               hundreds of local schoolchildren each     town.”
    homes for key workers in the historic          year to think about Gravesend’s future.
    High Street. This project has also led to      The town also hosts numerous cultural
    the restoration of the 1834 Grade II*          and entertainment activities such as
    Town Pier and the creation of a riverside      the ‘Big Day Out’ – a festival of         Contact
    walkway. A further £100 million mixed-         multicultural music, dance and cuisine.   Christopher Woodley
    use development is due to commence in          The GTCI makes excellent use of its       Gravesham Borough Council
    2006 which will create 1,000 jobs and          historic roots to generate a sense of     Civic Centre
    see the construction of 600 homes.             identity and place.                       Windmill Street
       This project has given the area a              Gravesend’s Tourism, Regeneration      Gravesend
    renewed confidence, bringing public,           and Information Centre,                   Kent DA12 1AU
    private and voluntary investment into          TOWNCENTRIC, is a one-stop resource       Tel 01474 337 340
    important new facilities for the town,         for the community. This accessible        Email christopher.woodley@gravesham.gov.uk
    such as a £9 million Gurdwara for              centre is the base for the town centre

8
Finalist A New Deal for Braunstone, Leicester




In
         1999 Braunstone had a
         reputation as the worst estate in
         the East Midlands. The area had
one of the highest crime rates in
Leicester, with a burglary rate of three
times the average. Just 42% of people of
working age were in full employment and
unemployment was high at 8.2%.
Educational attainment was poor with
over 40% of pupils leaving school with
no GCSE qualifications.

   In the same year the area was awarded
£49.5 million from the Government’s New
Deal for Communities Fund (NDC). The
Braunstone Community Association
(BCA) was formed to deliver an
integrated programme to tackle the
above concerns as well as poor health
and a lack of physical infrastructure. The
programme has also secured a further £18       vital to the development of new                mainstreaming and continued local
million from other sources such as             sporting facilities which have provided        ownership of delivery backed up by a
Leicester City Council and Sport England.      the vehicle for reaching young people          community asset base, and a possible
   Through effective joined-up working                                                        maintenance trust for the park.
with statutory agencies, voluntary sector
organisations and local residents, the
                                              “The FAB project is totally                     View of the Panel
programme has implemented key                  inspirational and demands                      The project has overcome early
transformational schemes including:            a national roll out          ”                 problems associated with governance
                                                                                              and delivery team dynamics. It now
• The Youth House …a purpose-built             and disaffected people. One panel              represents best practice in delivery
  centre for young people with an              member reported that the FAB (Fit and          structure and team. The team energy is
  Internet café, dance and DJ studios,         Active Braunstone) project, which              reflected in the positive attitudes of the
  advice and support services                  supports more than 300 residents to            many providers and local people. The
• The BRITE Centre …Braunstone Reading         change their lifestyles, “is totally           BCA has already delivered major
  Information Technology and                   inspirational and demands a national roll      transformational change to create an
  Entertainment Centre                         out”.                                          area that is now in demand. In doing so,
• A £10m leisure centre …in which                                                             it has achieved an exemplary balance of
  Braunstone residents are eligible for           The BCA has a very effective board          process and product that is already
  discounts of up to 75%                       arrangement with over 50% resident             creating the platform for activities that
                                               representation and an open-to-all policy       provide for further community growth
   These schemes have been supported           for board meetings. Braunstone now has         with nationally remarkable work such as
by more than 90 smaller initiatives, such      a ‘feel-good factor’ with the community        the FAB project. The organisation
as the Six Streets project in which 250        taking an active role in new facilities. For   recognises fully the need to put in place
houses earmarked for demolition were           example, all projects have a resident and      a succession strategy underpinned by
instead transferred to the Leicester           specialist members group which is              local ownership of community assets.
Housing Association and refurbished.           responsible for monitoring project
This not only transformed one of the           progress. The regeneration of Braunstone
most deprived parts of Braunstone but          has been achieved through an approach
created training and job opportunities         based on refurbishment and
for 70-plus residents. The Six Streets also    improvement rather than demolition and         Contact
boasts the largest domestic solar energy       rebuild.                                       Louise Aldrich
project in the UK which significantly                                                         Braunstone Community Association
reduces energy costs to residents.                The NDC programme is recognised as          Head Office
                                               a starting point in a long process of          Forest Business Park, Oswin Road
   A strong aspect of Braunstone’s             enhancing Braunstone and for this reason       Braunstone
strategy has been the establishment of         the BCA is investing much energy into a        Leicester LE3 1HR
key facilities that have broadened the         succession strategy to ensure that the         Tel 0870 170 6940
offer and provided for particular target       momentum continues beyond the NDC              Email louise.aldrich@braunstone.com
groups. A Sport Action Zone has been           funding timeframe through

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     Finalist Springhill Cohousing, Stroud




     S
           pringhill Cohousing in Stroud is the
           first new build cohousing
           community in the UK and is a
     possible model for future sustainable
     communities. This ‘creative way of living’
     comprises 35 households plus a Common
     House where people cook and eat
     together at least four times a week. This
     substantial additional space makes it
     easy for people to have smaller private
     dwellings with a safe pedestrian street
     through the middle of the site. The
     Common House is the hub of the
     community, a communal extension to
     residents’ private living rooms. As well as
     hanging out for a chat and a cup of
     coffee, there are regular singing, dancing,
     tai chi groups, films, parties and
     celebrations. Downstairs there is a
     workshop, table tennis area and laundry.
                                                   in commissioning the construction.           itself and in relation to the rest of the
        Designed by Architype, long-term           Three housing units are subsidised in        world. While cynics may scoff at the
     specialists in timber frame houses in the     perpetuity at 15% below market value.        idealism of cohousing, Springhill offers
     Walter Segal tradition, the project shows
     how a small, inconvenient sloping site
     can be transformed into a new
                                                      In Denmark, from a standing start in
                                                   the 1970s, 3–4% of the population now
                                                                                               “Springhill offers an
     community. Timber construction and            live in cohousing. In Stroud they are        innovative but practical
     cladding give the hill-slope site a           already working on schemes for coflats
     distinctive character and the relatively      and actively looking for other sites to
                                                                                                and rather sensible 21st
     narrow, pedestrianised ‘main street’          develop. As UK households continue to        century version of
     meanders around the site parallel with        change and shrink cohousing may offer
     the contours, creating a characterful
     village feel. Walking and cycling are
                                                   answers more widely. The high level of
                                                   single parents at Springhill (nearly half
                                                                                                communitarianism              ”
     priority modes of transport within the        the families with children) shows how        an innovative but practical and rather
     area and beyond. While car ownership          cohousing responds to their need for         sensible 21st century version of
     remains high, car use is reportedly lower     safety, services and social interaction      communitarianism; there is no sense of
     than average, with easy walking access to     close to home. A third of the residents      imposed ethos. In fact the efforts to
     the town centre.                              of Springhill work from home and the         make consensus decisions are clearly
                                                   nature of the community means there is       tiring, yet the commitment remains
        Recycling, community composting,           a lot of business support sharing,           because the residents know the
     high-intensity insulation, PV panels, a       offering a glimpse of a possible future      alternative – distant bureaucracy, poor
     Sustainable Urban Drainage System             for home-based enterprise integrated         services, individual powerlessness and
     (SUDS), and a car-sharing scheme all          with more sustainable living.                social isolation.
     contribute to an environmentally
     sensitive scheme. The meaning of ‘health      View of the Panel
     care and social services’ is transformed      This is a small but extremely successful
     by cohousing where it is so much easier       cohousing development, thought to be
     to eat well, be healthy and look out for      the first of its kind in the country. The
     each other. Something in the overall          involvement of residents is impressive,
     attitude of the site minimises negative       constant and fulfilling to all. The sense
     and enhances positive environmental and       of contribution to the locality is           Contact
     social impacts.                               palpable, but the absence of coercion is     David Michael
                                                   valuable too. People live their              Cohousing Company Ltd
        Cohousing promotes a very strong           individual lives with an added               16 Springhill
     sense of belonging and encourages             collective dimension.                        Stroud
     friendly, co-operative and helpful                                                         Gloucester GL5 1TN
     behaviour, including self-policing. The         This is a ‘values-driven’ sustainable      Tel 01453 766 466
     residents all became directors of the         community with a strong and coherent         Email david@ic.org
     development company so were involved          sense of what it wants to be, both for

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 Special Recognition Botton Village, near Whitby, North Yorkshire




 B
       otton Village, set in 650 acres of
       the North Yorkshire Moors near
       Whitby, is an integrated
 community supporting adults with
 learning disabilities and other special
 needs. Part of the international
 Camphill movement, Botton has 330
 residents of whom 130 have special
 needs and are supported and cared for
 by the community as a whole.

                                                 Sustainability is core to the ethos       sustainable communities. The culture of
“The community’s culture                      behind the village and as well as            respect that is evident in Botton is
 focuses on tolerance,                        rearing livestock, growing crops and         particularly relevant and is one to which
                                              managing forestry, the community             every community would do well to aspire.
 respect and developing                       sells products made in their
                                              workshops on a not-for-profit basis;
 individual strengths”                        activities that also provide skills          Contact
                                              training.                                    Erwin Wennekes or Catherine Hollis
    Founded 50 years ago, Botton Village                                                   Camphill Village Trust
 has demonstrated a long track record            The Panel was impressed by the            Botton Village,
 of working to realise the potential of       dedication to the ethos of                   Danby, Whitby,
 all residents through living and working     sustainability and mutual respect            North Yorks YO21 2NJ
 together in a largely self-sustaining        shown by those involved in Botton            Tel 01287 661 320 / 661 202
 environment. The community’s culture         Village. The Panel considers that this       Email erwin.botton@camphill.org.uk or
 focuses on tolerance, respect and            model offers both lessons and                      chollis_botton@yahoo.co.uk
 developing individual strengths.             inspiration to the endeavour to create



 Special Recognition Parson’s Croft, Parwich, Derbyshire


 P
       arwich is a village of 520 people in      Money from the sale of the site has
       the Peak District National Park in     been used to upgrade the school, thus
       Derbyshire. The village’s strategic    helping the viability of this school into
 challenge was social sustainability.         the future. Experience has shown that
 Dramatic rises in the housing market saw     once a village school is lost to a
 the growth of holiday homes, second          community then the tipping point of
 homes and commuter homes whilst              social sustainability moves in favour of
 Right to Buy had decimated the stock of      affluent incomers including holiday and
 affordable rental homes for local people.    second home owners and a significantly
 Both these factors were affecting the        older age profile.
 viability of village services.
                                                  Parwich’s solution is an excellent and
    This project, conceived and led by the    elegant, albeit small scale, example of
 Village Action Group, has been delivered     sustainable development in action. And
 through partnership working with             it is for this solution to their most
 Derbyshire Dales District Council, Peak      pressing community need that they
 District National Park Authority and         deserve recognition. It is fantastic that
 Nottingham Community Housing                 the community itself initiated this
 Association. Parson’s Croft is a             development when in fact it is rather
 development of three 3-bed family            more common place that such                  Contact
 homes for rent on the brownfield site of     development is imposed upon                  Debs Ramsden
 a disused school house. This is now          communities. The Action Group is aware       Nottingham Community Housing Association
 allowing local people with young             that this development can, and must          Sherwood Rise
 families to stay within their community      only be, the first significant step in a     Nottingham NG5 1AP
 (tenants must have been resident in          continuing effort to invest in the social    Tel 0115 993 3805
 Parwich for 10 years to qualify).            sustainability of Parwich.                   Email debs.ramsden@ncha.org.uk

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     Special Recognition East Oxford Action



     East         Oxford Action (EOA) is an
                  example of a Single
     Regeneration Budget (SRB) partnership
                                                     Company, EOA is also negotiating the
                                                     construction of a £4 million enterprise
                                                     centre to meet non-retail business needs.
     which has survived the transition into a          The Panel believes that EOA has
     social enterprise.
        EOA operates in two deprived wards
     in Oxford that, while not far removed
                                                    “Cowley Road Matters is
     physically from the ‘dreaming spires,’ are
                                                     turning a ‘drive through’
     culturally far more diverse and                 community into a thriving,
     economically disadvantaged than their
     more famous neighbours.                         multi-cultural alternative
        EOA comprises a wide variety of
     projects in the Cowley Road area of the
                                                     centre within the city          ”
     city, which include business support            become far more than simply the sum of
     schemes, consultancy work, the annual           its projects; it has used the lessons
     carnival and environmental projects. It         learned as an SRB programme and has
     continues to support projects that range        continued an effective dialogue between
     from role swaps – e.g. bus drivers and          Cowley Road’s businesses, residents and
     cyclists – aimed at resolving road traffic      service providers. The Cowley Road
     conflicts, to the prevention of business        Matters programme in particular is an           Contact
     closures through provision of food              exemplar for community involvement,             Zoe Brooks
     hygiene training for retailers and              feeding into a partnership with the City        East Oxford Action
     negotiating between statutory agencies          Council, County Council, contractors and        SS Mary and John Hall, Cowley Road
     and businesses against which                    the Department for Trade to turn a ‘drive       Oxford OX4 1UR
     enforcement actions have been brought.          through’ community into a thriving, multi-      Tel 01865 203 367
     In partnership with The Ethical Property        cultural alternative centre within the city.    Email zoe@eastoxford.com


     Special Recognition Invermead Close, Hammersmith



     Q
               ueen Charlotte’s Maternity            involved in this project worked together
               Hospital was a cherished facility     for a long time to meet the objectives
               which had outgrown its useful         of all parties. The Council was
     life. Hammersmith Hospital Trust owned          instrumental in bringing key parties
     the site and it was a priority for the Trust    together including; Hammersmith
     and the local authority to ensure that          Hospital Trust, Crest Nicholson, Acton
     any redevelopment created sufficient            Housing Association (HA), African
     value to re-provide a modern maternity          Refugee Housing Action Group, Care UK,
     facility at an alternative location in the      Hanover HA, Innisfree HA, the Housing
     Borough.                                        Corporation and the Primary Care Trust
        The site, now named Invermead Close,         (PCT) to make this development a
     has been sensitively redeveloped to             success. The community strongly
     provide 234 new dwellings. 144 of these         influenced the planning application and
     are for social rent, shared ownership and
     key workers of the Trust whilst 58 have
                                                     there was also input from different
                                                     sections of the local authority and the
                                                                                                    “Invermead Close has been
     been offered on the open market.                PCT to identify and meet particular             sensitively redeveloped”
        The project has also included the            requirements of the older community
     refurbishment and conversion of a listed        and the Irish and African refugee
     building into residential use, the              communities for example.                        Contact
     development of a 32-unit extra care                The Panel considered that the breadth        Ian Ruegg
     sheltered scheme providing independent          and depth of consultation implemented           London Borough of Hammersmith and
     living for the frail elderly and a              at the start of this scheme is                  Fulham
     community health centre, which                  outstanding and should be recognised. It        Town Hall, King Street
     currently serves 7,000-plus people              was also impressed by the mix of                Hammersmith
     within the development and the wider            housing tenure as well as the inability to      London W6 9JU
     community.                                      distinguish visually between different          Tel 020 8753 1722
        There is evidence that all those             tenures.                                        Email ian.ruegg@lbhf.gov.uk

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 Special Recognition Parkfield & Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Project




 P
       arkfield and Mill Lane in Stockton-    respect across the community.
       on-Tees fall within the top 3% of         The Neighbourhood Management
       most deprived areas of the country.    project has a budget of £3.4 million over
 In 2002 the area was chosen as a             seven years and despite having only been
 pathfinder for Neighbourhood                 running for three years when assessed by
 Management, a national initiative            members of the panel, has demonstrated
 working with communities and service         strong success in several key areas.
 providers to involve residents in            Reported domestic burglary has fallen by
 regenerating the areas in which they live    27%, fire-related crimes have been
 through better use of existing funds and     substantially reduced (deliberate vehicle
 services.                                    fires by 57%, deliberate dwelling fires by
    18% of Parkfield and Mill Lane            65%) and comparative studies on
 residents are from Black and Minority        resident satisfaction indicate that           governance, cultural tolerance and
 Ethnic (BME) groups with the majority of     previously 75% wanted to leave the area       constructive, inclusive collaboration is
 these being Muslim. Tolerance of and         but now 60% are happy there. By               already normalising the area and it is
 respect for a diversity of cultures and      working with its partners, particularly       hoped that the next steps, such as new
 beliefs are core to the ethos of the         Stockton Borough Council, the                 housing developments, will significantly
 community-led management board, with         Pathfinder has levered in over £9 million     raise living standards for residents.
 four places specific to the BME              of funding to kick-start housing market
 community and others dedicated to            renewal in the locality.
 young people. The core areas being              The Panel found this Pathfinder            Contact
 addressed under the initiative are crime     project to be a remarkable example of         Janet Tonge
 prevention, improved health, leisure,        community engagement. Concerted               Parkfield & Mill Lane NMP
 education, and tackling housing and          action by local people, in partnership        Caretakers House, Richardson Road
 environmental issues. This involves          with statutory authorities and funding        Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3PJ
 substantial physical redevelopment           agencies, is effectively addressing serious   Tel 01642 528 337
 alongside the engendering of a culture of    anti-social behaviour. Imaginative local      Email janet.tonge@stockton.gov.uk



 Special Recognition Regen School, Sheffield


 “It’s      been fantastic. It’s been
            extremely useful because we
 were all new to volunteering and
                                              since 2001 and is based on the simple
                                              premise that regeneration practitioners
                                              learn best from their more experienced
 projects. Regen School showed us what        peers. Pairs of students from a project
 it entailed and gave us both the             (for mutual support) commit to 20 days
 confidence and skills”. Jane Holmes of       of learning including four days
 Friends of the Green is just one of over a   structured support from an experienced
 thousand ‘regeneration apprentices’ who      mentor and ten days of workshops on a
 have benefited from the Sheffield-based      range of practical subjects, all built
 Regen School Toolkit for Regeneration.       around a personal six month action plan
                                              to take the project forward.
“We learned things we                            Building on this success, the School
                                              has now responded to student feedback
 wouldn’t have learned                        and developed courses on women into
 elsewhere.      ”                            management, successful
                                              communications and sustainable
 As a result of her involvement, together     enterprise.                                   Contact
 with colleague Brendan McNamara,                The Panel was greatly impressed by         Stuart Thomason
 Friends of the Green - a new community       the work of Regen School in delivering        Regen School
 organisation stimulated by the Channel       practice-based, practitioner-led training     Suite 29, The Quadrant
 Four Pride of Place in Castleford project    in skills for sustainable communities.        99 Parkway Avenue
 – has secured over £300,000 for the             The last word should go to Brendan:        Sheffield S9 4WG
 transformation of a run-down park on         “Regen School was very useful and our         Tel 0845 055 6633
 the Ferry Fryston estate.                    mentor was brilliant. We learned things       Email info@regenschool.com
    Regen School has been operational         we wouldn’t have learned elsewhere.”

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     Sunlight on a Rainy Day
     The Awards Panel was bowled over by the shining examples of multi-use community centres that panel members visited. Here is
     work of extraordinary quality in buildings that radiate community-focused energy, but are working hard to reduce wastage and
     environmental impact. These centres serve and are owned by some of the poorest communities in England yet they have a wealth
     of experience and a remarkable underlying knowledge of just what it takes to serve and engage people.




     Special Recognition Phoenix Centre, Sutton


     This         centre has been created
                  within the wider context of
     the regeneration of the Roundshaw
                                                    accessible and there are targeted
                                                    services and sports sessions for people
                                                    with learning and physical disabilities,
     Estate, made infamous by appearing in          girls, young women and older people.
     endless episodes of The Bill. Resident            The centre draws people onto the
     surveys now show satisfaction rising –         estate from the wider locality,
     many people now make Roundshaw                 improving integration with the wider
     their first choice of a place to live          community. Relations between police
     instead of their last.                         and public are much improved now
        The Phoenix Centre boasts an                that officers are on site and in regular
     impressive array of facilities and             contact through surgeries as well as in
     activities, which have been used               response to any emergency.                 Contact
     beyond expectations. Its facilities               The very act of regeneration seems      Malcolm Barker
     include a sports hall, fitness gym,            to have brought this community closer      London Borough of Sutton
     library, youth zone, IT suite, community       together. Residents testify to the new     1 Hermes Way
     café, local access point, crèche and           neighbourliness. It is obvious that the    Wallington
     neighbourhood police base. The                 estate has a strong sense of place,        Surrey SM6 9EL
     Phoenix Centre targets excluded groups         much of it focused around the Phoenix      Tel 020 8254 9019
     to draw them into learning, sport and          Centre, and all those the Panel spoke      Email malcolm.barker@sutton.gov.uk
     healthy living. Facilities are affordable,     to were very proud.



     Special Recognition Severn Centre, Highley, Shropshire


     The          Severn Centre, opened in
                  September 2004, is an
     impressive community resource with a
                                                    to minimise environmental impact and
                                                    includes low energy fittings and
                                                    intelligent control systems. Rainwater
     multi-use building and outdoors sports         run-off is captured to irrigate the
     and play facilities in a former mining         bowling green and a 60-panel solar hot-
     village. The project was led by                water heating system heats the water in
     Bridgnorth District Council working with       the outdoor swimming pool.
     the Highley Project Group; a dedicated            The Centre brings together many
     band of community leaders. Highley is          different services and facilities under
     the most deprived neighbourhood in the         one roof. Existing services have been
     District, with a population of 3,300, over     improved and new services and
     half of whom are already members of            opportunities are developed holistically
     the Severn Centre.                             within the Centre. For example, the        may not directly include housing but it is
        This project has everything: sports and     childcare suite provides wrap-around       helping to turn Highley into somewhere
     leisure facilities, swimming pools, police     day-care during the week and links to      people want to live.”
     station, library, childcare suite,             the nearby primary school by walking
     broadband IT centre, for adults and            bus. The enhanced childcare enables
     children, pre-school/nursery, social           parents and carers to take part in other
     facilities. It is community driven from        activities within the Centre such as       Contact
     concept to reality and is financially          training and sport, as well as enabling    Ben Walker
     sustainable in a well designed building.       them to take full or part-time jobs.       Bridgnorth District Council
        The Centre, which is now run by a              One Panel member commented: “This       Westgate
     charitable trust, cost £3.5 million to build   Centre is excellent. It is turning the     Bridgnorth
     and equip. Visually, the building has a        village round and giving very              Shropshire WV16 5AA
     dramatic wave-form roof, echoing the           disadvantaged people great                 Tel 01746 713 246
     nearby Shropshire hills. The design of the     opportunities. It is the strongest         Email bwalker@bridgnorth-dc.gov.uk
     heating and lighting systems was chosen        community-driven project I’ve seen. It

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Special Recognition Sunlight Development Trust, Gillingham



S
      unlight is an experience that defies        The building itself was an old laundry,
      categorisation. From one point of        derelict and deteriorating in a landscape
      view it’s a surgery and health centre    of small terraces devastated since the
with a pharmacy, loads of service              1980s by the loss of Medway’s industrial
providers and a healthy food café              livelihood. Following a design
running fruit and veg box schemes. From        competition and extensive community
another it’s a large open-access               consultation, the new build took its
community resource, hang-out joint, with       architectural line from the laundry to
IT suite, a multi-purpose hall, state of the   create a bright, warm and modern
art music studio and community radio           building.
station. Beyond the building, the Sunlight        Led by a voluntary sector organisation,
Development Trust also operates an             Sunlight has developed innovative
outreach programme in eight further            partnerships including a strong
distinct communities.                          collaboration with the Primary Care Trust
   All Sunlight’s projects are informed by     and other partners. This is an excellent
community participation and a strong           example of four-way working between             In addition the Trust has been a
understanding of community needs built         health, local government,                    beacon to other communities by
up over time invested in a community           voluntary/community groups and               disseminating its lessons and experience
development approach, including training       individual residents to break the cycles     throughout the country. Its advice on
local people to lead consultation. A           of deprivation and health inequality. The    running a community café, for example,
sense of health way beyond the                 centre is providing accessible primary       was so much in demand that it now runs
traditional is embedded in everything          care and real opportunities in an area       courses on the subject.
they do. They have a holistic and very         where people were previously forced
diverse approach to meeting needs from         into ill-health due to the lack of service
youth-led football training to a               infrastructure. They work to meet needs,
Bangladeshi women's sewing group and           increase confidence, build trust and         Contact
they work hard at deconstructing barriers      develop skills.                              Neil Grayshon
to participation. In the year 2004-05             The elected board, chaired by a local     Sunlight Development Trust
Sunlight delivered services to 22,000          resident, includes strong local              105 Richmond Road
beneficiaries. The Trust directly employs      representation. The leadership is            Gillingham
26 local workers and a further 58 people       passionate and committed to learning         Kent ME7 1LX
are employed by its partners sharing the       from experience. Sunlight has a proven       Tel 01634 338 600
building. Nearly 100 volunteers actively       track record of joined-up service            Email neil@sunlighttrust.org.uk
participate in service delivery.               delivery and accessible governance.


Special Recognition UCAN Centre, Bolton


The         UCAN Centres focus on
            capacity building and support
for communities and individuals to play
                                               supported in dealing with their own
                                               specific neighbourhood and social
                                               exclusion issues. The UCAN services
their full role in influencing the standard    were pivotal in Bolton Council’s
and quality of their environment. The          achievement of Beacon Status for its
success of the original UCAN Centre in         work around housing renewal in the
Bolton has led to further centres being        private sector.
opened. The centre identifies changing            The centres are the focus of many
needs through “giving all residents a          individual environmental projects from
listening ear on a daily basis” and            community clean-ups to encouraging
through partnership working with local         reporting of environmental problems.         chance for residents to give something
organisations. By helping local people to      They also provide a wide range of            to support their community at the level
express their concerns and work through        employment and learning opportunities        they choose.
solutions, the centre involves residents       and are used by other agencies such as
in making decisions about their area and       health visiting teams, careers advice        Contact
influencing the delivery of services by        services and youth projects. Information,    Marie Settle
mainstream providers, externally-funded        advice, sign-posting and referrals are       Bolton at Home
projects, other partners and the               made easier by close partnership work.       Urban Care and Neighbourhood Centre
activities of UCAN itself.                        UCAN centres are multi-functional         Hatfield Road
   The first centre, opened in 2000, has       and are designed to be informal and          Bolton BL1 3BU
assisted 90 people towards employment          friendly. They serve the whole               Tel 01204 335 377
and given learning support to over 160.        community, recognising that everyone         Email marie.settle@boltonathome.org.uk
Hundreds of residents have been                has a unique part to play and offering a

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The Office of the Deputy Prime             service. It also takes responsibility for
Minister was created in May 2002. The      the Social Exclusion Unit, the
ODPM's aim is to create prosperous,        Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and the          Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
inclusive and sustainable communities      Government Offices for the Regions.         Eland House
for the 21st century, places where           The ODPM works across                     Bressenden Place
people want to live and that promote       government - ensuring that                  London SW1E 5DU
opportunity and a better quality of life   Departments work together to deliver
for all.                                   thriving, inclusive, sustainable            Tel 020 7944 3000
   It is responsible for policy on         communities - creating better places -      Website www.odpm.gov.uk
housing, planning, devolution, regional    and achieving a better quality of life      Email scdu@odpm.gsi.gov.uk or
and local government and the fire          for all.                                    awards@odpm.gsi.gov.uk




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