14 November 2013 Nearly 40 UCL students (mainly from the Bartlett School of Planning) have signed up to do volunteer work this year with community organisations in London planning, in collaboration with the Just Space network. Issues include neighbourhood planning in various localities from Church Road Brent to Canning Town Newham / work on borough local plans at Greenwich and Hillingdon / to London-wide issues preparing for the build-up to the GLA’s next London Plan, expected to be out for consultation in January 2014, supporting the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit and developing the use of waterways for freight.
During the academic year 2012/13 the Bartlett School of Planning brought its experience of cooperation with community groups in London closer to the mainstream of teaching and research. About 40 students, ranging from undergraduates to PhD students, took on assignments in support of community, neighbourhood and London-wide organisations. The work related to all three levels of London planning: the London Plan covering the whole GLA area, Borough plans and the new Neighbourhood Planning activities recently extended through the Localism Act. A detailed report of the year’s work is available here.
We have prepared a document (“Protocol”) designed to help students, staff and action groups to get the most out of these collaborations and avoid the pitfalls. Do read this if you are thinking of taking part. http://justspace2010.wordpress.com/welcome-to-just-space/about-2/research-protocol
Student reports (prepared as part of Masters module urbng007)
Copyright lies with the author in each case. Do not quote without permission. Contact via m.edwards [at ] ucl.ac.uk or via the directory on the UCL homepage. PDF downloads.
• Skills and expertise needed by Neighbourhood Forums (interviews with
King’s Cross, Bankside, Somers Town) Caroline Stone
Caroline Stone Specialist support for NP
• Crossrail and local economic development (Ealing) Evangelos Pitidis
Evangelos Pitidis Crossrail Ealing
• Climate Change Strategies (London Friends of the Earth and Harrow) Katarine Despot Belmonte
Katarine Despot Belmonte Climate Change
• Social impact of mega transport projects (Spitalfields 1989, Whitechapel
2007) Alice Morterol
Alice Morterol Mega transport projects
The Antinomies of Neighbourhood Planning, Francesca Guarascio
Francesca Guarascio Neighbourhood Planning
Air quality neutral Kendyl Crawford
Kendyl Crawford Air Quality
Social infrastructure and CIL (Newham Tenants Union) Charlotte Rauchle
Charlotte Rauchle CIL
Allocation of housing sites through SHLAA (impact on gypsies and
travelers) Michael Westbrook
Michael Westbrook SHLAA
Pubs as Assets of Community Value (Grove Park, Lewisham and Ivy
House, Southwark) Fabien Cante
Fabien Cante Localism at the pub Sept
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The UCL course Community participation in City strategies starts again in January 2013 and a revised plan is now available here.Community Participation in City Strategies 201213
If you wish to join the module please get in touch at the earliest opportunity.
Students of UCL – mainly from the School of Planning – continue to work with neighbourhood groups across London, supporting their activities with research, mapping, surveys and in making sense of the planning system – including the new “Neighbourhood Plans” introduced by the Localism Act 2011.
A meeting for students interested in joining this initiative in 2012/13 is taking place at 1430h on Wednesday 7th November in Wates House 517b. If you would have liked to take part but can’t manage that time—it’s reading week—please get in touch with Michael Edwards because another meting will take place in the following weeks.
A taught module for UCL Masters Students Community Participation in City Strategies, led by Michael Edwards, Jennifer Robinson and Richard Lee, starts in January 2013. This module stared in 2012 with a ‘dissemination’ grant from the UCL Public Engagement Unit which supported earlier work on the London Plan, and is now supported by UCL Geography and UCL Bartlett Planning. Students from all parts of UCL are welcome and members of external community groups can arrange to join the course too.
People interested in participation processes are urged to attend at least part of the forthcoming public hearings (“Examination in Public”) at City Hall which will debate the Mayor’s latest proposed changes to the London Plan – including a major reduction in emphasis on social housing. Hearings are Monday 19 November from 1000h; Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 November from 0930h. http://www.london.gov.uk/london-plan-eip
UCL continues its work with the Just Space Network and the following activities are under way.
1. A taught module for UCL Masters Students Community Participation in City Strategies led by Michael Edwards, Jennifer Robinson and Richard Lee. This benefits from a ‘dissemination’ grant from the UCL Public Engagement Unit which supported earlier work on the London Plan.
2. Preparations for some public seminars in collaboration with King’s, other London universities and the JS Network – about alternative strategies for London planning. Details shortly.
3. With the (non-financial) support of DCLG, the Bartlett School of Planning is making contacts via the Just Space Network to help students who want to offer voluntary help and support to community groups in or near London on neighbourhood planning. Interested students or recent graduates should contact Michael Edwards at the Bartlett. The Just Space Network Protocol on university/community cooperation is being used to guide this work.
Our two years of work supporting the Just Space Network and its member groups in pushing for changes to the London Plan is now drawing to a close – a close in which we
* sum up what has been achieved (a lot in some ways: it is a major landmark in popular participation in metropolitan plan-making)
* consider strategies for the future
* set a stronger course for the future of university / action-group collaboration.
To this end we held a conference on 9 June, led by community groups with some academics and students coming from across London to respond and to help think how research and teaching agendas can be changed. More details and results are now at http://justspace2010.wordpress.com
The universities involved now include Birkbeck, King’s, Westminster… and a series of further initiatives are in the pipeline
- a new postgraduate module in UCL starting in January 2012
- a series of seminars starting October on alternatives for London
- a ‘protocol’ on how to get the best out of university/comunity cooperaton
A proposal has been approved for a new masters-level module Community Participation in City Strategies to be offered in 2011/12, in the January term, based in UCL Geography, and with the input of Prof Jennifer Robinson, Michael Edwards (Bartlett) and Richard Lee (Just Space Network). Alongside it an application for 2 years of funding support (to resource the community group inputs) from UCL’s Teaching Innovation Fund failed so we are continuing to search for financial support to resource the community inputs properly. Read the rest of this entry »
After a very strenuous summer in which Just Space Network and its member organisations took part in many of the 30 days of hearings on the new Draft Replacement London Plan, we are now trying to crystallise our records and memories. Some UCL students are helping by generating texts from the audio record of proceedings and finally on 10 November we have some files to listen to… The story continues (to avoid duplication) on the Just Space Network web site. [ Switch to that here ] Read the rest of this entry »