Community Planning: About this site
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pontefract Event

Community Planning Event in Pontefract, Yorkshire, UK, 2003
The five-day event was organised by Castleford and Pontefract Renaissance to generate a vision for the five towns of Castleford, Featherstone, Knottingly, Normanton and Pontefract.

Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment. This website is an essential starting point for everyone concerned. It provides easily accessible how-to-do-it best practice information of international scope and relevance.

How the site is structured and how to use it.

The main sections of the site are accessed from the menu down the left hand side of the screen. Material within sections is listed alphabetically wherever possible.

About this Site
Explains what makes the site work and who is involved.

About Community Planning
Provides general introductory material about the subject and how to get started.

Sets out universal principles which tend to apply to any community planning activity.

A Methods A-Z provides summaries of all the main methods for helping people get involved in physical planning and design, with links to further information on this and other sites. Featured methods covers in detail a selection of the most effective methods. The purpose and main features of each is summarised on the opening page with checklists, sample formats, costs and photographs in separate tabs. Further information links are provided in a scroll down menu at the bottom.

Shows how a number of methods can be combined in an overall strategy. A range of scenarios cover some common development situations. The opening page provides a summary of the scenario with a detailed activity sequence and timeline in a second tab. Further and related information can be accessed from menus at the bottom of the page.

Case Studies
Examples of community planning in action. Real people, real places, real results. Contains a selection of detailed case studies and links to case study collections elsewhere on the internet.

Policy & Law
A summary of policy and legislation on community planning in different countries and in international agreements.

Contains checklists, forms and timetables which may save you time. They can be viewed on screen and downloaded so they can be adapted for your own use.

Consultants A-Z
Private consultants who can provide support.

Contacts A-Z
Organisations providing further information and support.

Funding A-Z
Funding mechanisms and sources of funding.

Glossary A-Z
Explains common terms and provides cross-references. This can very productively be used as an index to the site and to the subject.

Oportunities A-Z
Things communities can do to make neighbourhoods better to live in and more sustainable (particularly, produce less carbon emissions): projects; programmes; initiatives. Intended as a checklist to stimulate creative planning. Entries are brief summaries of actions which communities can take and provide links to more detailed information or examples.

Projects A-Z
Listing of real community planning projects and events with links to further information.

Publications and film A-Z
Useful publications and films. Includes historical classics and up to date guidance.

Training A-Z
Programmes of training available.

Websites A-Z
Some of the most useful websites.

Building Community
Direct access to the Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning, England, programme.

Special features
A section devoted to special coverage of issues of current and historical interest. Includes access to features on Neighbourhood Planning and Low Carbon Communities in England.

Videos and Slide Shows
View some of the best community planning videos from YouTube and slide shows from Slideshare.

What's new
Find out about the latest site developments.

Contact us
How to get in touch

Download logos and posters and see web statistics summaries.

Makes it easy for you to help us build and improve this website. There are also feedback templates in many sections of the website for providing specific data.

And don't forget the Site search facility in the top right hand corner. Type in a word or phrase and see what comes up.

Site funding policy

Free access

It has been decided to make all the material on the site available to all internet users free of charge. There are no fees for accessing or downloading anything from this site. This means that the considerable costs of maintaining and developing the site have to be met in other ways.

Core sponsors

Whenever possible, additions and amendments to the site will be made using development funding from Core Sponsors (see Credits and Thanks). In exchange for development funding can offer:
  • Editorial partnership in determining new content
  • Prominent acknowledgement on the home page, in Credits and Thanks and at the foot of relevant pages
  • Preferential rates for display material in the third column
Content sponsors

Organisations and individuals may sponsor specific pages or additions to the site. can offer:
  • Consultation on new content before it goes live
  • Appropriate acknowledgement in Credits and Thanks and at the foot of relevant pages
  • Preferential rates for display material in the third column
A price guide is provided below for standard items but a written quotation will be provided and approval secured before work commences.


The third column provides exciting and varied opportunities for display advertisements incorporating graphics, photographs, film and click-throughs to other websites, within a structured design format. can offer:
  • a full graphic design service for advertisers or the supply of style sheets, rates and traffic data
  • Appropriate acknowledgement in Credits and Thanks
  • Special introductory rates
For more details please see the advertising tab on the Marketing page.

Content Listing fees

Where funding from other sources is not available, those requesting amendments or additions will be charged a fee to cover the cost of the work. A written quotation will be provided and approval secured before work commences.

Price guide:

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Case studies - on site  
Case studies - on other sites  
Publications and films  
Videos and slideshows  

Prices applicable for 2015

This chart provides standard prices for taking material from the submission forms and having it live on site (for a minimum of two years). This includes:
  • Communication with the submitter;
  • Editing;
  • Graphic and web design;
  • Making amendments.
Prices may be adjusted depending on the complexity and quality of the material.

Quotations for compiling special features or other material not listed above can be provided on request.

Copyright policy
  1. The copyright on the compilation that comprises the Community Planning Website is held by Nick Wates or Nick Wates Associates. The copyright on all text and photographs on this site is held by Nick Wates or Nick Wates Associates except where specifically stated or as set out below.

  2. It is the intention during 2007/08 to create an independent body comprising stakeholder interests which will also hold rights to the material in the long term.

  3. Material submitted is assumed to be copyright free except where specifically stated.

  4. Nick Wates and the new independent body mentioned above shall have the right to use material submitted on The Community Planning Website and in any related publicity or publication unless otherwise agreed.

  5. Those submitting material will also have rights to use the material they submitted as edited on the website for their own purposes.

  6. Photograph credits and copyright information are (or will be) provided alongside each photograph on the site. Photographs not otherwise identified are copyright Nick Wates. Please notify us of any errors.

  7. It is assumed that those submitting photographs have cleared all relevant permissions or have supplied information about copyright.

  8. Most of the photographs on this site are of people taking part in public or semi-public community planning activities of various kinds. Those featured were generally aware that photographs were being taken and in some cases have specifically given their permission. But if anyone is unhappy with appearing in a photo on this site, please send an email identifying the photo and yourself. The photo will then be cropped or removed.

Website credits and thanks

Core team

Nick Wates Associates Limited, UK

Managing Director and Site Editor:
Nick Wates

Design and Production:
Keith Gillies

Technical Editor:
Rowena Rouse

Advisor on neighbourhood planning and low carbon communities:
Professor Mike Gibson

Dr. Ayşe Gökşin
Development and Technical Consultants, 2011:
Green IT Company

Development and Technical Consultants, 2008:

Development and Technical Consultants, 2008:
Lathyrus Limited, UK

Sponsorship and Marketing support:
Myvenues Limited, UK

Ebusiness support:
Ebiz Centre, Hastings, UK

Database implementation 2005-06:
Chris Allen, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

Initial site construction, 2001 Intermediate Technology Development Group -

Initial site construction, 2001
Resource for Urban Design Information

Initial site construction assistance, 2001
Denis Brunel and Anthony Thomas, Oxford Brookes University

Initial site construction Steering Group, 2001
Ilias Dirie, Nick Hall, Lucky Lowe, Michael Mutter, Ian Roberts, Theo Schilderman

Steering group members 2008

Steering group members 2008

Harriet Baldwin,
English Partnerships

Ruth Marshall:
Planning Directorate, CLG
Rosie Milner:
Empowerment Division, CLG
Mike Salmon:
Housing Division, CLG
Louise Waring,
Planning Directorate, CLG

Core funders

Building Community Consortium
Funding for development, 2011

Academy for Sustainable Development

Support for adding content, marketing and format refinements, 2006-07

Communities and Local Government Funding for development, 2008
Funding for development, 2011

Department for International Development
Funding for initial site construction, 2001

Royal Town Planning Institute
Funding for updating and maintenance 2004-08

Content sponsors

Department for International Development
Making Planning Work special feature, 2006

English Partnerships
Case studies, 2006 - 2008

The Environment Agency Community Resilience section, 2015

apango logotcpainterreg logo

European Union Interreg IIIB Funding Programme
APaNGO project special feature, 2007

The Prince’s Foundation
Material on Enquiry by Design
Princes Foundation logo

Royal Town Planning Institute. UK
Case studies and Making Planning Work special feature, 2006

Town & Country Planning Association
APaNGO project special feature, 2007

Content contributors

The British Urban Regeneration Association(BURA)
Case study on Bristol Reinvigorate, 2008

Case study on Aylesham, 2006

The Eden Project
Case study on the Eden Project, 2011

Glass-House Community Led Design, UK
Case study on The Gateway, 2006

Kelvin MacDonald FRTPI FRSA
Strategic Policy Consultant
Housing UK planning policy and housing policy; Policy & Law United Kingdom entry; Scenarios on local plan production and regional plan production; 2008

Case study on Hudlow Community pub, 2011

Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE)
Case study on youth space, 2006

John Thompson & Partners
Case study on Caterham Barracks, 2008

Planning Aid
Case studies (several)

Von Zadow GmbH, Germany
Case study on Luebeck, Germany, 2007



(to be added in due course)
Handbook credits and thanks

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The Community Planning HandbookThe Community Planning Handbook
How people can shape their cities, towns and villages in any part of the world.

Compiler and Editor: Nick Wates.

Design and production: Jeremy Brook, Graphic Ideas, Hastings.

First published in the UK in 2000 by
Earthscan Publications Ltd.

In association with:
The Urban Design Group;
The Prince¹s Foundation;
South Bank University, London.

With the generous support of:
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, England;
Department for International Development, UK;
European Commission Humanitarian Office.

Advisory Group: Roger Bellers, John Billingham, Roger Evans, Nick Hall, Birgit Laue, Arnold Linden, Jenneth Parker, David Lunts, Michael Mutter, Renate Ruether-Greaves, Jon Rowland, Ros Tennyson, John Thompson, John F C Turner.

Copyright © Nick Wates, 2000.

All rights reserved.

ISBN: 1 85383 654 0.

book credits

This handbook is the product of three related initiatives:

Tools for Community Design Programme
Supported by The Prince¹s Foundation (and formerly The Prince of Wales¹s Institute of Architecture), this initiative promotes good practice through the production of high quality, uiversally applicable, how-to-do-it information using participatory editing techniques.

Urban Design Group Public Participation Programme (UDGPPP)
Funded by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) for England, this action research programme assisted and evaluated 12 public participation events and 10 seminars in England during 1996 and 1997 to establish good practice principles.

Action Planning in Developing Countries Research Project
Funded by the UK¹s Department for International Development (DFID), this project examined practice in countries in many parts of the world during 1998 and 1999 to establish methods most appropriate for developing

The book has benefited from close collaboration with other related initiatives. These include:

Community-based Disaster Mitigation
A research project funded by the European Community and based at London¹s South Bank University.

Tools for Community Regeneration
A project to develop a database of community regeneration based at Hastings Trust, UK. contributors listing

Many people helped with the work. Special thanks are due to all those who sent in material, participated in editing workshops, provided inspiration or commented on drafts. They include:

Jon Aldenton
Anthea Atha
Debbie Bartlett
Stephen Batey
Roger Bellers
Dianah Bennett
John Billingham
Jeff Bishop
Peter Blake
Jeremy Brook
Charles Campion
Jeremy Caulton
June Cannon
Emma Collier
Tony Costello
Robert Cowan
Simon Croxton
Robin Deane
James Derounian
Stephanie Donaldson
Roger Evans
Yanaka Gakko
Flora Gathorne-Hardy
Joanna Gent
Christine Goldschmidt
Suzanne Gorman
Andrew Goldring
Peter Greenhalf
Virginia Griffin
Felicity Gu
Susan Guy
Rod Hackney
Nick Hall
Nabeel Hamdi
Brian Hanson
Lorraine Hart
Yasuyoshi Hayashi
Michael Hebbert
Mandy Heslop
David Hughes
Paul Jenkins
Richard John
Sam Jones-Hill
Ripin Kalra
Joan Kean
Sonia Khan
Sally King
Charles Knevitt
Anne Kramer
Alison Lammas
Birgit Laue
Akan Leander
David Lewis
Julie Lewis

Arnold Linden
Melanie Louise
David Lunts
Caroline Lwin
Frances MacDermott
Lee Mallett
Tony Meadows
Jo McCaren
Nim Moorthy
Babar Mumtaz
Michael Mutter
Mary Myers
Jenneth Parker
Michael Parkes
Geoffrey Payne
Alan Plattus
Jules Pretty
Richard Pullen
Debbie Radcliffe
Renate Ruether-Greaves
Peter Richards
Alex Rook
Jon Rowland
David Sanderson
Henry Sanoff
Yoshimitsu Shiozaki
Romy Shovelton
Jack Sidener
Jonathan Sinclair Wilson
Miriam Solly
Steve Smith
Ian Taylor
Ros Tennyson
Simon Thomas
John Thompson
Stephen Thwaites
Catherine Tranmer
Susie Turnbull
John F C Turner
John Twigg
Pat Wakely
Perry Walker
Diane Warburton
Colin Ward
Margaret Wilkinson
Diane Warburton
Mae Wates
Max Wates
Dick Watson
Nicholas Wilkinson
Adele Wilter
Julie Witham
John Worthington
Charles Zucker

Organisations which have provided assistance include:
Architecture Foundation
Ball State University
Building Design
Centre for Community Visions
Centre for Disaster Preparedness
Countryside Commission
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
Free Form Arts Trust
Hackney Building Exploratory
Hertfordshire County Council
Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation
Planning Aid UK
Roger Evans Associates

Apologies for any omissions.

book evolution

The production of this book has been guided by the belief that participatory editing and testing of good practice guidance is one of the most effective ways of achieving widespread improvement of practice and knowledge transfer.

The process adopted has been as follows:

  1. Title and format
    Overall concept established by the author, designer and supporting organisations.
  2. Publicity
    Call for information leaflet distributed widely.
  3. Pilot projects, seminars and research
    Monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects, participation in seminars and workshops, desk research.
  4. Sample material published
    Ten methods and four scenarios published in Urban Design Quarterly, July 1998. Over 1,000 copies distributed. Also available on Urban Design Group web site.
  5. Editing workshops
    Held at the South Bank University in London, November 1998, and in the Philippines, January 1999.
  6. Consultation draft
    Circulated to over 60 practitioners. Over 35 responses received.
  7. Final draft
    Circulated to main supporting organisations and advisors.

Feedback received at each stage has been invaluable in developing the book, although the editor takes full responsibility for all views expressed.

It is planned to continue the process with further editions, translations and adaptations tailored to specific local contexts.

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If you would like to be a champion please email the site editor.

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book endorsements

‘A very clear, well organized and extremely useful book for those who are or who ought to be promoting democratic participation in shaping the future of our communities. In addition to prudent principles, a well researched overview of methods and good examples of specific tools, the Scenarios section demonstrates how the various methods described can be mixed and matched to meet the unique circumstances found in any community. With its emphasis on flexibility and adaptation in the face of experience, this is a book that I will recommend to clients and colleagues alike'

J Gary Lawrence, President, Sustainable Strategies & Solutions, Inc, Seattle, Washington, USA
‘In the global, cyberspace age, government and business need communities as much as communities need them. Nick Wates' timely book is essential reading for ordinary people and professionals who believe that the opportunities being thrown up by this new balance are there for the taking'

Mark Hepworth, Director, The Local Futures Group, London, UK
'This is the best practical guide to running a community planning event, and a must for community groups and councils both in the UK and abroad'

Roger Evans, Chairman, Urban Design Group, UK

'This publication is a major step towards a better understanding of the processes whereby people can learn from each other in helping to determine better planning for our future built environments. It brings together experience that exists in Britain with international experience from across the globe. The layout brings a new standard of design excellence to the art of communication in this field. I highly recommend it as a practical tool for communities and their activists. It has a truly international perspective.'

Michael Parkes, Expert on Urban Policy to the European Commission,
Directorate General Development, Brussels, Belgium
'The clear and concise copy as well as the very appealing graphic formatting of the material make this an excellent handbook which will be useful to so many different users in so many ways.'

Tony Costello, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, USA 'A graphically pleasing publication in simple language that will get across effectively to communities, empowering them in the new 'dharma' ­ demand-driven planning and decision making through a participatory process.'

Vinay D. Lall, Director, Society for Development Studies, New Delhi, India 'This is the very book which is so necessary for countries such as Georgia. Everything we did or tried to do intuitively is in this book and is perfectly illustrated.'

Professor Vladimer Vardosanidze, Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, email, 13 Oct 2000 'Grassroots planning is now orthodox and Nick Wates' book is an excellent and comprehensive catalogue of how to do it. ...The intended reader appears to be both the experienced professional and the lay resident - a difficult trick to pull off, which books on democratising design rarely achieve, but this one does... I hope to come across lots of well-thumbed copies in libraries, community associations and architects offices.'

Joe Holyoak, Urban Design Quarterly, April 2000

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