Planning for Real


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Planning for Real

A method used by the UK Office of Public Management to facilitate local action, by driving public participation in planning. It was pioneered in the UK by Dr Tony Gibson, formerly of the Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation, first used in Glasgow, and has since gone global.

PfR uses an array of techniques—e.g., leafleting, public meetings, informal groups, displays and media publicity—to engage people in planning their community. While large crowds create a better atmosphere, success is judged by the quality of the ideas generated rather than the numbers attending.

PfR involves the community in local planning by:
• Allowing people to have their say without needing to speak to an audience;
• Encouraging informal discussion of ideas;
• Removing the confrontational aspects of conventional public meetings;
• Making the consultation process fun and rewarding for participants; and
• Stimulating informal contacts between the community and officials throughout the process.
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Planning for Real facilitators Ingrid Hyde (above left) and Julie Sewards with the Rev Jane Mullaney (right) and top left getting down to business.
Organiser Adam Larkin said: "Planning For Real is an innovative alternative to a public meeting.
For more information about Kenilworth's Planning for Real visit http://tinyurl.com/23h8od
Neil Pitchford, residents' association spokes-man, said: "Local people demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm at the original Planning for Real exercise and we felt that Warwickshire County Council were given a wealth of ideas to consider.
But Whitnash district councillor Bernard Kirton said his town was still waiting for funding promised in the Planning For Real consultation last year.
Town councillors have launched a scathing attack on the 140-page Planning For Real report after waiting almost a year for its results.
"It's not something we want to get heavy handed about, but we do have to protect our trademarks, and we would like to hear from the council about this."The meeting area's revamp part of a range of improvements in store for Lillington following the council's Planning For Real public consultation.
A community news-letter has also been set up, following the council's Planning For Real public consultation earlier this year.
Improvements are now expected to begin in Whitnash after families demanded action in the Planning For Real survey last March.
The Planning For Real survey last year asked residents about ways to improve the ailing part of Leamington.
The Planning for Real workshops will be held on Friday to find out what local people would like to see happen to Shrub-lands Community Park, just off Queensway, opposite the Ford Foundry.
Now highways authority Warwickshire County Council is to host three Planning for Real sessions, featuring a 3D model of the street so that visitors can point out to council officers exactly what is needed, and where.
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