Friday, January 27, 2012 - 09:00

The Eden Project in Cornwall will be hosting a three-day course from February 5 to 7 to encourage the public to get involved in community planning.

The Building Community Planning Camp will comprise of a variety of hands-on workshops, field trips, talks and open discussion to help people to meet the needs of their neighbourhood.

The course will give participants an overview of the opportunities available for communities and the skills they need to initiate change. It will encourage everyone to get creative and take part in practical workshops where they can learn from each other, as well as from speakers involved in the frontline of community planning.

Along with an exploration around Eden and trips in the local area, people will also have the chance to experience planning in action for new large-scale developments and learn how places are shaped and created.

The workshops and discussions will cover a range of essential topics from jargon busting and clever tips and tricks to best practice and the complex subject of public engagement.

Over the three days, the participants will be challenged to create a blueprint for the perfect neighbourhood plan, which will be used to support and inspire others.
Juliet Rose, Communities Project Manager at Eden, said: “There have been lots of changes in legislation recently, which means that communities have more opportunities to get involved in the planning process.

“We hope that after taking part in this course, people will not only have had a great time, but feel confident, enthusiastic and ready to make a real difference to their neighbourhoods .”

The camp, which is fully booked, has been funded by Department of Communities and Local Government. It is part of a programme of support called Building Community that helps neighbourhood groups to get involved in shaping their local area. The programme is led by Locality in partnership with the Eden Project, The Glass-House, and a wider group of experts and practitioners.