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Mini Holland in Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest Council

Waltham Forest Council was awarded £27million by Transport for London for the Mini Holland Programme. The programme will transform the borough, making it more cycle friendly, and encourage more people to take up cycling and walking.

Since the initial consultation there has been over 130,000 contributions. Amy Priestley from the Waltham Forest Mini Holland team talks about her experience with the programme, and the benefits of using Commonplace to engage local people.

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Commonplace is proving to be a constructive tool in engaging residents and businesses, and easily understanding their needs.
Iain Killingbeck, Waltham Forest Council
Mosaic Place, Purley
Thornsett

Developer, Thornsett, together with the Purley Baptist Church presented plans that complied with planning guidelines but met stiff initial local opposition.

Commonplace worked with Thornsett to create an open dialogue about the plans, and to help mobilise beneficiaries of the proposals.

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We decided to use Commonplace because we recognised that high quality, open engagement was the best way to reduce our planning risks. Commonplace delivered this very successfully.
Tony Pritchard, Development Manager, Thornsett
Leeds Transport
Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and WSP

Over 30,000 locals were reached by a commonplace engagement, conducted by WSP

Plans for major improvements to key routes in the city of Leeds were in motion, and all parties agreed that the success of this project would rely on "wide-reaching, continuous engagement" in order to deliver high levels of communication, transparency and trust. 

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Reviewing the “Connecting Leeds” engagement processes in July 2018, the Chair of Leeds Transport Expert Advisory Panel, Nigel Foster, commented that the consultation through “Connecting Leeds was regarded as a leading approach” and “it was the finest example of engaging people in the UK”.

Leeds Transport Advisory Panel, Leeds Transport
Catford Town Centre
London Borough of Lewisham

The London Borough of Lewisham wanted to reach thousands of residents to better understand their thoughts, likes, and dislike around Catford Town Centre.

Using Commonplace as a core part of their communications strategy, they were able to do this by building a base of over 750 local subscribers via the News function. As a result, local residents were invited to comment, and were kept up-to-date with upcoming changes being made to their local area; allowing a strong sense of trust and local identity to be cultivated.

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Commonplace has enabled us to reach thousands of residents and helped us better understand what they like about our town centre and what they'd like to see improved. It is also a popular and useful communication platform for sending out news and animating conversations. It has assisted us in promoting a sense of local identity and in building trust through Commonplace's openness.
Deborah Efemini, Lewisham
Neighbourhood Forums
West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum

In July 2015, the Fortune Green and West Hampstead neighbourhood plan was passed at local referendum. Commonplace was part of the successful preparation of the plan.

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