There are over 300,000 long-term empty homes in England and thousands of empty, decaying and redundant commercial properties. This Consultation identifies how to maximise the use of these wasted assets to meet the need for affordable homes in vibrant and healthy communities.
Realising the Potential for Asset-based Community Development
Case studies have shown that the most socially sustainable communities are those that focus on what they have, rather than what they lack or need. This consultation identifies how an asset-based approach to community development can be encouraged and supported.
Transferring Good Practice from the Margins to the Mainstream
Despite the widely available technology and the many benefits that sustainable housing solutions bring, they continue to remain on the margins of housing provision. This consultation identifies the barriers to their transfer to the mainstream and how these can be overcome.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are powerful tools that offer opportunities to reduce the social and economic exclusion experienced by poor communities as well as more sustainable use of the earth’s resources. This consultation identifies how their power can be better harnessed for the benefit of all.
New forms of governance are emerging as enabling tools to make our cities more inclusive, safer and healthier places in which to live. This consultation puts forward ways in which good governance can be positively promoted and, at the same time, shows how existing barriers can be reduced.
Increasing levels of crime and insecurity in urban neighbourhoods are a worldwide phenomenon. This consultation identifies how tackling a wide range of social disorders and incivilities can help to make urban areas safer places in which to live and work.