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Working with Communities

NECT has extensive experience of working with local groups and organisations to help them improve, and make best use of, their built environment. Our aim is always to improve the contribution of the built environment to the quality of life of the people who live and work in the vicinity. As an independent charity we can also act as a broker between communities and agencies or other stakeholders, when views on potential solutions differ. Areas in which we work include:

We help stakeholders obtain public feedback on proposals or to involve the community in the ongoing management of an area. This ensures people’s views are represented in planning and other decision-making processes and that areas can be protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. Our involvement ranges from hosting public meetings and drop-in sessions to running involvement workshops, leading walkabouts and activities, or speaking with local interest groups on a wide variety of topics.

We can assist in finding new uses for individual buildings, working with owners, other stakeholders and users (both current and potential). We believe there is little point saving a building if it cannot be useful or beneficial to the local community. The views of local people play an important part as we explore possibilities for difficult buildings and sites.

We have the expertise to increase the involvement of local groups in their built environment. We engage local people in conservation area work, bring them together with planning and design professionals to gain mutual understanding about future development, and have successfully adapted national programmes such as Placecheck and Village Design Statements to deliver award-winning community involvement projects. We also host the Heritage Skills Initiative, which aims to increase interest in traditional building and engineering skills.