Digital neighbourhood planning

The Context

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together to create their own planning policy for their area. But, it is a long and complex process. This work aims to support neighbourhood planning groups using media technology in three ways:

  1. Helping the core group producing the policy navigate the process
  2. Engaging local people that would not otherwise get involved in such processes
  3. Using the media produced to support the neighbourhood plan (and activity beyond the plan)

Bootlegger in Neighbourhood Planning

As part of this research is using Bootlegger with neighbourhood planning groups.

LogoBootlegger is a media commissioning tool. It puts complex film production and capture tools in the hands of citizens through an easy to use web tool and mobile app.

Working with two North East groups, we used Bootlegger to capture film clips of their local area to represent the issues, challenges and positive aspects that they were looking at as part of the neighbourhood plan.

 

Other Bootlegger projects include Loudest Whisper – a project to dispel the myths surrounding Stockton following the Benefits Street series. The project saw local people create and contribute their own footage and take part in editing the clips to show their own story.


What happened?

  • We created over 200 short clips (10-30 seconds) between the two areas
  • Clips are to be used in future community engagement more interactively
  • Actively captured film together as a group was beneficial in exploring issues of the are
  • Groups were able to see other people’s perspectives and realise other opinions were important
  • Local people saw how representative the group was (or wasn’t!)

Example: Transport video                   Example: Youth facilities video


So what?

This is part of a much larger project which looks at supporting the neighbourhood planning process.

Data

  • Working with planners and local neighbourhood planning groups
  • Explore how neighbourhood planning works on the ground
  • Identify where more support is needed and where communities face challenges
  • Consider what technologies could support different aspects of the process

How could technology help?

Thinking of the three aims of the research, there are lots of ways technology could support the process:

  1. Helping the core group producing the policy navigate the process
    • Platform to simplify and guide the process
    • Linking groups to official national and local advice, policy and guidance
    • Sharing experiences across neighbourhood groups
  2. Engaging local people that would not otherwise get involved in such processes
    • Media technologies for community engagement (Bootlegger and others)
    • Promoting youth engagement with technology (Park:Learn)
    • Toolkits to support groups to use technology effectively (social media)
  3. Using the media produced to support the neighbourhood plan (and activity beyond the plan)
    • Using media produced as a form of evidence
    • Media for more interactive, online methods of engagement
    • Supporting examination process

More Information

 

For more information, questions or to discuss the project, contact Jen Manuel

Email: j.manuel2@ncl.ac.uk

 


Author: Jennifer Manuel

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