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Leicester City Council – involving local residents

Leicester City Council and its partners have used community involvement in regenerating housing and the neighbourhood on the Braunstone Estate

Bristol – 20mph speed limits in areas of high health inequalities

Background The Marmot Review ‘Fair society, healthy lives' states that: "targeting [20 mph] zones in deprived residential areas would help lead to reductions in health inequalities".

OPE: Develop relocatable homes for adult social care clients (Dorset)

Growing demand for specialist homes for adult social care clients, coupled with a lack of available property led Dorset Council to use surplus public land for ‘meanwhile use’ to meet this urgent need. The OPE programme supported this pioneering scheme which has seen temporary, relocatable and adaptable homes developed for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical impairments.

OPE: Deliver affordable housing on complex sites (Brighton)

Brighton is physically constrained with a short supply of vacant land for housing, coupled with high housing demand. With Land Release Funding and OPE support the local authority has unlocked a series of complex, unviable council-owned sites - and delivered 84 award-winning, affordable homes. Civic pride has increased and anti-social behaviour reduced from the regenerative effect.

Housing Advisers Programme - Better futures for vulnerable people, Somerset

Frustrated at the rising numbers of vulnerable people struggling to access homes and support that met their needs, the Somerset Strategic Housing Group (SSHG) decided we needed to crack the problem. But where to start?