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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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East Sussex County Council: community asset-based transformation programme

As part of the whole system health and care transformation programmes East Sussex Better Together and Connecting For You, East Sussex County Council has developed a system wide asset-based approach to prevention and early intervention with a view to making sustainable change at scale and pace.

Leeds City Council: a strong economy within a compassionate city

Leeds City Council and partners are working on a ‘breakthrough project’ on early intervention and reducing health inequalities through linking integrated healthy living services, community development, GP social prescribing, NHS Health Check, and a range of other community activity with clear referral pathways.

Newcastle City Council: a working city; tackling inequalities; decent neighbourhoods

Newcastle operates a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in which health and wellbeing is embedded across the council.

Chelmsford City Council and Countryside Zest - delivering a new community

Countryside Zest has had a clear focus on place making at Beaulieu. The new community of 3,600 homes of which 27 per cent are affordable, includes 176 acres of public open space together with new schools, business space, shops and major infrastructure.

Bath and North East Somerset Council, IM Land and Bloor Homes redevelop former Ministry of Defence site

Close working between the promoter and local council meant that officers could appreciate the commercial approach being undertaken by IM Land, while the developers were able to fully support the council in delivering their aspirations for this brownfield site located in a highly sensitive ecological and landscape location on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cornwall - A proactive planning policy to support local growth

Cornwall Council, Cornwall Development Company and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership create an Aerohub Enterprise Zone around Newquay airport to encourage business in the aerospace industry.

Leeds City Council and CEG: Transforming an industrial site into a mixed-use community

CEG is leading the development of the 57 acre Kirkstall Forge scheme in Leeds which is transforming the oldest industrialised site in England into a thriving mixed-use community in a unique wooded, riverside setting.

Oxford City Council and Grosvenor: developing and NHS-healthy new town

Barton Park is a new 885 home development which is being built alongside the existing community of Barton in the North East of Oxford.

Plymouth City Council: 'Plan for homes'

Plymouth City Council’s (PCC) Plan for Homes has taken a proactive and collaborative approach to delivering 5,000 homes in the city.

Southampton City Council and Hammerson: transforming an inner city brownfield

WestQuay Watermark is the centrepiece of Southampton City Council’s ‘Heart of the City’ scheme, one of seven ‘Very Important Projects’ identified in the city centre masterplan. Delivered in collaboration between the public and private sectors with outstanding sustainability outcomes it illustrates the achievement possible between public-private leadership and investment.