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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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Redeveloping Earls Court - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea & London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

The Earl's Court redevelopment site spans approximately 28 hectares (69 acres). The site includes the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, a railway depot and the Gibbs Green and West Kensington housing estates. The developer has submitted two planning applications to two local authorities, as the site spans two areas.

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A strategic assessment of the accommodation with support needs for people with a learning disability, autism and mental health conditions 2020-2030

It is critical that people have the right accommodation to meet their needs to ensure sustainable housing solutions.

Accelerating retrofit for a carbon neutral future

In Greater Manchester, we have set a challenging target of a carbon neutral city-region no later than 2038. Urgent action is needed to put us on a pathway towards achieving this goal which must include tackling the residential component of carbon emissions.

Affordable home ownership

Moat and Sevenoaks District Council partnered up to deliver a truly innovative affordable home ownership scheme. 

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Affordable home ownership in Suffolk Coastal

A strategic approach to dealing with the issues and opportunities presented by an increase in numbers (allocation) of affordable home ownership prosperities in Suffolk Coastal.

Alternative approaches to affordable housing calculation - Teignbridge District Council

This project was undertaken on behalf of a partnership of local authorities led by Teignbridge District Council and including the other Greater Exeter Strategic Partnership authorities.

Applying behavioural insights to increase awareness and demand for sheltered housing

This research was used to develop communications to re-frame sheltered housing and to promote residents to ‘downsize’ into smaller properties. These were to be sent to council residents and evaluated using a Randomised Controlled Trial.

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Ashford Borough Council's experience of nutrient neutrality

Ashford Council has had to hold granting planning permissions on a number of planning applications, for schemes which are caught by the issue nutrient neutrality. Around 90 per cent of site allocations in the Local Plan, and currently around 5,800 dwellings in over 170 planning applications, have been affected.

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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.

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Better futures for vulnerable people (Somerset Strategic Housing Group)

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.