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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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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?

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.

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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

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Liverpool – speeding up the development of potentially contaminated land

Potential land contamination may affect any development site and it is a pre-commencement requirement for these risks to be assessed.

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The West of England Planning Toolkit 2012

The four West of England authorities (Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership have jointly published a planning toolkit to promote a more positive and consistent approach to handling large scale and complex development proposals.

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Wellingborough - Stanton Cross Sustainable Urban Extension

The Borough Council of Wellingborough is progressing the development of a 360 hectare Sustainable Urban Extension site. The development represents a £500 million investment, anticipated to create between six and seven thousand local jobs and 200 construction jobs. Investment in infrastructure totals £80 million and includes a new railway station and a new 1000 space car park.

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Birmingham – the Big City Plan

Birmingham's Big City Plan sets out a vision for the transformation of Birmingham's City Centre and sets out to create a world class city centre.

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Regenerating Victoria

Westminster City Council is committed to securing the regeneration of the Victoria area and the need for its comprehensive redevelopment is recognised in planning policy at both regional and local levels.

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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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Affordable home ownership

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

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