This page will host a range of relevant resources and be updated over the duration of the project. The resources will include links to organisations, those participating in the research, books papers and other outputs. This will be added to as the project rolls forward.


Here are the  logos of interesting and  useful organisations which are involved with communities and  planning – they might be worth you looking up – just  click on the  icons.

Pre-application planning advice - Gloucestershire County Council   Planning Aid for London 
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Book: Neighbourhood Planning in Practice

This is a book written in 2019 by some of the  team considering Neighbourhood Planning (NP), introduced by the Localism Act of 2011 in England. NP involves rights for communities to produce a  statutory Plan and  shape the future of the places where they live and work. The book examines the experience of neighbourhood planners, analysing what communities have achieved, how they have done so and what went well or badly. Comparing NP with other forms of community planning and highlighting the main lessons learned so far, it acts as a navigation tool for people already involved in neighbourhood planning, as well as those contemplating participation.

Research: Spaces of Hope: People’s Plans

A recently completed ‘sister’ project ‘Spaces of Hope: People’s Plans’ has produced the first sustained history of community-led planning in the UK, documenting the diverse and often hidden ways in which people have come together to care for the future of their local environments since the 1960s.

Existing academic work has tended to focus on how citizens have influenced official processes of public participation in planning. Alongside this formal system, however, runs a rich history of informal community organising around planning and urban change which has not been subject to much research. Given the contemporary significance of community action around urban and environmental issues this gap limits our understood of the roles citizen activism has played in planning and place-making. For more, see: – Exploring the Hidden Histories of Community-led Planning in the UK

Website: Just Neighbourhoods. Socio-spatial Justice in Urban Neighbourhoods

Community protest, Bayview-Hunters Point 

Similar project title. Different scope!… This website shares details of research carried out by US and UK universities looking at a case in San Francisco, US. Completed in 2021, this work explored the extent which redevelopment projects at the neighbourhood scale contribute to achieving socially just and fair environments, and who benefits from them. The main objectives of the research included:

  • developing a framework for evaluating different dimensions of injustice in urban redevelopment projects
  • carrying out intensive fieldwork in the Bayview-Hunters Point area, including site observation, participant observation, interview, and archival research
  • studying conflict between the community and the city
  • producing a documentary film that narrates reproduction of urban injustice in BVHP.


Just Neighbourhoods: Socio-Spatial Justice in Urban Neighbourhoods at Oxford Brookes University