SPACES OF HOPE: the Hidden History of Community Led Planning in the UK
has explored the often-overlooked ways in which local people and organisations have come together to improve their physical and social environments. Since the 1960s a rich but hidden history has emerged of communities campaigning, drawing up their own land-use plans, owning, occupying and developing sites and initiating creative community projects. Bringing together universities, artists and archivists and working in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association, SPACES OF HOPE: PEOPLES’ PLANS is an AHRC-funded research project that aims to reveal these histories and spark debate about how lessons can be applied to current community place-shaping.