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This is only possible because of our perceived neutrality - a status that in our experience is rarely conferred on local authorities by the communities they represent. Community involvement can turn criticism into a constructive dialogue. It allows local people to understand each other's concerns within a broader context, and thereby make decisions that are based on collective aspirations rather than narrow personal desires. Community involvement can quickly establish a consensus vision for an area .

This iterative process ensures erally set up at a community forum held soon that by the time formal proposals are submitted after the presenta tion of the vision and vary in for planning consent , local stakeholders feel a nature according to the type of project and the strong collective sense of ownership, and objecinteres ts of the participants. Typically these tions are far less frequent. At Caterham Barracks in Surrey we ran a might address Agenda 21 issue s, recreation and sport issues, cultural issues, approaches to her- large-sc ale par ticipatory process involving over 57 58 JohnThompson / Andreas von Zadow Lubeck's historical city centre - a world heritage site.

The intention of this mixed -use concep t was not only to stimulate an open and lively atmosphere of the kind that can only come about through functional diversity but also to create man y high-quality jobs. An equally important aspect that becomes increasingly important over time is that diverse functional provisions make it easier to organise one's everyday activities. The close proximity of workplace, childcare facilities, shopp ing, culture and restaurants, sometimes even within babyph one reach, facilitate a more flexible and attractive living arrangement.

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