Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. They are safe and inclusive, well planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all.
We pride ourselves on engaging with the right people, in the right way and at the right time. Our approaches differ for each project we undertake because no community is the same, but our objectives are the same – that is to get the buy-in of people and groups from the beginning and ensure that consultations start and finish with an honest intent.
At the Sustainable Land Trust we work with communities and land owners to set clear objectives and targets from the start so that consultations and engagement activities minimise concern from all participants and provide opportunities to shape the development of projects.
We aim to identify the needs of all those involved or affected by changes in land use, and identify sustainable outcomes that benefit everyone – now and in the future.
BREEAM Communities and Planning
We are proud to be managing and assessing a large scale proposal to create a sustainable garden village extension to a rural Lincolnshire village using the BREEAM Communities methodology. The tool has been developed to engage communities and stakeholders at the earliest point in a scheme in order to understand the needs of the village or town and apply the highest sustainability principles. The engagement process includes working with Parish Council’ schools, churches, local community groups, businesses and individuals to inform the design and content of a scheme and to be the conduit to keep local people informed and involved.
We have so far carried out face to face, telephone and email consultations with people, groups, business and organisations, as well as organising community visioning events. We have created a dedicated website and Facebook page which we use to receive comments and to share information.