RSA Dorchester: Developing communities - RSA

RSA Dorchester: Developing communities

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Pavilion in the Park, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 2FG

  • Community and place-based action

Poundbury has been in development for over 30 years and is now home to over 4,200 residents and 250 businesses. 33% of the population is over 65 but there are many families and young people living in Poundbury. The focus of the development has been on the achieving a new style of living and working with emphasis on sustainability and accessibility.

Key design principles include integration of residential living and work, decreasing dependence on the car, and social integration with a mix of owning and renting; 30% of the accommodation is termed affordable.

As the development approaches completion, attention is moving away from the bricks and mortar issues to ones of social and community development. The Residents’ Association has been heavily engaged in designing and implementing a full survey of resident views using change management methodology to stimulate and engage, and then move to action. The process is both welcome and controversial as it makes explicit the positive reasons for living whilst at the same time raising more uncomfortable social issues.

This session, hosted by Simon Standish FRSA, aims to stimulate discussion around the approach taken to stimulate community awareness and to develop new leaders, processes and activities.

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