Maximising the potential of future communities
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A range of national experts are set to join senior leaders in Essex throughout the next six months to consider the implications and opportunities arising from major new developments in the county.
The Essex Communities programme has been commissioned by Essex Partners to engage the system in debate and discussion on the steps that we can take to maximise the economic, community and public health potential of new places.
The programme launched on 5 March with a keynote address to the Essex Assembly on the importance of adopting a whole system approach to designing new communities, collaborating with developers and exploring innovation.
Prof Rachel Cooper, President of the Design Research Society, described the human, material and financial factors that help to determine the success of a place and promote healthy outcomes for future communities. Rachel challenged us all to get involved early on in these discussions, and to be creative in engaging our communities in the design of our future places. You can view Rachel’s slides here
Exploring the potential of technology
The second workshop in the Essex Communities series; The power of technology: what does this mean for public services in new communities? will take place on 25 April, in Chelmsford, facilitated by NESTA. Attendees will explore how technology might shape the planning and design of new communities, and how this might influence future lifestyles, improve outcomes and reshape the relationship between people and public services.
The Essex Communities programme will be delivered during Apr-Sept 2019 to encourage Essex leaders to shape the choices made in designing major new developments to:
- Have a positive impact on economic, social and health-related outcomes;
- Create opportunities to develop new models of public service delivery; and
- Help address long-term service pressures.
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