Chris and Vanessa (Chair of Look! St Albans) had been delighted to be invited the previous week to give a similar presentation to planning officers at St Albans and District Council.
Vanessa said “It was really gratifying to welcome such a diverse group of people at the AGM. I was delightful that joining residents were a county councillor, three district councillors, a clerk from a local parish council, the city centre manager, planning professionals and business people including two local developers. This proves to me that we are reaching a goodly cross section of our community with one thing is common, we all love St Albans and want to work together to leave a lasting, durable built environment as a worthy legacy for future generations.
We have now sown the seeds locally how other communities within the area can achieve what Look! St Albans is achieving positive, proactive, collaborative planning using BIMBY.”
A copy of Chris’s presentation can be downloaded below.
Watch what people have to say about BIMBY http://www.princes-foundation.org/emvideo/modal/1883/470/300/field_video_video/youtube/r995CniemJc
We are delighted we are keeping in touch with some individuals who we met in Norwich earlier in the year, at a reception at St Mary's Works on Monday 22nd February. These proactive people within their communities are already achieving much through using BIMBY and we share in the pleasure of their progress.
Chris Debenham, Treasurer, Look! St Albans reports
“At the invitation of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, Vanessa and I attended a Reception at St Mary's Works in Norwich, a former shoe factory but now the central focus for the first group to work fully through a Bimby toolkit. Google beauty in my back yard and you will find a full explanation and example of the online toolkit, taking interested communities through the three stage process leading to a locally agreed set of design codes or criteria for implementation within an agreed area.
In attendance was the host's President, HRH The Prince of Wales, as were other representatives from the Foundation, from the pioneering Norwich community group, from Civic Voice, various architects and design consultants, and from another Cambridge-based community in the early stages of working through a toolkit (initiated by what they perceived to be the universally poor design quality of residential development taking place in and around Cambridge).
St Mary's Works is to contain new and attractively designed residential units. The Reception area contained workshop displays replete with drawings, plans and photos, coloured stickers and post-it notes that will be familiar to those who have attended one of our charrettes.
For those groups such as ours leading the way in promoting design codes for buildings and open areas, one could not fail to be inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of the Norwich community, as those attending could see the culmination of much hard work and effort towards improving not only the look of the area but also the feeling of local pride in and social belonging from the new buildings and developments they were overseeing. If one of the aims of Look! St Albans is to spread the Bimby word to other communities, and if those communities find the toolkit a workable and viable proposition for them, we can truly be proud of the contribution we have made to the positive aspects of localism.”