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Sustainable Communities Awards 2003

In March 2003, the Deputy
Prime Minister
announced a new Award for Sustainable
Communities, which recognises initiatives that contribute to making
areas better places to live and work. The award pays tribute to the
commitment from people making a significant contribution towards the
building of successful communities. Aspects of good practices can
also be recognised throughout the assessment process.

Over 180 nominations were received from all areas across the
country. The Deputy Prime Minister announced the initiative winner
as the Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership in Falmouth. The
scheme covers a very wide range of achievements – from housing to
health, linking in with the local economy, and clearly meeting many
requirements set out in the Communities Plan.

Winner of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Award for Sustainable
Communities 2003

Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership, Falmouth

By the mid 1990s, Penwerris Estate tenants suffered poverty, high
levels of teenage pregnancy, and crime and poor health.

The desire to improve conditions led 2 health visitors to
stimulate formation of a tenants’ association in this, and a
neighbouring estate. They subsequently realised that their
priorities lay in the improvement of:

  • inadequate housing

  • poor heating systems.

They established a regeneration partnership bid of �1.2 million
Capital Challenge Funding for energy conservation improvements.
Carrick Council put in �1 million from their own resources.
External cladding, home repairs, central heating and double-glazing,
provided the necessary insulation.

Results
This success led to the other community projects and activities
to improve their quality of life. These included traffic calming,
dog litterbins, tree and bulb planting, free security lighting for
people living alone, and a skateboard park.

They also established healthy living courses, stopping smoking
courses, family learning groups, welfare advice, and computer
courses.

The outcomes cover a wide range of achievements.

  • a decrease in asthma and chest complaints

  • child accident rates down by 50%

  • Post-natal depression down by 80%

  • House burglaries down by 40%

  • car crime down by 60%

  • assault down by 60 %, and a reduced fear of crime

  • annual fuel savings of �180,000.

These results show the important links between housing and
health, and the ability to thrive. Improving public health has
delivered a wide range of additional benefits that, in turn, reduce
the long-term costs to the health service, education, law and order,
and the environment.

Contact details
Grenville Chappel
Resource Office
Grenville Road
Falmouth
Cornwall TR11 2PS
Tel: 01326 212 784
Fax: 01326 212 784
email: beaconp@hotmail.com

Other Finalists 

Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED), Sutton, Surrey

BedZED is a mixed-use, mixed-tenure development that incorporates
innovative approaches to energy conservation and environmental
sustainability. The concept was driven by the desire to build a net
zero fossil energy development and it is the UK’s first large scale
carbon neutral housing scheme.

BedZED is built on reclaimed land owned by the London Borough of
Sutton. It provides 82 residential homes with a mixture of tenures.
The project also includes buildings for commercial use, an
exhibition centre and a children’s nursery.

Results
The surrounding community was consulted during the development
process and the new community has integrated well. The new residents
are proud of where they live and consider that they are living
somewhere special.

BedZED has become an excellent learning centre for sustainable
development, creating considerable local, national and international
media coverage and interest, and it has attracted 6,000 professional
and educational visitors in the past year. The design is innovative
and to a very high standard and is used to enhance the environmental
dimensions, with strong emphasis on roof gardens, sunlight, solar
energy, reduction of energy consumption and waste water recycling. A
green transport plan promotes walking, cycling and use of public
transport.

Contact details
Adrian Pancucci
Johnson Pancucci Ltd
28 Ticehurst Road
London
SE23 2TJ
Tel/Fax: 020 8699 2814
email: adrian@johnsonpancucci.com

Regenerating Northmoor, Manchester

Northmoor is within the Lonsight area, until recently one of the
most deprived communities within Manchester. With initiatives from
partnerships between Manchester City Council, Manchester Methodist
Housing Association, the local community and other agencies, the
area has undergone a positive change. The area can now be described
as a 21st century neighbourhood, transformed from a once declining
19th century housing area.

Starting in the 1980s, the area suffered a failing housing market
with associated rising crime and environmental blight. Out of 1,400
homes, 250 were empty by the 1990’s. A Concept Plan drawn up
addressed a range of issues including housing, environment, local
businesses and community safety and development.

Results
Northmoor is now a more desirable area in which to live, as
reflected in the occupation of the previously empty properties, and
a dramatic increase in house values. A neighbourhood warden scheme
has been introduced, and this has been successful in reducing the
fear of crime.

Contact details
Jim McMillan
Manchester Methodist Housing Association
Hopeleigh
1-3 Fairhope Avenue
Salford M6 8AR
Tel: 0161 707 7147
Fax: 0161 707 7300
email: j.mcmillan@mmhg.org.uk

The Village, Caterham Surrey

This project is a redevelopment by Linden Homes of the 57-acre,
former Ministry of Defence site known as Caterham Barracks.
Previously home to Guards Regiments, who vacated the site in 1995,
the barracks have been transformed into a new community called
“The Village.” Providing a mixture of uses – residential,
commercial, retail, leisure and community – a sustainable urban
village was formed that has re-integrated the site with its
surrounding locality.

The total value of the project exceeds �60 million and includes
business accommodation, a Business Enterprise Centre, retail and
commercial space, 12 live and work units, health and leisure
facilities, day nursery and child care, 348 housing units, a
community farm, bus service and a nursing home.

Results
There is a wide range of community benefits and facilities
provided by the developer. These include:

  • �30,000 for the restoration of the cricket square

  • �500,000 for the bus service

  • �200 bus vouchers for each household

  • �50,000 for off-site transport improvements

  • �250,000 for the Community Trust

  • �100,000 to the Local Education Authority

  • �950,000 for the retention and refurbishment of period
    buildings, intended for community use

Contact details

Ivan Ball
Project Director
Linden House Guard’s Avenue
The Village
Caterham on the Hill
Surrey CR3 5ZB
Tel: 01883 334 400
Fax: 01883 331 169
email: ivanball@lindenhomes.co.uk

The following projects were commended by the judges panel for
certain aspects of achievement 

  • Workforce Southwark, London

  • Salterbeck Community Partnership, West Cumbria.

  • West Itchen Regeneration Programme, Southampton

  • The East London Centre &

  • Cemvo National Capacity Building Programme

  • The Eldonian Village, Liverpool

  • Castle Vale HAT, Birmingham.

  • Angell Town Estate, London

  • Stalybridge Canal Regeneration, Manchester

  • West Green Learning Neighbourhood, London

  • Ouseburn Valley Regeneration Strategy, Newcastle
  • Charter Quay, Kingston-upon-Thames

 

 

Last update:  21 June 2004

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