The Community Planning Event Manual: How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Community Planning Event Manual

How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment, 1st Edition

By Nick Wates, John Thompson


142 pages

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Want to improve your village? Your town? Your city? A community planning event may be just what you have been waiting for. All over the world people are organizing dynamic collaborative events to improve their surroundings. For a few intensive days, everyone concerned gets an opportunity to have their say and be involved - residents, businesses, professionals and politicians. It's effective and it's fun. From Nick Wates, author of the hugely successful Community Planning Handbook, comes this Event Manual, the first on the subject, which explains why and how to organize community planning events. The book is aimed at anyone - from concerned individuals to community groups to professional planners in business and government - interested in the remarkable potential of community planning events. It includes a step-by-step guide, detailed checklists and other tools for event organisers. The method is user-friendly, flexible and easy to employ in any context from small neighbourhood improvements to major infrastructure and construction projects anywhere in the world. With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales and Introduction by John Thompson.


'Some books help you to learn - this one helps you to deliver! An invaluable tool.' Professor Brian Evans, deputy chair, Architecture+Design Scotland and Partner, Gillespies LLP

'This book helps promote practical work that changes the way people deliver projects in the sustainable communities sector. It is useful, user-friendly and easy to follow. This is the kind of book the busy practitioners of today need to support them in their work.' Professor Peter Roberts, chairman of ASC, the Academy for Sustainable Communities

'Nick Wates is a trail blazer in communicating clear, concise and immediately useful tools and techniques that transmit energy and make you want to get stuck in. This publication is amongst a handful of documents that all urban practitioners should have to hand.' Ian Munt, international urban governance consultant

'The devil is as always in the detail, and Nick Wates' Community Planning Event Manual provides it.' Perry Walker, head, democracy and decision-making, New Economics Foundation

'It is useful, user-friendly and easy to follow…This is the kind of work the busy practitioners of today need to support them in their work' Alison Stainsby, Institution of Civil Engineers

Table of Contents

Preface * Foreword * Introduction * Using this book * Overview * Getting started * Preparation * The event * Follow-up * Appendices * Index

About the Author


Nick Wates is director of Nick Wates Associates, community planning consultants, author of The Community Planning Handbook (2000) and site editor of

About the Series

Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

There is increasing global demand for more local involvement in the planning of the environment. This is the only way that communities will get the surroundings they want and make the transition towards a sustainable future. This series of short, accessibly priced, practical books have been written by the world’s leading planning professionals to provide tools to support community planning wherever it occurs. Each book is a stand-alone, but together they create a compelling resource for planning professionals, community groups, activists, planning students and anyone looking to facilitate engagement in a community context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development