The objective of the APaNGO project is to find ways of increasing community involvement in the spatial planning process, particularly at the regional level. The first phase of the 1.2M Euro project will develop a comparative understanding of the techniques, systems and infrastructure available for helping the general public and community groups constructively engage in planning and development decision-making. The project, which is being led by the UK’s Town and Country Planning Association, will test methods and processes for involving local people in regional planning. Through this process, APaNGO will enhance skills and resources for community involvement in planning. The project will also create a standing, trans-national forum of non governmental organizations and regional planning bodies to pool skills and experience gathered during the project, which can then be used to help deliver regional planning throughout NW Europe. The forum will also provide community representation in the forward planning process at the city, regional or European level and so provide an enduring resource for community involvement in planning.
The primary objective of APaNGO is to address the challenges set out by the key issues outlined above through jointly planning, designing and implementing a network of resources and skills to enhance community involvement in regional planning across NWE.
Detailed objectives of the project are:
- 1. To develop an understanding of comparative techniques, systems and infrastructure available in different member states to assist the general public and community groups in engaging constructively in planning and development decision-making at the regional level.
- 2. To test and realise methods and processes for involving local people in regional planning.
- 3. To set up a standing transnational forum between a variety of NGOs which provide community representation in forward planning and development processes at the city, regional or (with the emergence of the new European Spatial Development Perspective) European level.
- 4. To enhance skills and resources for community involvement in planning.
- 5. To produce a good practice guide aiming at disseminating best practice in community involvement in local and regional planning issues
- 6. To provide an enduring resource for community involvement in planning for Europe.