Park Royal Young Planners is an ambitious multi-year programme that will bring together young people, urban planners, artists, architects and academics to explore and influence the planning process on a project at real scale.
As recent research indicates, “young people are rarely consulted with regards to the future plans of regeneration” and evidence suggests that this lack of influence coupled with other factors means that regeneration projects can have an alienating effect on young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, leaving them frustrated at not being involved and confused about why their neighbourhood is undergoing redevelopment.
To challenge this, we will work closely with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation to support local young people to test and challenge areas of placemaking policy by recognising them as the real experts on the places where they live, as well as creating opportunities for them to take an active role in influencing and implementing change in their own neighbourhoods.
The project will be delivered across the boroughs most impacted by the OPDC regeneration scheme: Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.
The programme will aim to:
- develop innovative and effective participation tools which go beyond policy consultation
- recognise young people as active partners in urban governance at a moment in the development process where they can meaningfully effect change
- provide the mechanism and resources for meaningful and sustained engagement for young people via a new strategic programme linked to real projects and an embedded Youth Review Group.
- create a model of good practice in engaging young people in the processes of regeneration, resulting in a methodology that can be replicated across regeneration programmes elsewhere and in the future.
We will also collaborate with Brent Borough of Culture 2020 and academic partners to develop a blueprint for bringing these two groups together to collaboratively develop and influence future policy.
Park Royal Young Planners receives investment through Challenge London, A New Direction’s four-year partnership investment programme supporting cultural education across our city. Led by A New Direction, with funding from Arts Council England, Challenge London supports initiatives across the capital that work to ensure all children and young people can develop their creativity and play an active part in the culture and heritage of our city. Between 2018 and 2022, A New Direction is investing £900,000 against 100% match funding, to support programmes working in cross-sector partnerships that aim to make a difference in the lives of young Londoners now and into the future.