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Aveiro, Belfast, Milan, Italy

Community Participation in Planning is a two year collaborative project involving Ulster University (UK), Community Places (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). It is funded through the European Union’s (EU) new Erasmus+ programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020, supporting education and training activities in order to foster quality improvements and innovation across a range of sectors. The project aims to explore how communities, in the broadest sense of the word (interest, place, practice, and learning), can be more meaningfully involved in local area planning (physical development) and the new power of community planning (integrated public service delivery). Working with European partners and communities in each partner’s local geography, the project will co-design and test novel ways of empowering stakeholders to shape local services and places in order to deliver improved outcomes.