What is VALUE+
VALUE+ was an EU funded project consisting of 12 partner organisations across North West Europe. The aim of VALUE+ was to demonstrate how to combine strategic planning with local involvement to improve social cohesion and economic performance.
This required a strategic and co-ordinated response. VALUE+ demonstrated how cities can best integrate bottom-up and top-down approaches. It showed how we can both deepen local participation and broaden involvement in strategy development. The VALUE+ Project took this opportunity to generate valuable green improvements to local growth, innovation and resilience strategies.
VALUE+ worked transnationally to involve citizens in spatial planning. It trained up an international team of ‘Local EU Champions’, involving them directly in the project’s delivery and promotion. Public engagement was ramped up over time, so that residents, businesses and politicians also become champions of the wider EU Project. This created an air of excitement and opportunity.