Six VALUE+ investments received funding from Interreg IVB NWE, a financial instrument of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy, which supported transnational cooperation. The sites showcased excellent landscape design and effective community engagement across North West Europe. VALUE+ investments included the creation of new parks, innovative use of derelict land, creation of green routes for people and wildlife and re-interpretation of forgotten places into valued green space. Each investment had its own social media platform enabling the local community to become involved with and exchange information about the investment. VALUE+ used interactive tools, 3D visualisations, workshops and community events to involve communities in the development of their local green spaces and turn local people into EU Champions.
This project will demonstrate how the creation of a green corridor, or buffer, around a large scale infrastructure development at Zeebrugge Harbour with involvement of people from the nearby village of Dudzele can mitigate the effects of the development and lead to stronger social cohesion.
This ambitious development of a former military fort into a new green space will use innovative planning processes. The cultural heritage will be exploited by giving a sense of place in the design of the space and will be used to bring together diverse communities.
This investment used social media to disseminate information about smart green growth projects and the ‘New Route of Industrial and Landscape Heritage’. An interactive tool on a social media platform allowed local people to view different visualisations for the New Route.
Out of the old hospital grounds, a new park will be created for the local community. Designs will be consulted upon via social media channels, therefore enabling everyone in the local area to be involved in this interactive park design process.
The Edward Street Breathing Space investment created a vibrant flexible community and sports space in the heart of urban Sheffield. A new sports and events area was built with additional seating. Local people have been engaged in designing aspects of the site.
This innovative ‘meanwhile’ approach to urban land management will turn unused blighted plots into well-used community spaces where decision making is locally based, changing the way sites such as these are perceived.