Space in Common

Space in Common is a project exploring how we can build more contructive and inclusive conversations about what gets built where in Greater Manchester and beyond.

This is centred on four workshops happening around the time of a planned consultation on a re-drafted ‘Spatial Framework’ for Greater Manchester.

Through these workshops we aim to:

  • Learn about people’s previous experience of campaigns and discussions about spatial planning in Greater Manchester.
  • Help participants understand how decisions are currently made, and find out about promising examples of how things have been done differently elsewhere.
  • Link up people interested in this topic from a range of angles, and explore what possibilities there are for starting to build a better quality of debate in Greater Manchester.
  • Share our learnings with key policy actors, and support members of our group to make change themselves.

Through these workshops we are bringing together a small group of people who are interested in this topic from a range of different angles. We’ve already had the first of these workshops (you can see more about what was discussed here). But it’s not too late to get involved. If you are interested in taking part, please email or fill in this short form and we’ll get back to you.

Our plan for the remaining workshops is:

Workshop 2: How does Spatial Planning work, and how can it work better?

Monday 29th October, Central Manchester 17.00 – 19.15 At this next workshop we’ll be drawing on some expert advice to explore how spatial planning decisions currently work and how communities can feed into these decisions. We’ll also be sharing some examples of how people have tried to build more productive debates elsewhere. We’ll be discussing with our group what this shows for how things could be done in Greater Manchester.

Workshop 3: Making a change

TBC, Central Manchester We hope to bring in an organisation that has built a different way of working in another city to share some of their experiences and help us reflect on what opportunities and barriers there are to building a different way of working in Greater Manchester.

Workshop 4: Keeping it going

TBC, Central Manchester We hope to inspire some of our participants to explore ways of building a better debate in Greater Manchester. After a short pause, our last workshop will be used to reflect on what has happened so far, consider key messages that should be communicated more widely, and explore if there is a way of continuing momentum from these workshops into the future.

This project is being run by The Democratic Society in collaboration with a team of researchers and practitioners who are working together as part of Jam and Justice, a project exploring possibilities for a more ‘co-productive’ way of running Greater Manchester. Jam and Justice has funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and Mistra Urban Futures.

We look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to take part or find out more. Just email or fill in the expression of interest form.

News, events and blog

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
Manchester Central Library

Devolution promised to open up new opportunities for community engagement and empowerment, shifting power from Whitehall to the Townhall. One year on since the election of Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester, Jam and Justice's Action Research Collective are hosting a debate in Manchester Central Library to discuss the changing horizons of collective decision-making in Greater Manchester.