Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQoL) is a UK-wide project to find out what communities value and need in their local area. It aims to start a conversation with local people that can continue over time and take place both online and face-to-face.
The project builds on the University of Reading’s Mapping Eco Social Assets project. Key to its success will be the creation of maps of the local area that the local population will help to create, both in community spaces and online. The project will reference the Quality of Life Framework as a way of helping the local population to identify all those aspects of their area that are important to their health and wellbeing. Information gathered will help to define social value, a term used to describe what happens when buildings, places and infrastructure support environmental, economic and social wellbeing, and in doing so improve people’s quality of life.
It is hoped that the CCQOL project will facilitate greater inclusion across the community and provide a more accurate picture than what can often be a perfunctory and episodic consultation process currently. We want to join up consultation activity around Local Development Planning; Planning Consultations; and the post-occupancy evaluation of places. The latter almost never happens but is urgently needed to understand what works (and what doesn’t), when planning and designing new communities.
To develop the CCQoL project, we are collaborating with a UK-wide consortium of universities led by the University of Reading; Commonplace, the leading online community engagement platform for places; and Urban Symbiotics, an architectural practice that puts personal experience at the centre of their work.
CCQOL has backing from government departments across the UK (including MHCLG) as well as a range of industry organisations, and is being funded by UKRI / Arts and Humanities Research Council.