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Placemaking Charter

What is the Placemaking Charter?

The West of England Combined Authority and the region’s local authorities are committed to bringing forward clean, inclusive growth and creating healthy, happy places that contribute to addressing the climate and ecological emergencies.

The Placemaking Charter provides a framework for developers, communities and public sector partners to create better places that are: future-ready; connected; biodiverse; characterful; healthy and inclusive.

Placemaking Charter

How was the Charter developed?

The Placemaking Charter has been developed by the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils, in partnership with Design West – a centre of excellence for design and placemaking in the south west.

The Charter was developed through a series of engagement workshops with stakeholders and communities from across the West of England, reflects evidence and best practice and responds to some of the key regional placemaking challenges.

These workshops were led by Design West,  here is a report documenting the outcomes of this activity and how it informed the Charter.

Placemaking Charter

Action Plan

To implement and make best use of the Placemaking Charter, the West of England Combined Authority and the region’s local authorities have committed to an action plan to embed these principles through the work we do as a region.

The action plan is based on engagement with a broad range of built environment stakeholders and sets out how the Charter principles can be implemented in practice.


Read our Action Plan (PDF)

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