Creating a more Positive Space - Our Community Charter

Everyone has a common interest in making places that are safe, prosperous and fair. The problem is we often struggle to work well together. Levels of trust are low and people feel disconnected from how the places where they live and work are managed and evolve.

Positive Space aims to set a new standard for public engagement across our business and ensure communities have a meaningful voice in future of their neighbourhoods.

Four principles set out how we engage with the people who play a critical part in day-to-day neighbourhood life: from residents, businesses and institutions to community organisations and amenity societies.

Our aim is to create a more Positive Space where the trade-offs involved in change are openly debated, more voices are heard and everyone works more productively together. Because ultimately that’s how to help places thrive.

We have tested these principles with more than 20 community representatives and practitioners. Many of them have also shared their perspective and experience as part of a series of Essays on Engagement.

And alongside our own commitments, we also make an ask of communities in return, and hope that both sets of commitments will strengthen further over time.

We hope to hear what you think. Join the conversation on social media, or contact our Head of Community Engagement to add your perspective.

Read our Community Charter, Positive Spacehere

Giving young people a voice

Read our research into youth participation & find out more about the UK’s first free toolkit on youth engagement here.

Involving young people in the future of places

Carl Konadu, co-founder of 2-3 degrees, makes the case for bringing young people into conversations about where they live.

Essays on Engagement

Below is a series of essays about public engagement written by activists, influencers and frontline workers to mark the launch of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's community charter.

Why London needs closer bonds between landlords, residents and business if neighbourhoods are to change for the better.

Are you listening carefully? Its time to go back to basics on community engagement.

How we can address the power imbalance between communities and developers.

A social activist’s experience of being on the other side of the table

Stewardship is an idea whose time has come again. How policy could restore link between people and places.

Is it possible that community engagement could be fun?

Getting to know you. Why development and regeneration should come from the inside-out not outside-in.

Our planning system is not set up to feel. But everyone wins when we remember to be human and open up to communities.

Will the new London Plan make any difference? And how does Covid-19 change things?

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