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Reporting in summer 2021, the Create Streets Foundation’s No Place Left Behind Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking will promote ideas to help “level up” England as part of the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

No Place Left Behind will recommend changes to policy and practice to improve the quality of people’s surroundings and of lives lived in England’s places which have been called “left behind” – places where local people feel their environment has been neglected, places which struggle to attract interest from investors, or places which are simply unable to make the most of their buildings, streets and natural spaces right now. We believe these places have been under-valued for too long.

The Commission is currently exploring the wealth of ideas and experiences of community-led regeneration projects, with a strong focus on approaches which allow communities to define and drive improvement for themselves. These include community-led housing, community-led business, transfers of assets to community ownership, and co-operative action to maintain and improve green and blue spaces.

The APPG Deep Dive session will be presented with and explore the initial findings from the Commission, due to be published in early 2021. The interim report will set out the challenges left behind places face, and begin to identify ways in which the government’s levelling up agenda should address them. This session will seek APPG members’ views on what central government should do to remove barriers and support transformative change in local communities.

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