Published: 21st Aug 2014

New technology platforms can help open up and expand the consultation stage of urban design and development. East London housing association Poplar Harca has used new app Commonplace to identify the needs of local residents. Entrepreneur Mike Saunders, chief executive of tech start-up Commonplace, saw an opportunity to meet the local authority need for consultation, feedback and community engagement while offering residents the chance to make their voice heard in shaping their community. Commonplace has just received £243k funding – largely from a syndicate of angel investors, including impact angel network Clearly Social Angels and Angels in the City. Commonplace uses an innovative, simple app and website allowing residents to comment on their local environment, be consulted for planning and building works, and to have a voice in how their neighbourhood develops. By logging in to Commonplace, they can rate certain areas and respond to comments and questions. It helps … (To read the full article, subscribe below)