Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Park Active for Colchester

Post-COVID 19 lockdown, Colchester Borough Council faced reduced use of its long-stay car parks and pressure for increased pedestrian and cycle access to the town centre. The solution was to enable a Park Active site for Colchester to encourage motorists to park in peripheral car parks more often and actively complete their journeys by walking or cycling.  The approach is part of a national pilot programme being led by the BPA and supported by the UK Government.

Dealing with empty shops: Basildon Council

Basildon Council have formally adopted a Town Centre Regeneration Strategy which sets out plans for the future of the new town’s retail core.

Buy Local - North Yorkshire County Council

Buy Local is a new local business directory developed to be easy to register on and use for businesses and customers alike.

Construction Skills Fund - Hampshire County Council

In 2019-20, Hampshire County Council’s Construction Skills Fund project trained over 1000 people in one year, and used its Employment and Skills Plans to get people into work with best social value for Hampshire residents.

Hampshire Employment and Skills Hub

COVID-19 is proving to disproportionately affect 16-24 year olds who will find it tough to compete in a crowded job market against the newly unemployed with more experience and relevant skills.

Green Economic Recovery - Lewes District Council

The corporate plan, ‘Reimagining Lewes District’, set out the council’s ambitions to achieve net carbon zero whilst continuing to embed community wealth building principles within the district.  This case study sets out how it has started to deliver this, within the challenges of the pandemic.

Dealing with empty shops: Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council received over £3 million from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2015 to develop a tech hub, as part of the tech north initiative. The grant was given to the council to administer, and through a competition the council chose a bid from the owners of Castle House, a former department store in the north of the city centre that had been vacant for over five years.

Dealing with empty shops: Telford & Wrekin Council

Telford & Wrekin Council’s ‘Pride in our High Street’ scheme awards grants for small businesses looking to take on empty units in the town centre.

Dealing with empty shops: Warrington Borough Council

The council’s initial ambition was regeneration of the town centre, which recognised the retail demise and growing vacancy, surplus retail and the opportunity for residential development on brownfield land in the town centre.

Dealing with empty shops: Kent County Council

The key lesson from this case study is the increased impact through working in partnership to tackle the challenge of vacancy, rather than in silos and with individual approaches.