Sustainable Communities

What is a sustainable community?

Most people want to live in a place where they know their neighbours and feel safe. A place with good homes, local shops, lots of jobs and opportunities for young people to get a good education.

Creating these places requires a change in the way our housing and communities are planned, designed, built and maintained. But sustainable communities are about more than bricks and mortar.

They need good governance, public participation, partnership working, excellent public services and civic pride. They are about learning from the mistakes of the past and linking social, economic and environmental programmes.

The eight components of a sustainable community are:

  • Governance - Well run communities with effective and inclusive participation, representation and leadership.
  • Transport and Connectivity - Well connected communities with good transport services and communications linking people to jobs, health and other services.
  • Services - Public, private and community and voluntary services that are accessible to all.
  • Environmental - Providing places for people to live in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Equity - Fair for everyone in our diverse world and for both today's and tomorrow's communities.
  • Economy - A thriving and vibrant local economy.
  • Housing and the Built Environment - High quality buildings.
  • Social and Culture - Active, inclusive and safe with a strong local culture and other shared community activities.
The 8 components of a sustainable community

ASC was created because there are huge gaps in the skills 
and knowledge required to create these sustainable
communities across the country.

We are the national centre for delivering the skills and
knowledge needed to make better places.

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Sustainable Community Professions

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