The Place Station introduces owners of land and buildings across the UK to social and community entrepreneurs with ideas for transforming their local area - providing a web resource where people can:
• Search for land and buildings
• Add a Place they'd like to see owned and managed by the community
• Add an Idea for transforming local services
• Propose new uses for available land and buildings
• Comment on and offer to support an Idea or Proposal for a Place
• Find pro-bono supporters where they live to put their Ideas and Proposals into practice
The Place Station will facilitate growth in community-owned assets and enterprises – helping local communities to address their challenges (and to take advantage of the new Community Right to Bid). It will also facilitate ‘meanwhile use’ - the temporary use of vacant buildings or land for a socially beneficial purpose until such a time that they can be brought back into commercial use again. It makes practical use of the ‘pauses’ in property processes, giving the space over to uses that can contribute to quality of life and better places whilst the search for a commercial use is ongoing. Empty spaces are a blight to communities, a financial drain to owners and stimulate wider civic problems. To us they are an opportunity.
The Place Station has been developed by the Locality – we help to empower local people and organisations to transform land and buildings into vibrant community spaces whilst supporting the development of a thriving third sector. We are the leading provider of expert advice, guidance and support concerning the transfer of under-used land and buildings from the public sector to community ownership and management - helping organisations to develop those assets and deliver long-term social, economic and environmental benefits.