Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Network (SUNN)

SUNN map of projects
SUNN map of projects
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The UK not only needs to build many more and better homes, but also to build communities that last.

The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Network (SUNN) brings together 13 new communities under development in growth and regeneration areas across England, to study what has or hasn't worked in each community. All share a concern to build healthier communities, safer streets and living places, good design and greater choice of housing, with environmental features that minimise the development’s ecological footprint. The initiative was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and brought together 100 community-building practitioners over a period of two years to ‘look and learn’ together and discuss what has and hasn’t worked in recent new communities.Following the launch event in New Earswick, York on 23 November 2009, six neighbourhood meetings were held in new communities in different parts of England:• Orchard Park, Cambridge• Walker Riverside, Newcastle• Lightmoor and Ironstone, Telford• Dickens Heath, Solihull• Ancoats and New Islington, Manchester• Grand Union Village, Northolt, LondonAt the half way stage of the Network we produced Interim Findings that set out a number of policy conclusions and examples of good practice that could be applied more widely.A small group of SUNN members also visited three new settlements in the Netherlands to explore different approaches to housing delivery. A report of the visit is available and lessons have been fed into the Final SUNN report, which was launched on 21 February 2012.  See Nicholas Falks JRF blog for further information on the launch event.All SUNN findings and meeting reports can be downloaded above.For any queries regarding the future of SUNN please e-mail Nicholas Falk at