Faith and Place network

Lead Research Organisation: Roehampton University
Department Name: Humanities

Abstract

Over the last half century, many minority faith groups have established new places of worship, particularly in urban centres. Such places of worship are significant for bringing communities together, especially for first generation migrants, and assisting with many aspects of integrating into British life. These places of worship can also be powerful symbols of a minority faith group's place within Britain, with their distinctive religious expressions proclaiming both a right to belong and to be different.

Minority faith group places of worship are not without controversy. Faith group representatives tell of difficulties in finding premises and/or obtaining planning permission. Local communities near to such places of worship sometimes are concerned about impact on their locality. Planners and policy professionals are required to balance a complex set of claims and interests, sometimes with limited understanding of the religious issues involved.

Humanities researchers have an important contribution to make towards this neglected area of public policy (e.g. Theology, Religious Studies, Cultural Geography, History). Research over the last 15 years in Britain has identified points of tension between minority faith groups and planning policy regarding places of worship. Researchers in different disciplines have concluded that in centres such as London, Birmingham, Leicester, and Northampton, planning policy is not keeping up with the changing religious landscape. This is seen in increasingly diverse uses of faith group premises, which stretch existing planning categories and assumptions, as well as in the rapid growth of some minority faith groups for whom there are often not enough suitable premises available. Parallel stories have also been heard from urban centres in Europe. Conclusions so far point to the need for reviewing this area of planning policy and its implementation, which in part would require questioning the majority cultural assumptions woven into established planning policy. However, until now, the evidence and perspectives of researchers and stakeholders has been largely disconnected.

The Faith and Place network therefore aims to address this disconnection, through engaging academics from multiple disciplines with 4 key stakeholder groups, namely faith group representatives, local community representatives, planners and policy professionals. This engagement will be established through 3 events between Sep '14 and Aug '15, complemented by a network website. These events will look at the ways in which planning policy shapes faith group practices, through its influence upon matters such as architecture, styles of prayer / worship and local community engagement. As this is also a European issue, the network will incorporate participants working in urban contexts within the Netherlands, Germany, France and Sweden, as well as support mutual knowledge exchange through investigator visits. New researchers and research students will have reserved places in the network, so as to build up the Humanities contribution to this area of knowledge and public policy.

As a result of bringing this network together, we expect to influence and inform public policy on faith, place and planning through dissemination of the network's conclusions, which will be published as a policy brief at the final network symposium. This will be of benefit to all the stakeholder groups through an updated planning policy with a better fit to the religious changes that have taken place in our cities, alongside more appropriate guidance for those who need to abide by and implement policy. We intend to collaborate with Tate Modern to communicate the issues through artistic forms, and collaborate with those seeking to produce faith premises guides. Case study material and papers on the website will benefit stakeholder groups struggling with these issues, and also alert Humanities researchers to the public policy impact of their work.

Planned Impact

The impact of the Faith and Place network can be summarised in terms of enriching our cultural understandings of minority faith groups, improving the public service offered by planning departments, and influencing public policy on faith, place and planning. The beneficiaries of this research network are academics from multiple disciplines; policy makers and planners at national, regional and local authority levels; faith groups at national, regional, denominational and local levels; local communities where minority faith groups have a significant built presence; as well as intermediary organisations that engage with both faith groups and local communities.

Breaking this down further, the following groups will benefit in these ways:

Policy professionals and planners at the local level (e.g. planning departments, MPs), regional level (e.g. Greater London Authority), and national level (e.g. Department for Communities and Local Government, Royal Town Planning Institute, MPs, Planning consultants) will benefit from a connected and coherent evidence base that can inform a review of policy and its implementation, as well as improved guidance for planners. The policy brief emerging from the network process will be the focus for this engagement. Through identifying examples of UK and European best practice in relation to faith, place and planning, the network may also be able to inform a review of planning guidance. A valuable additional benefit will be that Humanities researchers recognise the public policy impact of their work, but equally, policy makers and planners might see the value of such research as well.

Faith groups at the national (e.g. National Church Leaders' Forum, Evangelical Alliance, Samen Kirk in Nederland), regional (e.g. Anglican Diocese of Southwark, Churches Together in South London) and local level will benefit directly from our collaboration on faith premises guides, which are designed to aid faith groups in navigating the planning system. More significantly, a review of planning policy, implementation and guidance should be of benefit to faith groups in terms of improving public services - key case study material on the network website will fulfil a similar function. The dissemination of the network conclusions (e.g. workshop video, participant articles) through a range of faith group networks will enable increased understanding of the varied spatial needs and practices between different faith groups, and promote social cohesion.

UK and European academics from Humanities and other disciplines will benefit from the development of a new cross-disciplinary dialogue achieved through fusing academic horizons around a common policy focus (see Academic Beneficiaries). Academic capacity in the field will be developed through reserving places for research students and new researchers, making key case studies of places of worship available, producing the edited volume, knowledge exchange with European counterparts, and enhancing the potential for follow-on research projects. Intermediary organisations, such as the Community Action Group, who have also conducted research on faith, place and planning, will also benefit in similar ways to academics.

Local communities where there is a significant minority faith group presence (in terms of places of worship) need to be represented in the network (e.g. councillors, community activists). Although the hardest to reach due to the scale, making selected network findings available to the wider public would aid enriched understanding of faith group practices, especially in relation to places of worship. The most suitable media here would be video of the grassroots histories / experiences of finding a place of worship. This would sit alongside the collaboration with Tate Modern, which is already looking at ways of communicating the reinvention of space by faith groups through photography, and will be developed further for this network.
 
Title Congregation pop-up exhibition 
Description Following on from the Sunday Service exhibition, Chloe Dewe Mathews oversaw a short film of new black majority churches in Southwark, exhibited at a pop up gallery in Peckham. The Tate Modern curator who has been part of this ongoing project was a member of the Faith and Place network, and Andrew Rogers, PI, contributed to a discussion panel at the Bosse & Baum exhibition opening. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Ongoing contact with Tate Modern and enquiries from other filmmakers. 
URL http://www.chloedewemathews.com/congregation/
 
Description This research network aimed to bring together academics and practitioners for the first time to address the critical issues at the interface between faith groups, places of worship and the planning system. The network worked towards producing a policy briefing (the funding award had a public policy highlight) which it did, containing five groups of recommendations for local planning authorities AND faith groups, as well as other interested parties. There were 15 recommendations in all, addressing ways to improve understanding between local planning authorities and faith groups; recognising the different geographies of faith groups (local or dispersed) and their contribution to communities; paying attention to equality and diversity in regard to faith group planning applications; sharing creative practice through case studies; reviewing aspects of planning policy in relation to places of worship.

In July 2016 we gained small additional funding in order to produce a bilingual policy briefing that focussed on the Welsh devolved planning context. The research findings remain largely the same, but some alterations were made to account for Planning Policy Wales and case studies were changed. In Dec 18 - Jan 19 a series of workshops in south Wales entitled 'Planning for Religious Diversity in Wales' led to valuable stakeholder interaction and feedback, meaning there is scope to nuance the Wales policy briefing further.
Exploitation Route Local planning authorities may want to consider how their policies and implementation line up with the briefing. In particular, an obvious way forward would be to generate a dossier of creative practice case studies as well as guidance for planners and faith communities. We have discussed this with network members and professional organisations / faith based organisations may be able to partially support such an enterprise. This will be the focus of any follow-on projects. In addition, the higher education curriculum for planners is a matter we argue should be under review, and my Co-I and colleagues are well placed to take this forward.

Our current project with CAG Consultants, Land Use Consultants and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham indicates that other local authorities might well want act on our findings through projects designed to improve relations between faith groups and local planning authorities.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://faithandplacenetwork.org/download/
 
Description The policy briefing contains the substantive policy-related findings from the network. The briefing has been endorsed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) (the professional body for town planners, the Department for Communities and Local Government (Housing and Planning minister), and a number of religious organisations, including the Archbishop of Canterbury. The network finished in Feb 2016 and we have seen ongoing impacts emerging. These include the RTPI (see select committee impact), Scottish Government, Newham Council, Bracknell Forest council, Hackney Council (see noise control team impact), the Evangelical Alliance, and Barking and Dagenham council. Given the good level of dissemination of the policy briefing (see dissemination to LAs engagement and various news / broadcast engagements), we anticipate continuing take-up of the briefing in practice by local planning authorities and faith groups in the future. A dual language version of the briefing for Wales was published in July 2016. In 2017, we have seen the briefing being used to influence the formation of Scottish planning policy in relation to faith and place, and we have provided evidence to Bracknell Forest council for their Infrastructure Delivery Plan. Our findings have informed the Religious Meeting Places project (see collaborations) where the PI and CI are academic consultants shaping the design and execution of the project, drawing on our Faith and Place network experience and expertise - the report was published in summer 2018. The collaboration with the Evangelical Alliance led to their publication (with other contributors) of Firm Foundations - a guide for churches on faith, place and planning. 2018 also saw the roll out of an ESRC impact accelerator project in south Wales through a series of day workshops led by Richard Gale for interested parties in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea. The aim was to refine the Wales policy briefing, and the intention is to publish a revised Welsh edition in the coming year.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Advised Greater London Authority on black majority churches and social integration (Head of Community Engagement)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Citation by religious group in West Berkshire Local Plan Review consultation
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=46394&p=0
 
Description Citation in EQIA for Scottish Planning Bill
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planningbill-equality-impact-assessment/
 
Description Citation in Newham Council Community Infrastructure paper
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.newham.gov.uk/Documents/Environment%20and%20planning/EB13.%20Topic%20Paper%20Community%2...
 
Description Extensive citation in a planning appeal for a Gospel Hall in south Kesteven
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://planning.southkesteven.gov.uk/SKDC/S15-2429/1303629.pdf
 
Description Hackney Council noise team workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact I quote from the Hackney noise team leader, which was local largely to Hackney borough and affected attitudes within faith groups towards local government. Just to let you know that I found the briefing we attended in October very interesting and I am very grateful that we were invited. About a month ago, we organised another works shop on Noise Nuisance emanating from Faith Venues, and I introduced it taking into account your recommendations, in the sense that I explained that your research showed that Religious groups were in the increase in the UK and the need for better understanding of their needs and therefore the need for dialog, and this had a very good reaction in the audience and it helps for them to open up and debate issues without feeling they are being under attack.
 
Description Influence on Paul Ede in relation to Scottish planning policy (email of 8/11/16)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Influence on research design and execution of Religious Meeting Places project by CAG consultants
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Provided evidence of research to Bracknell Forest council for their Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description RTPI use briefing as evidence at select committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/WrittenEvidence/CommitteeEvidence.svc/EvidenceDocument/Communities%20and%2...
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account
Amount £3,585 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 11/2018
 
Description Internal impact enhancement funding at Roehampton University for Wales policy briefing
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Roehampton University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description CAG Consultants collaboration 
Organisation CAG Consultants
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Engaged with CAG regarding issues of mutual interest around faith, place and planning to our mutual benefit. Via network events, email and skype.
Collaborator Contribution CAG consultants participated in the Faith and Place network, with one representative speaking at one of our network events. After the project completed, they approached the network leaders to act as consultants on another faith, place and planning project in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Impact Report for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2018 - see publications.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Cardiff University (apart from Co-I) collaboration 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department School of Geography and Planning
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Took the form of an academic working partnership with to and fro of discussion and debate around critical issues in faith, place and planning.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration excludes the formal contribution of the co-investigator. Two of the Co-Is colleagues from Cardiff made significant contributions. One served on the steering group and spoke at the Explorations event, the other attended and participated in the launch. Both colleagues provided very detailed feedback on the policy briefing - indeed, one was the final checker. Contributions from these colleagues have led to a move to produce a Welsh version of the briefing that reflects the devolved nature of planning in Wales.
Impact Policy briefing, as detailed above. Multi-disciplinary, given my background in Practical Theology and theirs is Planning. Anticipated outcome of a Welsh version of the briefing.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Chester University collaboration 
Organisation University of Chester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided the opportunity for the Director to network with others working in this field, as well as have many discussion informing our mutual understanding of faith, place and planning.
Collaborator Contribution The Director was on the steering group of the network and attended all four network events, making significant contributions in all, and provide much guidance for the project, including ideas for follow-on projects. He also provided feedback on policy briefing drafts.
Impact As a very active member of the steering group, the Director made significant contributions to the network and its direction and therefore also the shape of the policy briefing that emerged.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Church of England collaboration 
Organisation Church of England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Set up the network events which enabled CofE representatives to contribute and learn from a wide range of expertise on the issues around faith, place and planning. This is of particular interest to the CofE as many of their buildings are used by other religious groups without buildings of their own.
Collaborator Contribution The CofE's interest in this network is indicated by the involvement of the Archbishop, the national ecumenical officer, a church commissioner, a diocesan bishop and an archdeacon. The Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich spoke at our Perspectives event, a church commissioner spoke at the Futures symposium on religious spatial practices, the Bishop of Southwark and national ecumenical officer attended the policy briefing launch, and the national ecumenical officer took a good deal of time to arrange an extended endorsement for the policy briefing by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Contacts with the diocese existed from a previous related project, but all the other contacts were new for this project.
Impact The involvement of CofE representatives contributed to shaping the policy briefing and raising its profile through the Archbishop's endorsement. The range of disciplines involved is given at http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2011
 
Description DCLG collaboration 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Discussed project policy aims with our initial DCLG contact by email during funding application process and then towards the end of the project sent the draft briefing to DCLG for comments. Faith and Place leaders and representatives met with two teams at DCLG (Planning and Faith) in Sept 2015 to outline the problems facing faith groups with the planning system.
Collaborator Contribution DCLG officials advised us on how to go about the process of revising policy and/or its implementation early in the network, and then at the Sept 2015 DCLG told us what was on and off the table in terms of what was doable policy wise. DCLG officials attended the Perspectives event in 2015 as observers and the Policy briefing launch at the House of Commons in October 2015. Conversations with the DCLG planning representative finally led to an endorsement of the policy briefing by the Planning & Housing minister, Brandan Lewis.
Impact DCLG contributed to the policy briefing in the ways described above. The range of disciplines involved is given in http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2013
 
Description English Heritage collaboration 
Organisation Historic England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Discussed future funding ideas with representative and engaged with her contributions to the network, especially pointing out how new black majority churches did not fit some of the research models being used.
Collaborator Contribution EH representative participated in the first two network events and also encouraged her PhD student and others in her network to take part. The EH representative spoke at Explorations, and those from her network spoke as well, bringing expertise in non-Christian places of worship in particular (e.g. Sikh and Muslim).
Impact English Heritage contributed to network deliberations that formed the policy briefing. The range of disciplines involved in the network are given in the URL above.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Equality and Human Rights Commission collaboration 
Organisation Equality and Human Rights Commission
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Made the research lead aware of the issues around equality for faith groups engaging with the planning system. Provided networking opportunity at the policy briefing launch.
Collaborator Contribution Research Team lead provided feedback on the draft of the policy briefing, attended the policy briefing launch and gave an opinion on a query from the RTPI network member regarding a select committee hearing, which I facilitated.
Impact Research Team lead contributed feedback on the draft policy briefing, and also commented that it will be 'very useful for our work'. Furthermore, we were added to their Religion and Belief network of 750 members which receives a monthly email bulletin.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Establishing links with Community Southwark 
Organisation Community Southwark
PI Contribution I met with the Community Southwark representative in January 2018 to discuss a local report he had produced entitled "Faith, Seldom Heard Groups and Social Action in Southwark". I provided some feedback on the report.
Collaborator Contribution The representative provided helpful comments on the issues with faith groups not being charities and how that affected funding channels.
Impact None so far
Start Year 2018
 
Description Evangelical Alliance collaboration 
Organisation Evangelical Alliance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided this parachurch organisation (with many connections to new black majority churches) the opportunity to engage with many other experts and practitioners in the field of faith, place and planning, a subject close to the heart of many black church leaders, from 2013 until 2016. In October 2017, I met with Kevin Ashman who is working for the EA on producing a resource for churches to help with navigating the planning system, amongst other things. I advised him on issues to address and people to talk to. The resource was launched in Nov 2018 and entitled "Firm Foundations".
Collaborator Contribution I had already met with the EA during the funding application period to discuss ideas for taking policy engagement further on matters of faith, place and planning, and they had raised ideas that informed our funding application. The programme manager attended two network events and made significant contributions on the process of engaging with policymakers, particularly with DCLG and MPs. The EA also provided helpful critical feedback on policy briefing draft which led to a review of the wording on one recommendation in particular.
Impact EA contributions informed the process of the network, especially the launch at the House of Commons, as well shaping aspects of the policy briefing. The network, particularly Andrew Rogers, contributed to the resource for churches, Firm Foundations.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Faiths Forum for London collaboration 
Organisation Faiths Forum for London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Oversaw the writing of the policy briefing which we sent to the Director, with likely consequences for members of FFfL.
Collaborator Contribution The Director was a member of the network steering group, spoke at our Perspectives event, Futures symposium (religious spatial practices) and policy briefing launch at the House of Commons. He also provided feedback on the briefing and wrote an endorsement for it for FFfL. See faithandplacenetwork.org for details of his many involvements.
Impact As stated above, the Director contributed to the direction of the network, provided feedback on the policy briefing and wrote on of the endorsements. The range of disciplines is given at http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Goldsmiths College collaboration 
Organisation Goldsmiths, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided the opportunity for two members of the Unit to network with many others researching and practicing in this field.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of the Unit was on the project steering group and was instrumental in advising on launch plans at the House of Commons. Another member of the unit provided a key case study from Cambridgeshire at the Futures symposium which informed the final policy briefing.
Impact The Director's input was a significant factor in arranging a high profile launch venue. The fellow's input brought our attention to a significant creative practice case study that was referenced in the policy briefing. The range of disciplines is given here: http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hackey Council collaboration 
Organisation London Borough of Hackney
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project leaders provided network opportunities for the Hackney noise control team, to learn from other experts who deal with noise issues in relation to faith premises. They said they would use the policy briefing as part of their training for faith groups.
Collaborator Contribution Two members of the noise control team presented a case study at the Futures event relating to noise control training for faith groups. Both members also attended the policy briefing launch.
Impact Their case study and input was one of the many network contributions that shaped the policy briefing. The range of disciplines is given at http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2015
 
Description Haringey Council collaboration 
Organisation Haringey Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided opportunities for the Conservation officer to network with other practitioners and experts working in the same field.
Collaborator Contribution The Principal Conservation officer spoke at the Perspectives event and was on the religious spatial practices panel of the Futures symposium, and attended the launch of the briefing. She made a strong case for greater adoption of vernacular architecture by faith groups.
Impact The Council officer's contribution to the network influenced the content of the policy briefing. The range of disciplines is given here: http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Howard Sharp and Partners collaboration 
Organisation Howard Sharp and Partners LLP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provided the opportunity for the senior partner to engage with many other practitioners and experts in the field at network events.
Collaborator Contribution The Senior Partner spoke at the Perspectives event and gave a case study at the Futures symposium, as well as steering the network towards a focus on case studies in order to gain traction with planning departments. He also provided valuable feedback on briefing drafts.
Impact The senior partner made a significant contribution to the network and helped us to think in terms of case studies. This is reflected in the policy briefing, and also has prompted ideas for follow-on projects.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Makespace Architects collaboration 
Organisation Makespace Architects
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provided the opportunity for the director of MakeSpace to network with other experts in the field of faith, place and planning.
Collaborator Contribution The Director brought significant expertise on Mosque design and planning issues, attending the Perspectives and Explorations events, speaking at the first, and being a panel member at the policy briefing launch. The Director also provided feedback on the draft policy briefing and was a member of the DCLG meeting delegation.
Impact The director contributed feedback on the policy briefing, and also the DCLG meeting of which he was part led to an endorsement by the Housing and Planning minister.
Start Year 2014
 
Description National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF) collaboration 
Organisation National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Network expertise on engaging with the planning system is of great importance to black majority churches, many of whom are represented by NCLF. Policy briefing is valued by NCLF, as indicated in their endorsement.
Collaborator Contribution The co-chair was on the steering group of the network, contributing much advice on strategy for engaging with policymakers, speaking at the Perspectives event, persuading an MP to sponsor the policy briefing launch, being a key member of the DCLG meeting, and chairing the policy briefing launch.
Impact In addition to contributing feedback on the draft policy briefing (especially on the Equality Act 2010), NCLF were instrumental in arranging an MP to sponsor the policy briefing launch, and for aiding the setting up of a meeting with DCLG.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Religious Meeting Places project 
Organisation CAG Consultants
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Faith and Place network leaders, myself and Dr Richard Gale, joined with CAG Consultants and Land Use Consultants, to tender successfully for a commerical project to explore current and future needs for faith facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We function as academic advisors to the project, commenting on matters of research design, such as research instruments, recruitment strategy, as well as broader issues of religious growth projections. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the 'funder' for the project and our involvement came about as a direct result of the Faith and Place network, and the dissemination of the network's policy briefing. As academic advisors, we are in the position of consultants, and our Universities are paid the consultancy rate for six working days each on the project. In addition to his role described above, Dr Andrew Rogers assisted with two consultation meetings with religious leaders from the borough. Dr Richard Gale led on developing an appropriate methodology for project religious demographics in the borough.
Collaborator Contribution The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the funder and client for this commercial project. CAG Consultants are the lead organisation and have worked with Land Use Consultants on previous faith, place and planning projects. Both organisations were part of the Faith and Place network previously.
Impact The project finished in early 2018 and we are awaiting the publication of the report soon in 2018. The project is multi-disciplinary, as it involves planning, social policy, geography, and practical theology.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Religious Meeting Places project 
Organisation Land Use Consultants
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Faith and Place network leaders, myself and Dr Richard Gale, joined with CAG Consultants and Land Use Consultants, to tender successfully for a commerical project to explore current and future needs for faith facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We function as academic advisors to the project, commenting on matters of research design, such as research instruments, recruitment strategy, as well as broader issues of religious growth projections. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the 'funder' for the project and our involvement came about as a direct result of the Faith and Place network, and the dissemination of the network's policy briefing. As academic advisors, we are in the position of consultants, and our Universities are paid the consultancy rate for six working days each on the project. In addition to his role described above, Dr Andrew Rogers assisted with two consultation meetings with religious leaders from the borough. Dr Richard Gale led on developing an appropriate methodology for project religious demographics in the borough.
Collaborator Contribution The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the funder and client for this commercial project. CAG Consultants are the lead organisation and have worked with Land Use Consultants on previous faith, place and planning projects. Both organisations were part of the Faith and Place network previously.
Impact The project finished in early 2018 and we are awaiting the publication of the report soon in 2018. The project is multi-disciplinary, as it involves planning, social policy, geography, and practical theology.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Religious Meeting Places project 
Organisation London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Faith and Place network leaders, myself and Dr Richard Gale, joined with CAG Consultants and Land Use Consultants, to tender successfully for a commerical project to explore current and future needs for faith facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We function as academic advisors to the project, commenting on matters of research design, such as research instruments, recruitment strategy, as well as broader issues of religious growth projections. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the 'funder' for the project and our involvement came about as a direct result of the Faith and Place network, and the dissemination of the network's policy briefing. As academic advisors, we are in the position of consultants, and our Universities are paid the consultancy rate for six working days each on the project. In addition to his role described above, Dr Andrew Rogers assisted with two consultation meetings with religious leaders from the borough. Dr Richard Gale led on developing an appropriate methodology for project religious demographics in the borough.
Collaborator Contribution The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are the funder and client for this commercial project. CAG Consultants are the lead organisation and have worked with Land Use Consultants on previous faith, place and planning projects. Both organisations were part of the Faith and Place network previously.
Impact The project finished in early 2018 and we are awaiting the publication of the report soon in 2018. The project is multi-disciplinary, as it involves planning, social policy, geography, and practical theology.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Royal Town Planning Institute collaboration 
Organisation Royal Town Planning Institute RTPI
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Engaged in extensive discussions with RTPI representatives about the appropriate policy recommendations for faith, place and planning to go in the network policy briefing. Linked Head of Research to Equalities and Human Rights commission opinion when preparing for a select committee hearing.
Collaborator Contribution Head of Research spoke at the first network meeting and the Policy & Networks advisor spoke at the policy briefing launch at the House of Commons. Head of Research provided significant critical feedback on drafts of the policy briefing. Head of Research used the policy briefing as evidence at a select committee hearing of the Dept for Communities and Local Government in January 2016. The RTPI furthermore endorsed the policy briefing in their publication 'The Planner' and also disseminated the findings in Public Sector Executive (see http://faithandplacenetwork.org/2016/01/08/a-place-for-faith-in-the-planning-system/).
Impact RTPI provided significant feedback on drafts of the policy briefing, the primary network output. This is a highly multidisciplinary document - for a full list, see http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Samen Kirk in Nederland (SKIN) collaboration 
Organisation Together Church In The Netherlands
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided networking opportunities for the SKIN representatives, especially offering comparative information regarding the UK situation on faith, place and planning in relation to the Netherlands. We were also able to speak about our network and methodological matters to a team of academics in Urban Theology at VU University.
Collaborator Contribution SKIN representatives spoke at the Perspectives event, and attended and participated in the Explorations event. They then hosted a visit to Amsterdam and den Haag for a long weekend to meet politicans, church leaders and visit places of worship, in order to gain insights into the ways in which faith, place and planning is construed across key European cities. We were also able to benefit from a meeting with urban theology academics at VU university, one of whom came to the Futures event. See also http://faithandplacenetwork.org/video/perspectives-video/ and http://faithandplacenetwork.org/video/
Impact SKIN provided very useful insights into how Netherlands does and does not compare the issues faced in the UK. Consequently, these fed into the policy briefing. This was multidisciplinary, so http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Southwark Council collaboration 
Organisation Southwark Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided networking opportunities to engage with experts in the field of faith, place and planning for the Director of Planning and a councillor.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of Planning spoke at our first Perspectives event about the issues facing faith groups in Southwark and asked for ideas and advice from the network as to how to tackle the issues around suitable premises. Links with Southwark Council were established on a previous related project, but were ongoing for this network also.
Impact The concerns of Southwark Council in relation to the rapidly growing new faith groups fed into the network. The Councillor advised on how best to tackle the issues at a policy level. This all fed into the final policy briefing.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Tate Modern collaboration 
Organisation Tate
Department Tate Modern, London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I spoke at 'God Bless South London' panel event on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at a Bosse and Baum exhibition in south London, featuring the work of Chloe Dewe Mathews who was commissioned by Tate Modern to photograph / make videos of faith and place in south London. They wanted to draw on my expertise regarding faith and place in relation to their project. See http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-modern-project/tate-modern-community/congregation-chloe-dewe-mathews
Collaborator Contribution The Regeneration and Community Partnerships curator spoke at our first network meeting in East London on the work of Chloe Dewe Mathews that had been exhibited at Tate Modern, entitled 'Sunday Service', see http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/tate-modern-and-you-sunday-service
Impact As above, contributed to the God Bless South London panel event.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Together for Berlin collaboration 
Organisation Together for Berlin
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided the opportunity for the Director to engage with experts and practitioners in the field of faith, place and planning, especially enabling a comparison with the German situation.
Collaborator Contribution The Director attended two network events and spoke at Explorations. She enabled comparisons of faith, place and planning issues across key European cities, such as London, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Berlin.
Impact No direct outputs / outcomes at this stage, but anticipate the migrant church situation in Germany will inform future outputs and outcomes.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Uppsala University collaboration 
Organisation Uppsala University
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided the opportunity for a theology academic at Uppsala, Sweden to be part of the network and to benefit from exchanging expertise on faith, place and planning issues across Europe.
Collaborator Contribution A theology representative spoke at our first event, Perspectives, and then hosted a visit to Stockholm and Uppsala, for the network leaders to visit mosques and churches to consider the comparative faith, place and planning issues across key European cities. This will be put on the website soon. The collaboration began early in the funding application process.
Impact The Uppsala representative contributed to our understanding of the faith, place and planning situation across key European cities, which fed into the policy briefing. Disciplines are multiple, see http://faithandplacenetwork.org/networkmembers/
Start Year 2013
 
Description BBC Radio London (In Spirit) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was interviewed on the BBC Radio London programme (11/10/15) about the policy briefing for the Sunday morning In Spirit programme. The outcome was to raise awareness of faith, place and planning issues amongst faith communities in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BIAPT short paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The network PI and CI presented a short paper about the Faith and Place network at the annual British and Irish Association of Practical Theology conference in Cardiff. The purpose was to invite critical feedback on the theoretical framework guiding the project, as well as raise the profile of the project with interested academics and senior ministry practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.biapt.org.uk/2015.shtml
 
Description Church Times article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I worked with our press officer at Roehampton to generate a press release which was picked up by the Church Times on 30/10/15, headline "Council planners should embrace faith groups". This will have raised the profile of the network and briefing significantly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2015/30-october/news/uk/council-planners-should-embrace-faith...
 
Description Conversations with Paul Ede in Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Through conversations with Paul Ede of Clay Community Church, Glasgow, we have explored the possibilities of influencing planning policy in relation to faith groups in Scotland. Paul Ede referred to the network in his blog on the RTPI Scotland webpage, and we are in ongoing communication with Paul about future plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://rtpiscotland.blog/2016/12/22/faith-groups-and-the-planning-system-case-study-clay-community-...
 
Description DCLG meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A delegation from the Faith and Place network attended a meeting at the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss the draft policy briefing we had sent them, as well as what the DCLG might be able to offer the network in terms of endorsement and speakers. Although inconclusive on the day, we received good advice over what is realistic policy-wise and in terms of DCLG involvement, which later produced an endorsement from the Housing and Planning minister.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/2015/10/14/archbishop-and-dclg-minister-endorse-briefing/
 
Description Disseminating the policy briefing to local authorities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our administrator sent two copies of the policy briefing to every local authority in England, directed to their planning and community departments. The aim of this activity was to disseminate the network findings widely amongst the key professional practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Environmental Health News article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was interviewed by a journalist from the Environmental Health News about issues around noise for faith groups. Two other members of the network were also interviewed. Two notable impacts were being introduced to the Hackney Noise team through the article, and secondly, the Sunday Times science editor picked up the story as well (see Sunday Times article).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/2014/12/21/faith-and-place-network-members-speak-out-on-planning-iss...
 
Description Faith and Place Explorations event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the second event of the Faith and Place network, entitled Explorations as it was designed to develop the thinking from the first event, Perspectives. The network leaders identified four themes that had emerged from the first event and so structured Explorations by these themes, allowing more time for each theme to be explored. It was held in Birmingham, the largest local authority in the UK with many new faith groups, and therefore significant for faith, place and planning. The event was designed to then inform the final substantive network event, Futures, especially through the final roundtable discussion which we recorded and transcribed. This was stimulated by a discussion document (internal to the network) that had been produced after the first event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/events/explorations-event/
 
Description Faith and Place Futures symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the final substantial (and residential) event of the Faith and Place network, which sought to finalise the nature of our network recommendations for planning policy and its implementation. A draft policy briefing, derived from feedback from the Explorations event, was circulated prior to the symposium, to enable informed engagement. At this event we were able to draw in additional important case studies as well as hold an invaluable "Cafe Dialogue" on the final afternoon. This final session gave the direction for future engagement as well as content revisions for the policy briefing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/events/futures-event/
 
Description Faith and Place Perspectives event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 people froma range of groups attended this event, namely faith group representatives, academics from multiple disciplines, planners, policy makers, local government representatives and civil society organisations. The aim was to hear the perspectives of people from these differing backgrounds on the critical issues surrounding faith, place and planning. Faith and place from the ground up was the intention. This was substantially achieved, provoked excellent networking amongst the participants, and led to much enthusiasm for the next event. Dutch and Swedish perspectives were included, which led to excellent connections for return visits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/events/perspectives-event/
 
Description Faith and Place network website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We generated our own network website using Wordpress which enabled us to keep it up to date with news of the network, with plenty of engagement focussed content, such as downloads, images and videos of events and interviews with network participants. It will continue to be active for at least two years after the project has finished. It is the open access location for downloading all public domain network outputs, including the policy briefing, and links to all significant media coverage of the network. It was also used for streamlining the event booking process. The front end of the website is a blog so those following can be kept up to date with network news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/
 
Description Faith and Place policy briefing launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sponsored by Stephen Timms MP, the Labour party faith envoy, we held the policy briefing launch at the Jubilee Room in the House of Commons. The focus was on raising the profile of the briefing and thus the network, and the high profile event drew in additional interested parties - so Birmingham City Council, Bishop of Southwark, CofE national ecumenical officer, Land Use Consultants, Inter Faith Network, Christian Muslim Forum, and FaithAction. The event was videoed and there were many comments to the effect that those present were going to take the briefing back to their organisations to inform faith, place and planning. Furthermore, there was feedback about the need for follow-on in order to implement the recommendations, where that is possible. For video of the event see http://faithandplacenetwork.org/video/briefing-launch-video/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/events/policy-briefing-launch/
 
Description God Bless South London panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A panel event that was alongside the exhibition at Bosse and Baum entitled 'Congregation' by Chloe Dewe Mathews in south London, commissioned by Tate Modern (see collaboration). 10 people of varying backgrounds attended a panel discussion (council official, faith leader, academic (me), artist) to find out more about the motivation and meanings of 'Congregation', raising discussions afterwards with Greater London Authority representatives and requests for further information from Council representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/2015/05/13/god-bless-south-london-faith-and-place-through-the-artist...
 
Description Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Andrew Rogers and Dr Richard Gale both presented papers at this day conference organised by Historic England where 50 people attended from a variety of professional practitioner, academic and general public backgrounds. It provoked a good deal of interest in the Faith and Place network and I was approached about possible publication opportunities and others asked about further collaborative funding opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2018/03/heritage-of-minority-faith-buildings/
 
Description LSE guest blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was invited to write a guest blog for the London School of Economics blog Religion and the Public Sphere. It was entitled "How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London borough case study" and was posted in December 2016. A section of the blog referred to the Faith and Place network findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionpublicsphere/2016/12/how-are-black-majority-churches-growing-in-the-u...
 
Description Minority faith buildings day seminar, Leeds University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 4th July, myself and Richard Gale spoke at the Building Minority Faith Heritage : Research, Innovation, and Opportunities in Britain and Beyond day research seminar at Leeds University. There was extended Q&A throughout the day, to our paper, and that of others, especially the cross-cutting themes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Planning for Religious Diversity in Wales - Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Gale received impact accelerator funding from the ESRC to carry out three workshops in Wales of which this was the second (January 2019). The day workshop featured presentation of Faith and Place network outcomes in discussion with the wide range of participants. The day was led by Richard Gale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/GalgalloYohana/status/1088476180574031873
 
Description Planning for Religious Diversity in Wales - Newport 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Gale received impact accelerator funding from the ESRC to carry out three workshops in Wales of which this was the second (January 2019). The day workshop featured presentation of Faith and Place network outcomes in discussion with the wide range of participants. The day was led by Richard Gale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Planning for Religious Diversity in Wales - Swansea 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Gale received impact accelerator funding from the ESRC to carry out three workshops in Wales of which this was the first (December 2018). The day workshop featured presentation of Faith and Place network outcomes in discussion with the wide range of participants. Andrew Rogers assisted Richard Gale with the running of the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://faithandplacenetwork.org/2019/01/21/planning-for-religious-diversity-in-wales-2/
 
Description Public Sector Executive article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Given RTPI publicity (see other engagements), the Head of Research at RTPI talked to Public Sector Executive magazine, who then corresponded with the network leaders, whereupon we answered a number of questions by email. This was then published in December 2015. The outcome was to raise awareness of the network and the briefing amongst professional practitioners in the public sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Public-sector-focus/a-place-for-faith-in-the-planning-system
 
Description RTPI blog entry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Network member, Neil Harris (Cardiff University), contributed a guest blog to the RTPI website which reflected on the themes raised by the network, especially the policy briefing launch in October 2015. The purpose was to raise awareness of the network and the briefing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.rtpi.org.uk/briefing-room/rtpi-blog/faith,-place-and-plannning/
 
Description Roundtable with Faith Research Centre at ComRes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We were invited to the launch and a roundtable discussion of the new Faith Research Centre at ComRes. Further to telephone conversations with the Centre director by both PI and CI, Richard Gale, CI on the network, participated in a roundtable discussion remotely in February 2017, bringing our expertise from Faith and Place into a discussion of the significance of religion in British public life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.comresglobal.com/faith/
 
Description Spoke with Calum Fraser of the South London Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Spoke on the telephone with Calum Fraser, a journalist with the South London Press, who is working on a piece on black majority churches in south London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sunday Times article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was interviewed by the Sunday Times science editor about issues around noise for new faith groups, following on from the EHN article. This then led to an article on 21/12/14. Two other network members were also interviewed for the article. While the article takes a rather unhelpful tone, it does nevertheless raise the profile of the issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://faithandplacenetwork.org/2014/12/21/faith-and-place-network-members-speak-out-on-planning-iss...
 
Description The Planner article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A press release that I worked on with our press officer was sent to the RTPI and they added their own words, including a strong endorsement of the network policy briefing. The RTPI is the professional body for planners. The outcome was to raise the profile of the network and briefing, as well as to lead to further enquiries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/rtpi-backs-report-to-help-faith-groups-engage-with-planning
 
Description The Urban Sacred in Southwark conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 50 people from a wide mix of academics, postgraduate students, members of the public and religious practitioners, attended this day conference. I presented a brief paper that included some of the findings from the Faith and Place network, and engaged in Q&A, as well as debate with other participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://iconicreligion.com/2016/05/09/being-built-together/