Commonplace: using the crowd for community regeneration

Commonplace uses an innovative, simple to use app and website allowing residents to comment on their local environment, be consulted for planning, transport and building works, and to have a voice in how their neighbourhood develops. By logging in to Commonplace, they can rate certain areas and respond to comments and questions. It helps developers, local authorities, housing associations, business organisations and community groups to include residents in regeneration and local developments.

The social impact

Local planning has significant issues – it is often frustrating and inefficient for those supplying the built environment (property developers, local councils, housing associations) – and those using it (residents and businesses). Processes that can be critical for the future of localities are often clouded and stalled due distrust and mutual misunderstanding between developers and communities. Commonplace breaks the deadlock by providing a neutral, efficient and constructive platform for residents, businesses and property developers to collaborate on better buildings and neighbourhoods.

Investment

ClearlySo supported the company in a round in which they raised £250k. Commonplace attracted funding from impact-focused angel investors Clearly Social Angels and Angels in the City. It also included £50k from The Big Venture challenge, a social investment fund and accelerator programme for growing social ventures, which is run by UnLtd and funded by the Big Lottery.