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Neighbourhood improvement - Sydvest Kvarteret


Detailed description of the Good Practice

The area Sydvest Kvarteret is a residential area with approximately 6000 residents. In relation to the rest of Kolding, the area is badly affected by social problems such as drug abuse and unemployment. The neighbourhood improvement project is a comprehensive scheme to improve the environmental, social and cultural aspects of the neighbourhood, as well as the local buildings and facilities.

  • sustainable urban planning
  • participation
  • stakeholder involvment

Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective was to develop a comprehensive scheme to improve the environmental, social and cultural aspects of the neighbourhood, as well as the local buildings and

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Kolding

Target group of the Good Practice

the residents

More Details of the Good Practice

The project is based on cooperation between local residents, associations, businesses and institutions, a number of local government services and the State, whose common goal it is to improve the neighbourhood. The scheme officially began in June 1997 as an experimental project, and the cooperative measures have since given rise to highly successful improvements. On 31 December 2001, the State will terminate its involvement in the neighbourhood improvement project, but the
current process will continue by way of cooperation between the residents of Sydvest Kvarteret and the local authority. The project has demonstrated sustainable environmental and social results achieved on the basis of innovative administrative methods - results of close cooperation between local residents and the authorities.The planning process for Sydvest Kvarteret centres around a close dialogue between the parties involved in the project. The process generates results that boost the neighbourhood’s soft values in terms of social, environmental and employment factors. The results achieved in terms of improvements to local buildings and facilities constitute the hard values of the project. These are tools employed in the development process which has been initiated, but at the same time they also represent new methods that incorporate ecological concerns and environmentally- conscious attitudes in the construction process. The neighbourhood has acquired its own identity. The involvement of local residents serves as the basis for the project. The neighbourhood’s local resources are the key to sustainable results. A neighbourhood identity had to be established from the very beginning in order to generate the highest possible level of local involvement. The area has been given the name Sydvest Kvarteret by local residents and it has played an essential point to connect the identity of the neighbourhood with environmental sustainability. The edification of a shared affiliation has been strengthened by means of a number of events, large-scale meetings, opinion polls conducted via questionnaires and newsletters that subsequently developed into Sydvestern, the new local newspaper.

Right from the start of the project the residents set up theme groups whose areas of influence represented the broader areas of interest: social conditions, culture and leisure, green areas, traffic, residents and housing and the creation of a neighbourhood house. The terms of cooperation between the residents and the local authority are the result of a dynamic organisation, which is regularly adapted to meet
changing demands. The theme groups established at the beginning of the project have developed into real partnerships: residents and others who, through binding agreements with the local authority, cooperate to generate ideas and solutions. The early involvement of the residents and the many interested parties in the neighbourhood has optimised the relationship between the planning of measures and actual requirements, thus increasing the likelihood of the project’s continued success.
The liaison group is a equal mix of representatives from the partnerships along with politicians and civil servants. The group is responsible for the overall
objectives and priorities of the project. It makes certain that the different partnerships remain within the framework of the overall strategy, and it acts as a direct link between the residents and the local authority.
The organisation of the project breaks down the barriers between the residents and the decisionmakers. In the long term, extensive local involvement will de-institutionalise the government services and change the relationship between the authorities and the citizens from a client relationship to a partnership. A consultant will be attached to the neighbourhood during a transitional period in order to solve any problems associated with the project’s final anchoring within the neighbourhood.

Available files

Contact details

Peter Mogens Hee
Environmental and Planning Manager
Nytorv 11
6000 Kolding

Tel +45 75 70 15 00
Fax +45 79 30 16 00

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Award 2001